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Thursday 24 June 2021

8:30pm at Hamer Hall

Saturday 26 June 2021

2:00pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Carter conductor
Michael Pisani cor anglais


Haydn Symphony No.96 Miracle
Anne Cawrse New work for cor anglais and orchestra (World premiere of an MSOCommission)
Stravinsky Symphony in C

About the performance

Composed in a time of extraordinary sadness in the composer’s life, Stravinsky’s Symphony in C was a piece that sustained him and gave him reason to carry on. Alongside Haydn’s Miracle Symphony and a world premiere, Nicholas Carter conducts this program celebrating new voices, new purpose and miraculous music.

  • A lifesaving commission
    On November 30, 1938, Igor Stravinsky’s daughter passed away and within a matter of months the composer’s wife and mother would also die. Europe was on the brink of war and Stravinsky fled to the United States, where he was commissioned to write a symphony celebrating 50 years of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “It is no exaggeration to say that I was able to continue my own life only by my work on the Symphony in C,” Stravinsky later said.
  • A miraculous symphony
    It’s believed the premiere of Haydn’s Symphony No.96 occurred at his very first London concert, in March of 1791 – the name Miracle comes from the story that a chandelier came crashing down in the hall, incredibly without injuring anyone. This incident actually occurred at a different Haydn concert, but the extraordinary circumstances are the same.
  • The English horn in the spotlight
    Adelaide-based composer Anne Cawrse (b. 1981) has been commissioned by many outstanding Australian ensembles, including MSO, ASO, PLEXUS and the Australian String Quartet. With a style described as ‘lush’, ‘innovative’ and ‘memorable’, here the MSOperforms a world premiere of her concerto for cor anglais and orchestra.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval.
Program and artists subject to change.

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 75% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. The MSO and Arts Centre Melbourne strongly recommends the wearing of masks where 1.5m distancing is difficult to achieve, however wearing a mask is no longer a requirement for entry.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show only
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage
The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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