The 2023 season of almost 200 events, will showcase 36 Australian works, welcome 86 guest soloists and conductors, including 26 debut appearances with the MSO. Half of the guest artists across the season’s mainstage program are female, with ten of the 17 new MSO commissions throughout 2023 composed by women.
Audiences are invited to experience the majesty of nature through music, be swept away in the beautiful melodies of the great Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov in his 150th anniversary year, and relish in the great violin concertos performed by leading soloists from around the world.
Along with Gala performances, international guests and a stunning subscription series, the MSO will tour across Victoria, perform its annual free concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, continue its commitment to learning and engagement in schools across the state, and extend its global reach through digital channels.
In addition, the MSO will present two extraordinary international orchestras to Victorian audiences. In May, the London Symphony Orchestra will perform two programs under the baton of luminary conductor Sir Simon Rattle. And in August, the MSO will present the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with nine-time GRAMMY award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, performing Marsalis’ epic All Rise with the MSO, conducted by Benjamin Northey.
The MSO’s annual calendar of Gala events begins with Season Opening Gala Zenith of Life, featuring Soloist in Residence Siobhan Stagg (soprano) performing the achingly beautiful music of Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs. Celebrated Australian composer Mary Finsterer begins her tenure as MSO Composer in Residence with the gala premiere of her serene and majestic new work, Mysterium I, inspired by a renaissance-style motet, and the program culminates with Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.
The East Meets West program returns with the MSO’s tenth annual Chinese New Year Concert welcoming the Australian debut of musicians from the Sichuan Orchestra of China conducted by their Artistic Director, Darrell Ang. MSO Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang will conduct the MSO in September; she will be joined by American superstar violinist Esther Yoo for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and pianist Joyce Yang for her lyrical program Homelands – Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto and Smetana’s Má vlast.
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