Cancelled: Metropolis 2020: Håkan Hardenberger

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Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra


Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Metropolis on Wednesday 8 April has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to COVID-19 is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

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Event details

Musician. Innovator. Communicator. Join the MSO at the new-look Metropolis, an innovative one-night-only event headlined by Swedish trumpet virtuoso and new music pioneer, Håkan Hardenberger.

All corners of the Melbourne Recital Centre will come alive in a journey of sound. In this artist-led musical discovery exploring the relationship between creator and performer, Metropolis’ Artistic Director Hardenberger will play/conduct the MSO across four connected programs – Prologue, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Epilogue.

The long-standing career and distinctive work of Franco-American composer Betsy Jolas will form the focus of the evening. A trendsetter for musical fashion, she, together with Hardenberger, trace a line from the likes of Messiaen to the present day in this specially-curated program. In a very rare appearance, 93 year-old Jolas will step into the spotlight for a Q&A event with Hardenberger and Metropolis curator Matthew Hoy.

Håkan Hardenberger directs an evening with the MSO, as well as staff and students from Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, through a program covering a vast breadth of influences from Australian composers Lisa Illean and Brett Dean through to Canadian folk artist Joni Mitchell’s immaculate Both Sides Now. Hardenberger has always championed the creation of new music, pushing the boundaries of the trumpet and orchestral performance. Borne out of his endeavours as an instrumentalist, conductor and commissioner of work, Hardenberger’s collaborations provide an opportunity for audiences to experience a fresh take on exciting new trajectories in classical music.

Purchase a seat to see the MSO in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and enjoy the Q&A session with Betsy Jolas, or expand your Metropolis evening to experience the intimate Prologue and Epilogue (limited capacity).

About the program

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and staff and students from the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music perform works by Jolas, Dean, Varese and more. See the PROGRAM tab for more information.


Håkan Hardenberger director / trumpet
Betsy Jolas special guest / composer
Claire Edwardes percussion
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Staff and students from the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University


6.30pm Prologue (Primrose Potter Salon)

Featuring chamber works of Betsy Jolas alongside contemporary Australian and Swedish compositions.

7pm Metropolis: Chapter 1 (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall)

Håkan Hardenberger Conductor
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Varese Integrales
Jolas Well Met Suite
Dean Dream Sequence

8.15pm Q&A with Betsy Jolas
8.30pm Metropolis: Chapter 2 (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall)

Håkan Hardenberger director/trumpet
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jolas Onze Lieder*
Illean Januaries
Damstrom TUNDO!

9.45pm Epilogue (Primrose Potter Salon)

Including works by Betsy Jolas, Joni Mitchell and Mark-Anthony Turnage.