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SIR ANDREW DAVIS TAKES THE STAGE

16 Apr 2013

SIR ANDREW DAVIS TAKES THE STAGE Image

By Sean Car

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will welcome Sir Andrew Davis as its Chief Conductor this month with two exhilarating concerts at the new Hamer Hall in Southbank.

To officially welcome Sir Andrew back to Australia, A Joyous Celebration Gala – Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, will be held in his honour for two shows on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th of April.

The Gala will celebrate some of the biggest names in musical history and will feature one of the greatest singers of our time, Bryn Terfel, which will make for a program that Sir Andrew himself described as “truly spectacular”.

“To have Bryn Terfel singing is a huge coup in itself and for audiences to hear him sing Wagner, which he does marvelously, followed by Beethoven 9!” he said.

The world-renowned conductor, most famously known for his work as Music Director of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Conductor Laureate of both the Toronto and BBC Symphony orchestras, expressed that being announced as Chief Conductor of the MSO was a great honour.

“It’s terribly exciting!” he said. “For me it was important to build a relationship with an orchestra with whom I had great chemistry, and I found that from the first time I stepped on the podium in Melbourne.”

Beyond the Gala, Sir Andrew and the orchestra will be bringing their sublime musical experience to classical music enthusiasts throughout the season, which is something he is highly anticipating.

“I think that the breadth of programming that I will be conducting in the coming season is going to be wonderful!” he said.

“So many composers and pieces for whom I have great affection - from Mozart to Verdi to Elgar and Michael Tippett, the MSO and I will be having a tremendous time bringing it all to vibrant life.”

For bookings or more information call 13 61 00 or visit www.mso.com.au

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