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About this performance

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Beethoven Symphony No.6 Pastoral

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Narek Hahknazaryan cello

The concert
In the year of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, 2020 sees symphony orchestras across the globe celebrating the composer’s perennially popular and prodigious artistic output. On World Environment Day, the MSO will participate in international United Nations-led project to raise awareness and inspire our city to take a stance on climate change.

For Beethoven, nature was a place of relaxation, solitude and inspiration. Today, nature is under threat and humankind is on a course to damage our environment beyond repair. Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony musically depicts the harmonious unity between mankind and nature this special project seeks to champion worldwide.

The MSO is thrilled to welcome back towering international figure, Vladimir Ashkenazy. Now in his 80s, the irrepressible Ashkenazy has led the greatest musical ensembles in the world and has a long association with orchestral music in Australia.

Armenian star cellist, Narek Hakhnazaryan will join Ashkenazy and the MSO to perform Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme. A showpiece for the cello soloist, the variations are played without a break, in a performance of subtlety and endurance.

A past winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, Hakhnazaryan’s interpretation of the Variations has been heralded as has having “spectacular technical prowess that made even the most elaborate of the variations seem effortless”.

This performance will also take place on World Environment Day, Friday 5 June.

Running time
1 hour, no interval.

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