q orches­tra: AUS­TRALIAN WORLD

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Since its in­au­gu­ral con­cert se­ries in 2011, the AWO has es­tab­lished it­self as ar­guably the most ex­cit­ing or­ches­tral ini­tia­tive in Aus­tralia's cul­tural his­tory, daz­zling au­di­ences in Aus­tralia and over­seas and per­form­ing to over 34,000 mu­sic lovers.

Dubbed ‘the Soc­ceroos of classical mu­sic', the AWO brings to­gether Aus­tralia's elite na­tional and in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians to present un­ri­valled per­for­mances of mu­si­cal vir­tu­os­ity.

Un­der con­cert masters Natalie Chee and Daniel Dodds, the 2018 en­sem­ble in­cludes 86 Aus­tralian mu­si­cians from the world's lead­ing or­ches­tras, in­clud­ing the Ber­lin, Vi­enna and Hong Kong Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tras, the Chicago and Lon­don Sym­phony Or­ches­tras, and mu­si­cians from the Aus­tralian state or­ches­tras and lo­cal mu­sic en­sem­bles.

Over the course of his stel­lar ca­reer, the 76-year-old Naples-born con­duc­tor, Mae­stro Ric­cardo Muti has led many of the most im­por­tant or­ches­tras in the world in­clud­ing the Ber­lin, New York, Vi­enna and Lon­don Phil­har­mon­ics, and the Orchestre Na­tional de France. On his last Aus­tralian visit, he was made an Hon­orary Cit­i­zen of Syd­ney.

For this spe­cial three con­cert event, Mae­stro Muti will con­duct a mov­ing pro­gramme, com­menc­ing with Jo­hannes Brahms' serene and idyl­lic Sym­phony No.2 in D Ma­jor, be­fore lead­ing the AWO through Py­otr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's life- af­firm­ing Sym­phony No.4 in F Mi­nor, a work that moves from a mood of per­va­sive gloom to one of ir­re­sistible pos­i­tiv­ity, and as a noted Verdi spe­cial­ist, in­clud­ing a Verdi sur­prise.

Mae­stro Ric­cardo Muti Con­ducts The Aus­tralian World Orches­tra For 3 Ex­tra­or­di­nary Con­certs In 2018. Wed­nes­day 2 May (7pm) - Con­cert Hall, Syd­ney Opera House Fri­day 4 May (8pm) - Con­cert Hall, Syd­ney Opera House Satur­day 5 May (7.30pm) - Hamer Hall, Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne

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