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Saturday 23 July 2022

7:30pm at Recital Centre

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Dale Barltrop director & violin


Pēteris Vasks Cantabile for Strings
Shostakovich (arr. Barshai) Chamber Symphony, Op.110a
Ravel (arr. Aitken) String Quartet in F, arranged for string orchestra

About this performance

Join the MSO’s glorious string section – also known as a string orchestra or chamber orchestra – for a program showcasing the beauty and personality of this treasured family of instruments, led by MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop.

  • Contemporary Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks studied double bass before turning his hand to composition. Cantabile for Strings (‘cantabile' meaning song-like) treats the instruments like voices in a choir as overlapping melodies create sonorous beauty in passages of calm, and meditation in moments of chaos.
  • Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony was originally written for string quartet in 1960 – the same year he joined the Communist Party after enduring years of persecution at their hands. In this arrangement for string orchestra, we witness an intimate, autobiographical work of personal anguish become an expansive, universal experience.
  • Ravel’s beloved String Quartet in F has been arranged for string orchestra by Queensland Symphony Orchestra violinist Gail Aitken. This playful piece of French impressionism is the musical equivalent of a Renoir or Monet – shimmering brightness, refreshing spontaneity, and joyful musical colour – making this one of the most adored works in the classical repertoire.

Duration: approx. 75 minutes, no interval

COVIDSafe Information

The MSO and the venues in which we perform will operate under government health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event. Information about protocols in place will be included in the pre-concert email sent to attendees a few days prior to the performance.

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