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Important Concert Update

Due to the extension of the Victorian lockdown, this performance will not proceed as scheduled. The MSO Box Office will contact affected ticket holders with more information as soon as possible.

We thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time.

Featuring

Fabian Russell conductor
Konstantin Shamray piano

Program

Stravinsky Concerto in E-flat Dumbarton Oaks
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1
Elena Kats-Chernin Dance of the Paper Umbrellas
Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 Classical

About the performance

Pianist Konstantin Shamray and conductor Fabian Russell bring Russian mastery to the Melbourne Town Hall with the towering talents of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

  • A prestigious piano talent
    Russian-born, Australian-based pianist Konstantin Shamray studied in Moscow before receiving both first prize and the audience choice award at the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition in 2008. He has performed to great acclaim across Europe and Australia, eventually taking up a position of Piano Lecturer at the University of Adelaide in 2019.
  • An astounding technical showcase
    Premiering in 1933 with the composer himself at the piano, Shostakovich’s first piano concerto is intentionally technically astounding – so he could showcase his own significant talents in performance! Also included in this program is Prokofiev’s compact masterpiece, his Classical Symphony, reminiscent of Haydn. The concert is completed with Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat, penned for the 30th wedding anniversary of a prominent American couple whose house was named Dumbarton Oaks, and Elena Kats-Chernin’s brisk and playful Dance of the Paper Umbrellas.
  • A master of musical diversity
    A near three-decade career of great musical diversity has seen Fabian Russell hold positions with leading orchestras and ensembles across the nation, including Principal Tuba with the MSO. In conducting Victorian Opera’s Nixon in China, Limelight editor Clive Paget described Russell as handling, “the not inconsiderable challenges with aplomb”.

Duration: approx. 60 minutes with no interval.
Program and artists subject to change.

COVIDSafe information

Arts Centre Melbourne will operate under government regulations in place at the time of the event, which are subject to change. Relevant guidelines will be sent to ticket holders by email prior to the performance.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show and if there's an interval involved.
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage
The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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