The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is celebrating 125 years of outstanding musicianship with a remarkable series of performances around the globe. Led by Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons, its world tour takes in six continents in a single year – the first orchestra ever to do this – including performances in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney as part of its Australian tour.
“With Hamer Hall back online after its sensational multi-million dollar redevelopment, we are delighted to be participating in the World Orchestra Series for this first time and presenting an orchestra that sits at the very pinnacle of international orchestras,” said Ms Isherwood.
“Now Melbourne audiences will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the very best of the best with one of the world’s most illustrious conductors in two incredible concerts in one of the top concert halls in the world.”
Globally, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has long been admired for its performances and programming, as confirmed in 2008 when it was hailed as “the World’s Greatest Orchestra” by the respected magazine Gramophone.
Lauded for its exquisite musicianship, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has only had six chief conductors in the past 125 years, including its current maestro Mariss Jansons, who was appointed in 2004.
The Orchestra will perform works that have played an important role in its history. Its first program will feature Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, composed in 1888, the year the orchestra was founded.
The second program comprises Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with soloist Yefim Bronfman, widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today, and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, a work the composer dedicated to the Orchestra.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra comprises 120 players hailing from over 20 countries, including former Australian Chamber Orchestra violinist Jane Piper who has been with the orchestra since 2011.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Performances: 26 & 27 November 2013
Bookings: 1300 182 183 or online at: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
For more information, visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for details.
Image: Mariss Jansons by Anne Dokter