There are 1001 reasons to fall in love with this music. Great Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov lays the foundations for this bright, colourful and gorgeously textured evocation of the exotic. She was the woman who spun her own fate from the threads of narrative: Scheherazade, the star and storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights. She famously escaped death by drawing her executioner further and further into the tale. It’s a trait Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov would employ in the symphonic suite he named after the cunning narrator, with sweeping and immersive instrumentation. Scheherazade was composed in 1888 and draws on Rimsky-Korsakov’s career as an officer in the Imperial Russian Navy. He had a lifelong fascination with folklore and his role as an inspector of Naval bands gave him a long association with the ocean. The suite conjures the brine and the sea-spray that would accompany Sinbad on his many journeys, and brims with exoticism. Under the baton of Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, making his MSO debut, it soars like the chronicles of old. Deeply spiritual and full of impassioned lament, Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque is a work of introspection and profundity. The composer’s original conception of the work for voice is unmistakeable, especially in the hands of Timo-Veikko Valve whose cello sings with rich lyricism. PROGRAM BLOCH Schelomo: Rhapsodie Hébraïque* RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade ARTISTS Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor Timo-Veikko Valve, cello*
In MSO Concerts
Pictures at an Exhibition
Celebrate the launch of MSO.LIVE with our first digital concert, featuring Julian Yu’s technicolour orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition alongside the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Australian composer Katy Abbott.
Beyond the Score: Spanish Harlem
Go beyond the score with Vanessa Perica as she talks "Love is a Temporary Madness."
Recorded live at the Bowl comes a jazz infused program led by Benjamin Northey featuring the world premiere of Vanessa Perica’s Love is a Temporary Madness.
Relive the MSO’s return to Hamer Hall with Spanish maestro Jaime Martín and Beethoven’s powerful Eroica.
Chinese New Year
Experience a unique blend of eastern and western masters in this celebration of the Year of the Ox.
Beyond the Score: Chinese New Year
Delve into the stories behind the music and the performers of the MSO's celebration of the Year of the Ox.