University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall
100 St Kilda Rd, Southbank
The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of American Showpieces, with a program that is quintessentially American in sound and spirit. Special tribute will be made to Leonard Bernstein, in what would have been his 100th year, by performing the ever-popular Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. Copland’s uplifting ballet, Appalachian Spring, tells the story of a couple’s wedding day in a Shaker community, whilst Gershwin’s An American in Paris takes you through the hustle and bustle of Parisian streets in the 1920s. John Adams’ metronomic masterpiece, Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Bernstein's Overture to Candide also feature.
Image: University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 2016, Sav Schulman.
Richard Davis, Conductor
University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Richard has recently moved to Melbourne to take up his position as Chief Conductor and Head of Orchestral Studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, within the University of Melbourne. He regularly conducts professional orchestras, such as the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic, in concerts, recordings, radio broadcasts and on television. He has also directed operas and requiem masses with the BBC Singers and he is just about to fly off to make his debut with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). This year, in addition to our regular concert series in Melbourne, Richard will also be taking the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on a prestigious international tour of Singapore and China.