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Thursday 21 March 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall

Saturday 23 March 2024

7:30pm at Hamer Hall


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Alban Gerhardt cello
Upper voices of the MSO Chorus
Warren Trevelyan-Jones
chorus director


Elgar Cello Concerto
Holst The Planets
Deborah Cheetham Fraillon Earth*

*World Premiere of an MSO Commission

About this performance

Join the MSO and Jaime Martín for two of the most emotionally-stirring works of all time. Alban Gerhardt brings intense musicality to perform Elgar’s ravishing Cello Concerto, and Gustav Holst’s magnificent The Planets gets a new celestial addition.

  • Elgar composed his Cello Concerto in the aftermath of the First World War. This extraordinary piece – at once emotionally reserved and overflowing in its lyrical expansiveness – has become a cornerstone of 20th century music.
  • While Elgar was writing his Cello Concerto, Gustav Holst sat elsewhere in England pondering the mysteries of the solar system. The resulting suite – The Planets – takes us on an otherworldly journey among these heavenly bodies, exploring each in the context of their corresponding Greek and Roman Gods. Perhaps the best known of these – Jupiter – has since become the melody to English anthem ‘I vow to Thee, My Country’.
  • A newly-commissioned work by Yorta Yorta composer Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO completes the picture – a First Nations perspective on Earth to join its siblings among the stars.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

Listen to The Planets

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