The orchestra’s second program is bound together by works that each identify with the notions of fate and destiny. Opening with Strauss’s tone poem, Don Juan, this powerful work conjures up the verve and licentiousness of the infamous character, eventually giving way to an air of melancholy as his demise draws close. Earth Cry is an homage to Australia’s 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, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4, was written at a turbulent time in the composer’s life – and is seen as somewhat of a personal metaphor – the work, which begins darkly, finds its way through the despair to end in triumph and optimism.
The performance includes:
- Strauss – Don Juan
- Sculthorpe – Earth Cry
- Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36
Tickets available on 23 April
The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is supported by The Sidney Myer and MSO Trust.