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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Umberto Clerici conductor
Dale Barltrop violin


Schumann Violin Concerto
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Haydn

About the performance

MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop takes the spotlight as soloist in Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto under the baton of conductor Umberto Clerici in this program celebrating musical partnership.

  • MSO’s Concertmaster in the spotlight
    Hailed as a “wonderful musician and wonderful colleague” by MSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, Dale Barltrop has held the position of MSO Concertmaster since 2014. Here he performs as soloist in Schumann’s Violin Concerto, a heartbreaking piece written in the months before the composer would be confined to the asylum where he would die two years later, aged just 46.
  • A musical evolution
    Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Cello Umberto Clerici’s musical evolution from soloist to conductor has been one of great artistic collaboration and success. Following Clerici’s conducting debut at the Sydney Opera House, this partnership alongside MSO’s own Dale Barltrop renews the spirit of cooperation and celebration of the country’s finest classical musicians.
  • A protégé comes into his own
    Schumann’s Violin Concerto is paired with a work by his protégé, Johannes Brahms, who is inextricably linked to Robert and his wife Clara. Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn was written just as the composer was coming into his prime as a symphonic master. It was only after the success of these Variations in 1873 that Brahms would feel ready to produce his four symphonies.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval.
Program and artists subject to change.

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Make a night of it!

Prior to each performance, commencing at 6pm, conductor Umberto Clerici will put down the baton and play/direct the Orchestra through Schumann's Cello Concerto.

Info and tickets

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 100% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. The MSO and Arts Centre Melbourne strongly recommends the wearing of masks where 1.5m distancing is difficult to achieve, however wearing a mask is no longer a requirement for entry.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show only
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage
The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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