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Friday 19 August 2022

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Christopher Moore viola


Berlioz Harold in Italy
Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony

About this performance

The prose of Lord Byron provides the artistic inspiration behind two large-scale symphonic poems by Berlioz and Tchaikovsky. MSO Principal Viola Christopher Moore assumes the instrumental role of Harold, a character who wanders through a tableau of Berlioz’s creation.

  • After the success of his startling Symphonie Fantastique, Berlioz was approached by the virtuoso violinist Paganini. Having recently acquired a Stradivarius viola, Paganini was looking for repertoire for the instrument. Harold in Italy was the result – a symphonic poem inspired by Lord Byron’s Childe Harold and Berlioz’s own travels in Italy.
  • Fifty years later, a composer suggested to Tchaikovsky that he write a symphonic work based on another of Byron’s poems, Manfred. Tchaikovsky became absorbed in the work during a trip to the Swiss Alps, dividing the work into four scenes with rich orchestral colour and dramatic nuance.

Duration: approx. 125 minutes including interval

COVIDSafe Information

The MSO and the venues in which we perform will operate under government health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event. Entry to this event will require ticket holders to comply with the venue's conditions of entry, including all relevant COVID-19 protocols, which may include providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption. Up-to-date information will be included in the pre-concert email sent to attendees a few days prior to the performance.

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