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Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto · PDF file3 ARTISTS Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Eoin Andersen violin/director REPERTOIRE R. Strauss Serenade for Winds Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

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  • C O N C E R T P R O G R A M

    Thursday 9 June at 8pm Melbourne Recital Centre

    Friday 10 June at 8pm Robert Blackwood Hall

    Saturday 11 June at 6:30pm Melbourne Recital Centre

    Mendelssohns Violin Concerto

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    WHATS ON JUNE JULY 2016

    RACHMANINOVS PAGANINI RHAPSODY Thursday 16 June Friday 17 June

    Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis, ever the diligent adventurer, takes us from early Haydn his Symphony No.6, Le matin to Rachmaninovs famous Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with the French virtuoso Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and Ives quirky Fourth Symphony.

    CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE Friday 15 July Saturday 16 July

    A host of international circus performers including aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen join the MSO in this dazzling display. Inspired by classical masterpieces, the performers bring their acrobatic and illusory skills to new and exciting levels.

    GLUZMAN PLAYS BRAHMS Friday 24 June Saturday 25 June Monday 27 June

    The mighty challenges of the Brahms Violin Concerto are tackled by Ukrainian-born Israeli virtuoso, Vadim Gluzman, making his debut with the MSO. It is preceded by another powerful work, orchestral excerpts from Berliozs dramatic symphony, Romeo and Juliet. This program also features the world premiere of Australian composer James Ledgers Hollow Kings.

    SHAKESPEARE CLASSICS Thursday 21 July Friday 22 July

    2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. This commemorative concert, conducted by Alexander Shelley, presents Bard-related works by four composers: Mendelssohn, Korngold, Walton and Richard Strauss. Mozarts Piano Concerto No.27 completes the program.

    BEETHOVENS FIFTH Friday 29 July

    Three classic masterpieces on the one program with MSO Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey but which is the greatest? Webers dark and mystical overture to his opera Der Freischtz? Bruchs glorious evergreen Violin Concerto? Or Beethovens Symphony No.5? Cast your vote, please.

    SIR ANDREW DAVIS CONDUCTS MAHLER 6 Thursday 30 June Friday 1 July Saturday 2 July

    Sir Andrew Davis and the MSOs Mahler cycle continues with the powerful Symphony No.6, which incorporates everything from cowbells to fatalistic hammer blows. American pianist Jonathan Biss returns to the MSO to play Mozarts Piano Concerto No.21.

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    ARTISTS

    Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    Eoin Andersen violin/director REPERTOIRE

    R. Strauss Serenade for Winds

    Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor

    Interval

    R. Strauss arr. Dean Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

    Stravinsky Pulcinella: Suite

    This concert has a duration of approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes, including a 20-minute interval.

    This performance will be recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic FM on Wednesday 29 June at 1pm.

    Visit mso.com.au/broadcast for more information about upcoming concert broadcasts.

    Pre-Concert Talk 7pm Thursday 9 June, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre 7pm Friday 10 June, Foyer, Robert Blackwood Hall

    Andrew Aronowicz will present a talk on the artists and works featured in the program.

    Post-Concert Conversation 8:30pm Saturday 11 June, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

    Join MSO Director of Artistic Planning Ronald Vermeulen for a post-concert conversation.

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    MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) was established in 1906 and is Australias oldest orchestra. It currently performs live to more than 250,000 people annually, in concerts ranging from subscription performances at its home, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne, to its annual free concerts at Melbournes largest outdoor venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The Orchestra also delivers innovative and engaging programs to audiences of all ages through its Education and Outreach initiatives.

    Sir Andrew Davis gave his inaugural concerts as the MSOs Chief Conductor in 2013, having made his debut with the Orchestra in 2009. Highlights of his tenure have included collaborations with artists such as Bryn Terfel, Emanuel Ax, Truls Mrk and Rene Fleming, and the Orchestras European Tour in 2014 which included appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Copenhagens Tivoli Concert Hall. Further current and future highlights with Sir Andrew Davis include a complete cycle of the Mahler symphonies. Sir Andrew will maintain the role of Chief Conductor until the end of 2019.

    The MSO also works with Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, as well as with such eminent recent guest conductors as Thomas Ads, John Adams, Tan Dun, Charles Dutoit, Jakub Hra, Mark Wigglesworth, Markus Stenz and Simone Young. It has also collaborated with non-classical musicians including Burt Bacharach, Nick Cave, Sting, Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, DJ Jeff Mills and Flight Facilities.

    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra reaches a wider audience through regular radio broadcasts, recordings and CD releases, including a Strauss cycle on ABC Classics which includes Four Last Songs, Don Juan and Also sprach Zarathustra, as well as Ein Heldenleben and Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo, both led by Sir Andrew Davis. On the Chandos label the MSO has recently released Berlioz Harold en Italie with James Ehnes and music by Charles Ives which includes Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, as well as a range of orchestral works including Three Places in New England, again led by Sir Andrew Davis.

    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is funded principally by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and is generously supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources. The MSO is also funded by the City of Melbourne, its Principal Partner, Emirates, corporate sponsors and individual donors, trusts and foundations.

    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land on which we perform The Kulin Nation and would like to pay our respects to their Elders and Community both past and present.

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    EOIN ANDERSEN VIOLIN/DIRECTOR

    A native of Wisconsin, USA, Eoin Andersen began violin lessons at the age of 5. His teachers have included Sr. Noraleen Retinger, Gerald Fischbach, David Taylor, Efim Boico, and his foremost musical influence, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

    He studied film production and arts management at New York University and graduated in 2000. He made his concerto debut with the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. As a former member of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, he toured the US and Europe performing chamber works of Schumann and Bartk among others.

    Eoin has performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and as Guest Principal with the Mahler and Australian Chamber Orchestras, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and frequently with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.

    He was a long-time member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. As a founding member and director of the Mahler Chamber Soloists, he performed in South America and throughout Europe, and collaborated with the pianist Fazl Say, the choreographer Sasha Waltz, and soprano Anna Prohaska. He has made chamber music performances at the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Sarasota Festivals in the United States, and at the Il de Re Festival in Bordeaux, in Aix-en Provence, in a Pacific Music Festival sponsored tour of Japan, at the Lucerne Festival, and biannually at the ICMF Wassenaar in the Netherlands, among others. Most recently he collaborated with Patricia Kopatchinskaja in a Bach Double Concerto concert in Zurich.

    Eoin was appointed Principal Second Violin of the Orchester der Oper Zrich in 2011. He left that position in 2015 to become Co-Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

    Eoin divides his time between homes in Berlin and Melbourne.

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    Late in life Richard Strauss would occasionally conduct his Op.7 Serenade, muttering that it wasnt too bad for a music student. He was only 17 at the time he composed this work, but he had been a music student of one sort or another for well over a decade. And of course he had grown up in the household of one of Germanys most eminent musicians, his father Franz Strauss.

    Franz was the leading horn player in the German-speaking world, and had married into a wealthy brewing family in Munich, where he was principal horn in the Court Orchestra. He was, therefore, well connected both socially and musically, a situation which was of undeniable help to his sons career. Like Leopold Mozart, perhaps, Franz sought to influence Richards musical development, and in particular to keep him from being contaminated by the music of Wagner. As Richard later wrote, Franzs musical trinity was Mozart (above all), Haydn and Beethoven. In other words Franz was an unapologetic classicist and Wagners music was anathema to him. Except that Franz was a frequent member of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, playing in the premiere performances of such works as Parsifal and losing no opportunity to bag Wagners music in public. Wagner, for his part, was uncharacteristically tolerant, knowing that it was one way to have a great virtuoso playing music in which the horn is indispensable.

    Franzs aesthetic influence is clear in the early Serenade Op.7, though the work is by no means faux-Mozart. The scoring for winds is in accordance with the classical serenade. Here, Strauss uses two flutes, oboes and