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Thursday 24 June 2021

6:00pm at Hamer Hall

Friday 25 June 2021

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Saturday 26 June 2021

11:30am at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Carter conductor


Schreker Kammersymphonie
Schubert Symphony No.8 Unfinished

About the performance

One of Australia’s most exciting and successful international exports Nicholas Carter returns home to conduct the MSO in a program of shimmering Franz Schreker and Schubert’s unfinished masterpiece.

  • A conducting phenom returns
    Chief Conductor of the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Kärntner Sinfonieorchester, and soon to take up the position of Opera Director at Konzert Theater Bern, Melbourne-born Nicholas Carter is one of the most revered conductors of his generation. Named Chief Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2015 – aged then just 29 – Carter is scheduled to make his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Brett Dean’s Hamlet in the 2021/22 season. He last conducted the MSO in 2017.
  • Intertwining lines
    Franz Schreker’s Kammersymphonie (Chamber Symphony) premiered in 1917, at the centenary celebrations of the Vienna Academy of Music. It’s a work of intertwining musical lines, moving from one instrument to another, resulting in a rich and dreamlike orchestral sound.
  • Unfinished but not forgotten
    Commonly known as the ‘Unfinished’ Symphony, Schubert started writing his Symphony No.8 in 1822 and completed only two movements, though he lived for another six years. The reasons why he never finished are still up for debate: the composer became ill that same year with syphilis and depression, it wasn’t uncommon for Schubert to leave works incomplete and he also felt dwarfed by the symphonic works of Beethoven. We’ll never know what might have been, but thankfully what remains is eloquent, moving and stirringly beautiful.

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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