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Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri Overture

The concert
It starts with hushed pizzicato strings, and a lyrical oboe solo. A bright and cheery allegro begins; the orchestra prancing to the sound of twittering woodwinds and cymbal crashes. Then that famous theme: first in the oboe, next as a duet between the piccolo and bassoon.

The Italian composer knew how to have fun, and he also had a keen ear for catchy melody. Not to mention he was a master shaper of the orchestra; from the overture’s quiet opening, to its brilliant tutti outbursts.

Join the MSO and see how the 21 year-old Rossini makes such light work of the orchestra in this brilliant opera overture.

Pictured: MSO on stage at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall | Image credit: Lucas Dawson

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The MSO will perform L’italiana in Algeri at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash, as part of Dale Barltrop and Ray Chen: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

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