An internationally admired orchestra in a beautiful hall: that’s the Melbourne Symphony in Hamer Hall of the Victorian Arts Centre. The MSO now has an agreement with Unitel, the international distributor of high arts programs. From 2019, for an initial 10 year period, a selection of MSO concerts will be released to media outlets in Europe, America and Asia. Happily it doesn’t affect existing agreements with ABC and Foxtel. The MSO is the only Australian orchestra in Unitel’s highly selective stable of great cultural institutions, festivals and orchestras.
The 2019 season looks a good one for the start of such an association; the orchestra will present an extraordinary range of repertoire and artists, mostly in Hamer Hall but also in regional Victorian centres, the Town Hall and Blackwood Hall. Highlights include Lang Lang, a star of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, playing Mozart No. 24. Former rockstar Professor Brian Cox joins the orchestra in November presenting A Symphonic Universe.
Sir Andrew Davis will mark his final season programming some of his favourite works including his new orchestration of Handel’s Messiah in early December. In April, there will be Verdi’s Requiem with impressive soloists; in June Mozart’s Requiem will be paired surprisingly with Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite; and from August, superstar violinist Viktoria Mullova plays Sibelius’ Concerto. In its 113th year, the MSO is reaching out to the world.