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27 May at 10am


Saturday 20 November 2021

11:00am at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Finnegan Downie Dear conductor


Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite
Stravinsky Petrushka

About this performance

Acclaimed young conductor Finnegan Downie Dear makes his anticipated debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s Petrushka and selections from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

  • The suite from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker came about when the composer’s ballad The Voyevoda was programmed for performance in St Petersburg. Tchaikovsky had destroyed the full score following its first performance, and so needed to quickly find a replacement for the upcoming performance. He compiled and orchestrated the suite in early 1892, which was immediately an audience favourite.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is famously used in Disney’s Fantasia, with the different musical segments corresponding to the changing seasons.
  • After his success with Ballet Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev on Les Sylphides and Firebird, the idea of a puppet “suddenly endowed with life” came to Igor Stravinsky. After hearing just a little, Diaghilev was thrilled to start workshopping choreography for Petrushka and the ballet premiered in Paris in 1911.
  • Petrushka tells the love story of three puppets; in short, Petrushka is in love with the Ballerina, but the Ballerina loves the Moor. A classic, complicated tale!
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