Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Carlo Antonioli conductor
David Thomas basset clarinet*
Deborah Cheetham Long Time Living Here (Musical Acknowledgement of Country)
Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture
Mozart Clarinet Concerto*
Beethoven Symphony No.5
About the performance
Experience an evening of sparkling Mendelssohn and Beethoven’s thundering Fifth Symphony with the MSO and Cybec Assistant Conductor Carlo Antonioli.
- Awestruck by the towering columns of rock and the rushing water at Fingal’s Cave on a visit to Scotland’s Hebrides islands, Mendelssohn wrote his evocative overture depicting the monumental beauty and forces of nature he encountered.
- Ever the pioneer, Mozart wrote his Clarinet Concerto for basset clarinet – an instrument with a wider range than the existing clarinet enabling greater dramatic and musical variation. The only problem was that the instrument didn’t yet exist, and was only finished just in time for the work’s premiere! Hear this beloved concerto through new ears as MSO Principal Clarinet David Thomas performs on this rare and extraordinary instrument.
- Beethoven’s Fifth opens with the most famous ‘da da da duumm!’ in history. But there is more to this piece than its impactful beginning: Beethoven takes a number of simple themes and expertly weaves them into a layered musical texture, all while building a sense of dramatic urgency.
*Please note: David Thomas will now perform Mozart's Clarinet Concerto at this performance, replacing the original program of Christopher Moore performing Mark Holdsworth's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.