Monash Academy Orchestra
PART OF SYMPHONIC: AN ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL SERIES.
Symphonies don’t come any more ‘progressive’ than Beethoven’s ‘Fifth’. It is hard to imagine hearing it for the first time, but in the revolutionary transition from minor to major at the start of the finale, when the blazing brass leap into view like a Delacroix stallion, it must have been like the world crashed into the concert hall. Suddenly music was about more than just music and could never be the same again.
Exciting young Shanghai-born conductor Tianyi Lu, whose global career is on the rise, takes the reigns of the mighty war-horse and in the first half teams up with admired Russian pianist and teacher Tamara Smolyar in a rare performance of the Etruscan Concerto by Peggy Glanville-Hicks. This is a fabulous piece: check out Keith Jarrett’s performance on YouTube – you won’t believe it was written over 60-years ago. Born in Perth, Glanville-Hicks was a trailblazer for female composers everywhere and a genuinely progressive (that word again) and distinctive voice in 20th century music. To kick off, the five superb young Melbourne musicians who make up Arcadia Winds (Monash Artists in Residence) will perform new Australian works.
Tianyi Lu: Conductor
Tamara Smolyar: Piano
Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Etruscan Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor