Following the cancellation of all scheduled performances, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra return to the online stage for the MSO Music Marathon, a half-day event of fine music on the Queen’s Birthday holiday, Monday 8 June.
This special event will feature a program filled with live-streamed chamber music and a collection of recent MSO concerts, bringing people together, from their homes, to celebrate music and each other.
Headlining the MSO Music Marathon will be the recent world premiere collaboration of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with Circa Contemporary Circus, performed in February 2020.
Other performances include Beethoven’s 6th (arranged for virtual orchestra) and 7th symphonies as well as his Septet, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending (arranged for string sextet, featuring concertmaster Dale Barltrop), Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.18, Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons featuring MSO violinist Anne-Marie Johnson, and Danish String Quartet’s Last Leaf. Deborah Cheetham’s musical acknowledgement of country, Long Time Living Here will open the Marathon, with the composer’s Dutala, star-filled sky also included in the program.
Alongside the music, the marathon will feature conversations with MSO musicians.
“Music is such an important part of life and this event is to celebrate Melbourne’s, and Victoria’s orchestra making a positive impact on our community. We hope to reach audiences all over the world in order to truly bring people together to be a part of our global family,” said MSO Managing Director, Sophie Galaise
The MSO Music Marathon will be held on Monday 8 June from 2-8.30pm on the MSO’s YouTube channel. Visit mso.com.au/marathon for further deets.