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Ancient instruments, reveal alternate musical dimensions in new works and world premieres

For over 20 years, the Metropolis New Music Festival has introduced Melbourne audiences to some of the best Australian and international contemporary music and in 2017, the MSO is inviting some of the world’s biggest names and rising stars of contemporary music to rethink the ways in which ancient instruments can be used in creating innovative and intoxicating music for our time.

Featuring world premieres from Joseph Tawadros and the MSO 2017 Composer in Residence, Elena Kats-Chernin, this concert will highlight the fascinating musical opportunities to be found in instruments such as the oud (a North African stringed instrument similar to the lute), the harpsichord (a keyboard that was prominent in the Renaissance and Baroque eras) and the recorder. Experience the cutting-edge music of Melbourne’s very own Metropolis series, live from the Melbourne Recital Centre and join the MSO to experience tomorrow’s generation of big name music makers today.

The MSO is delighted to welcome Elena Kats-Chernin, one of Australia’s leading composers, as its 2017 Composer in Residence.

Join the artists for a post-concert CD signing in the ground floor foyer.

Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Recital Centre


Prologue and Toccata from Orfeo

Joesph Tawadros
Oud Concerto (World premiere)


Pierre Boulez
Dialogue de l’Ombre double


Brett Dean

Elena Kats-Chernin
Harpsichord Concerto (World premiere)


Brett Kelly conductor
Mahan Esfahani harpsichord/conductor
Erik Bosgraaf recorder
Joseph Tawadros oud
Robert MacFarlane tenor


Edgy and exciting, Metropolis galvanises music-making in Melbourne in May every year.