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25 February 2022 at 7.30pm
26 February 2022 at 7.30pm

Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
William Barton yidaki (didgeridoo)


Haydn Symphony No.6 Le matin
Deborah Cheetham Baparripna (World premiere of an MSO Commission)
Mahler Symphony No.1

About this performance

The MSO ushers in a bold new era with Jaime Martín at the helm as Chief Conductor, in this optimistic program exploring new beginnings.

  • Joseph Haydn spent thirty years working as resident composer and music director for the Hungarian aristocratic family the Eszterházys. In his first year in the position, Haydn wrote Symphony No.6 Le matin (the morning). This sprightly work is sprinkled with instrumental solos, which will showcase the talented members of the MSO.
  • MSO First Nations Creative Chair Deborah Cheetham AO will collaborate with William Barton for the first time to create a new work for orchestra and didgeridoo, Baparripna (Yorta Yorta - Dawn): "Waking beneath our mutual sky, all the sweetness of life’s possibilities laid out before us. Dawn sits peacefully and powerfully on the endless horizon of longing for our return. Time has ceased to be linear, if it ever was and Gorngany’s* carolling fills the air pierced with blue solitude. We walk together with our ancestors in this rare light, as our dreams are carried away by the morning star."
    *Yorta Yorta name for Magpie
  • Gustav Mahler described the first movement of his First Symphony as the “awakening of nature from a long winter sleep”. This lyrical symphony continues on with a multitude of inspirations: Mahler drew on everything from past romantic entanglements, a nineteenth century woodcut print, a funeral march, and a nursery rhyme!

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

"The concert opens with Haydn’s evocative depiction of the beginning of a new day, and Deborah Cheetham’s new work for orchestra and didgeridoo continues with the ‘awakenings’ theme. Mahler’s words about the opening of his first movement, ‘awakening of nature from a long winter sleep’ beautifully describe his intentions."

-Jaime Martín

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