The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is playing their part.
2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War and as such, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has prepared something special for their fans. They’ll be performing three events across Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend kicking off with a special rendition of Banjo Paterson’s ‘Waltzing Matilda’ on the Friday.
The first event will be performed by the MSO’s virtual choir, featuring singers from across the world, in a new arrangement of the famous Australian work by our very own Joe Twist. The global online community event brings together chorus aspirants who were specially-selected as part of a major MSO and MSO Chorus initiative whereby 300 submissions were received by the orchestra.
This event kicks off at 7:30pm on the Friday via the MSO’s YouTube channel.
Then it’s onto Saturday’s festivities which will see the MSO Chorus continue their tradition of participating in Melbourne’s Anzac Day Dawn Service. Broadcast live across Australia on the Saturday morning, the event will see some 50 chorus members perform ‘Be Still My Soul’, with each individual recording submitted from home and brought together under the guidance of esteemed conductor Warren Trevelyan-Jones.
The Dawn Service will be broadcast Saturday morning on ABC, Channel Seven and Channel Nine.
Then we step into Sunday which will see members from the MSO come together to perform two chamber music works that were crafted during the Second World War. In what could be considered the marquee event of the weekend, William Walton’s ‘Death of Falstaff’ and Olivier Messiaen’s ‘The Quartet for the End of Time’ will be performed with the latter a new arrangement from MSO cellist Michelle Wood.
Sunday’s event will kick off from 3pm as part of the MSO’s ongoing Sunday Sessions.
The MSO’s big three-day Anzac Day takeover kicks off from 7:30pm this Friday night and concludes on Sunday. Find out more via the MSO’s YouTube channel.
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