French composers in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra 2019 program

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The 2019 Canberra Symphony Orchestra program has been released. Compared with the Symphony Orchestras of the other Australian capitals, there are very few French works but we have still found 2 concerts which fit this theme.


CSO Opera Gala – 19 May

Works from Bizet’s opera Carmen (Aragonaise and Je dis que rien ne m’épouvant) will be played in this opera gala concert. You will also hear songs by Monteverdi, Gluck, Mozart and Beethoven.


Adult tickets cost $55 to $95, but if you are under 30, you will only have to pay $29! There are also reduced ticket prices for concession card holder or groups of 10 or more.


ActewAGL Llewellyn Three  – 22 August

The ActewAGL Llewellyn series is the largest of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s concert series. It takes its inspiration from Ernest Llewellyn, a true pioneer of classical music in Canberra and who alway strived for musical excellence.


This series highlights the talent and artistry of CSO musicians while they play classic or contemporary symphonic works by composers old and new, international and Australian. This series celebrates world-class soloists.


In this particular concert, Ravel’s La Valse will be played by Andrea Lam on piano. You will hear Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition orchestrated also by Ravel. Works from Rachmaninov and Matthew Hindson will also be played.


Adult tickets cost between $55 and $95, but again if you are under 30, tickets will only cost you $29! There are also reduced price tickets available for concession card holders or groups of 10 or more.


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French composers among the 2019 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra program

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It’s that time of year when all of the musical and theatrical companies are releasing their programs for next year. It’s also the moment where we realise that we would like to have a lot more money to be able to go to everything!


The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra program has been released. Below, you will find concerts by French or francophone composers.

Ravel’s Mother Goose – 8 April

Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) will be performed in concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Ravel’s pieces were originally for the piano but he transformed them into orchestral versions.


Tickets for this concert are $29 for adults and are $25 for Concession card holders.


Ludovic Morlot – A night at sea – 16 and 17 May

Ludovic Morlot leads the orchestra in a series of works with water as theme. Among the works that will be played at the concert are La source d’un regard by Marc-André Dalbavie and Debussy’s La Mer.


Tickets cost $59 to $149 for adults and there are also reduced price tickets for concession card holders.


This concert will also be played in Geelong on 17 May.


Romantic and Rhapsodic – 2 June

This concert features works by Dean, Bruch and Loeffler. While none of them is French, Loeffler’s music was strongly influenced by French aesthetic. His two rhapsodies explore the feelings brought about by the opulence of French symbolism and leaning towards the sensuality of impressionism.


Adult tickets cost $62 and $56 for concession card holders.


Meet the Orchestra: Carnival of Dangerous Creatures – 13 June

This concert is part of the program for MSO Education Week. Musicians from the MSO will lead you on a sonar safari as they perform Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns and Dangerous Creatures by Hindson.


Tickets cost $17 and tickets who bring their students are entitled to a free ticket per group of 10 or more students.


The Rite of Spring –18 and 20 July

Even if Stravinsky isn’t French, his work The Rite of Spring is truly linked to France because it was in Paris, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées that on 29 May 1913, the Ballets Russes were making their debut of their work The Rite of Spring, which lead a now famous riot.


In this concert, you will hear The Rite of Spring as well as Perséphone, both by Stravinsky.


Tickets cost $59 to $149 and there are reduced tickets for concession card holders.


The Rite of Spring and Firebird – 19 July (Geelong)

Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite will be played along with Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and The Rite of Spring in this concert. You can also listen to Mother Goose in the concert of the same name on 8 April, as mentioned above.


Tickets cost between $53 and $102 for adults and there are reduced priced tickets for concession card holders.


Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto – 21 August

This matinée concert will see (or hear) Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 played along with extracts from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Tickets cost between $59 and $99.50 for adults and there are reduced priced tickets for concession card holders.


Symphonie Fantastique – 22 to 24 August

Extracts from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream sets the scene for Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 and Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.


Tickets cost between $65 and $149. There are reduced priced tickets for concession card holders.


Note that the 23 August concert will be held in Monash and not at Hamer Hall like others. For tickets to the Monash concert, click here

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Will you be going to see any of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra concerts? Who is your favourite composer?