Sir Andrew Davis became Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2013 and, happily, will continue until the end of 2019. He has recently announced the Orchestra’s 2018 program which has followed his balanced approach of matching the skills of particular artists with the repertoire that will best display those skills. There are numerous series of concerts with different combinations of elements so that a member of the public can choose that which most appeals to them.
Sir Andrew has made sure there are many attractions including what he calls ‘one of the greatest pieces ever written’ – Edward Elgars’ The Dream of Gerontius with Stuart Skelton in the title role (March 8 &10). He will conduct Mahler’s stupendous 9th Symphony on March 16, 17 & 19. One of his favourite artists, celebrated baritone Thomas Hampson sings Mahler on June 7 & 8. The glamorous and wonderful violinist Anne-Sofie Mutter gives her first Melbourne performances playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto (June 22 & 23). Simone Young returns to Melbourne to conduct the Bruckner Symphony No. 6 (July 5 & 7). Perennial favourite The Planets by Gustav Holst will be performed on August 30, 31 & September 1. There is a wonderful range of choice. Impressively, the MSO gives a number of these concerts in Geelong and an ensemble from the Orchestra tours to regional centres in Victoria. This is an orchestra which keeps close to its audiences and yet is constantly reaching out to the wider public.
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