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Exciting Australian World Orchestra 2017 Season

BY Miranda Brown Publicity | 14-Jun-2017
The Australian World Orchestra returns in 2017 with two major performance events.
The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) is thrilled to be performing two major performance events for their 2017 season, with internationally renowned conductor Simone Young returning to lead musicians from the AWO and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in a spectacular one-off performance of Olivier Messiaen’s orchestral masterpiece Turangalîla-Symphonie (1946-8) at Hamer Hall. The AWO is also conducting its first Australian chamber tour with the AWO CHAMBER 8 ON TOUR, an ensemble of truly exceptional Australian musicians performing an unmissable series of intimate chamber concerts in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Since its inaugural concert series in 2011, the Australian World Orchestra has established itself as one of the most exciting orchestral initiatives in Australia’s cultural history, dazzling audiences in Australia and overseas, bringing together the cream of Australia’s national and international musicians.

After conducting the first concert of the AWO’s inaugural season, acclaimed Australian conductor Simone Young returns on July 29 to lead musicians from the AWO and musicians from ANAM in one unmissable concert, the culmination of a mentoring collaboration between Australia’s finest musicians on the international stage and the next generation of exceptional emerging musical talent. The two elite groups come together to collaborate on Messiaen’s 10-movement Turangalîla–Symphonie, an epic “love song” that is both a mammoth symphony, demanding the full commitment of over one hundred musicians, and a virtuosic piano concerto, performed by Timothy Young. Considered one of the most important pieces of the century, Turangalîla–Symphonie is scored for a huge orchestra with multiple percussionists, brass, winds, and the electronic ondes Martenot—an instrument familiar to fans of 1950s science fiction soundtracks—performed by Jacob Abela. The 2017 ensemble includes 48 Australian musicians from the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, Gewandhaus, and the Australian state-based orchestras, together with 51 musicians from ANAM.

Continuing its commitment to present concerts of soul-stirring musicianship, the AWO is delighted to present the premier performances of the AWO Chamber 8 On Tour – eight of Australia’s finest musicians from prestigious international and national orchestras – joining together to perform a breathtaking programme of the Beethoven Horn Septet and Dvořák Double Bass Quintet in a tour of four Australian capital cities including AWO’s debut performances in Brisbane and Perth.

AWO Chamber 8 On Tour

Brisbane 
When / Monday 24 July @ 7:00pm 
Where / Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Sydney
When / Tuesday 25 July @ 7:00pm 
Where / City Recital Hall 

Melbourne 
When / Thursday 27 July @ 8:00pm 
Where / Melbourne Recital Centre 

Perth 
When / Monday 31 July @ 7:00pm  Where / Perth Concert Hall 

Turangalîla-Symphonie 
When / Saturday 29 July 
Where / Hamer Hall 
Time / 8:00pm