The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra launched its 2017 season tonight at Hamer Hall and it might appeal to film fans as much as it does to music fans.
The John Williams’ music scores for big budget movies Jurassic Park and the first two Harry Potter movies The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets will be performed as accompaniment to the screening of the films.
In addition, the MSO will perform Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood score while the Paul Thomas Anderson Academy Award-winning film plays on the big screen. The orchestra will also accompany the screening of Miloš Forman’s 1984 famous film Amadeus which includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 and the Requiem.
Meanwhile the MSO’s contribution to the inaugural Asia-TOPA festival will see it and a 20-piece orchestra of Javanese gamelan players perform the live score for the new silent film Satan Jawa directed by the Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho. The soundtrack is co-written by Iain Grandage and Indonesia’s Rahayu Supanggah. (Asia-TOPA is a three-month celebration of Asian-focused performance and culture from January to April held across Melbourne and initiated by the Myer Foundation.)
Other MSO highlights next year are a new Choral Series highlighting the greatest works in the choral repertoire: Carmina burana, Beethoven’s Ninth: Ode to Joy, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and Mozart’s Requiem.
The MSO Master Series sees new music mixed with the major repertoire including music by Mahler, Bartok, Stravinsky, Haydn, Bruckner, Ravel, and Rachmaninov.
Special events include Thaïs: Opera in Concert, a Mozart Festival, and for the first time the MSO will host an Ensemble in Residence (the Australian String Quartet) and its first ever Composer in Residence (Elena Kats-Chernin).
Visiting artists include the French pianist and wolf conservationist Hélène Grimaud, German cellist Daniel Muller-Schott and 2017 will also see the return of superstar violinist Maxim Vengerov who will play at the MSO’s opening night gala event.
The 2017 season stats show there are 18 Australian works, five Australian premieres, nine world premieres, nine commissions or co-commissions, and 33 Australian guest artists, 39 international guest artists, and three new recordings in next year’s program.
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