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MSO: Fantasy and the Firebird


MSO: Fantasy and the Firebird

  • Date: Friday, 8 March 2019, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Melbourne Town Hall — 120 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: Adult: $59 - $135 | Concession: $54 - $130 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9929 9600

Event Details

Be entranced by evocative folksongs and dances of Norway and Russia in the 2019 Melbourne Town Hall opening concert. Excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite evoke a splendid sunrise, a near-death scene with angry trolls in the hall of the mountain king, and the siren song of the saintly Solveig, waiting patiently in the Norwegian mountains for Peer’s return. Jacqueline Porter sings Solveig and returns later for a song without words, the Vocalise by Rachmaninov. You can almost hear someone weeping in this heartfelt lament.

Stravinsky’s Firebird ballet catapulted the young Russian composer to fame in Paris. Create your own pictures of Prince Ivan and his magical helper the Firebird. Like any good tale, there’s a ‘happily ever after’ ending when the most beautiful princess is rescued by Ivan so the story can end with a wedding celebration.


Benjamin Northey conductor
Jacqueline Porter soprano
Kristian Chong piano


Grieg Peer Gynt (selection)
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Kats-Chernin Dance of the Paper Umbrellas
Rachmaninov Vocalise
Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919)

Featured non-Australian music: Stravinsky, Grieg, Rachmaninov

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Dance of the Paper Umbrellas : full orchestra (2013) by Elena Kats-Chernin
— performed by Benjamin Northey and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Featured artists

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