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Thursday 15 July 2021 at 8.30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Lawrence Renes conductor


John Adams Harmonielehre

About this performance

John Adams’ colourful masterpiece Harmonielehre may not be a symphony by name, but it certainly is a symphony by nature. Comprised of three impressive movements, the work is a thrilling combination of romanticism, post-minimalism and symphonic orchestration.

  • John Adams is a Grammy Award and Pulitzer Prize winning composer: “One of the most significant and sophisticated commentaries on and embodiments of symphonic thinking of the late 20th century.” –The Guardian
  • Harmonielehre launches with a powerful pounding of 39 E-minor chords. This exciting and hugely cinematic work features four percussionists performing across: marimba, tubular bells, triangle, glockenspiel, xylophone, crotales, cymbals, tam tam, vibraphone, gong and chimes. “There is a breadth of colour and excitement to this brilliant piece of music.” –Robert Cossom, MSO Percussionist
  • Harmonielehre is rarely-performed – the MSO last performed it in 2010. This performance will be led from the podium by acclaimed Dutch-Maltese conductor Lawrence Renes, who has been a champion of John Adams’ music throughout his career.

Duration: Approx. 50 minutes with no interval

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