University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

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The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs a captivating program featuring Strauss, Sculthorpe and Tchaikovsky.

The orchestra’s second program explores the themes of fate and destiny, opening with Strauss’ tone poem, Don Juan, in which the verve and licentiousness of the eponymous character eventually gives way to melancholic reflection as his demise draws close.

Earth Cry is a homage to the stewardship of the Australian landscape and reflects Sculthorpe’s desire for modern society to listen to the ‘cry of the earth’, as Aboriginal cultures have done for many thousands of years. The concert finale is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4, written at turbulent time in the composer’s life and somewhat of a metaphor, the work which begins darkly but ultimately ends in triumph and optimism.

Presented by The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music