Orchestra returns for two concerts

By John Lewis

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra returns to Shepparton next month for two concerts ahead of a much-anticipated performance at New York's iconic Carnergie Hall.

Concert director and lead violinist Dale Barltrop said the Shepparton concert program features Rossini's Overture to L'Italinana in Algeri, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins and Schubert's dramatic Sympnony No 3.

The concert will also feature one of the MSO's youngest full-time members, Anne-Marie Johnson, 28, who will play the solo in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and join Mr Barltrop in Vivaldi's concerto for Two Violins.

The Shepparton evening performance will be followed by a special morning concert for children featuring a series of movements each representing an animal from Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals with presenter Thea Rossen.

Mr Barltrop said the Shepparton performance will include two works to be performed at Carnegie Hall three weeks later. He said it had been nearly 50 years since the MSO had performed in New York.

"It allows the people of Shepparton a sneak peak into our New York program. It will be a beautiful evening of music," Mr Barltrop said. 

An Evening with the MSO takes place at Shepparton's Riverlinks Eastbank Centre from 7.30pm on Thursday October 3. A free pre-concert talk about the evening's program takes place from 6.30pm.

Tickets are $49.90 for adults or $44.90 for concession.

The Carnival of Dangerous Creatures children's concert takes place at Riverlinks Eastbank from 10am to 11am on Friday, October 4.

Tickets are $16.

To book, phone Riverlinks Box Office on 5832 9511 or go to the Riverlinks website.