Chinese New Year Concert


7:30 pmSaturday, 13 March 2021


Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne

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The MSO and some of Melbourne’s finest Chinese-Australian musical talent come together for a very special event dedicated to the world. Join us for a globe-spanning program that demonstrates the power of music to bring us together in harmony.

  • Violin prodigy Christian Li, who in 2020 became the youngest-ever artist signed by the Decca Classics record label, joins the MSO and Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey to perform Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
  • Following her recital with Artistic Ambassador Lu Siqing in 2019, accomplished Chinese-Australian pianist Angela Li appears alongside Melbourne-based professional Pipa player Yang Ying. Before moving to Australia, Ying performed with the China National Traditional Orchestra to great acclaim across Asia and Europe.
  • Beethoven was criticised in 1801 for his ballet music “paying little regard to the dancing” – but as we now know, the young composer was destined to be much more than a ballet master. His only full-length ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus includes musical ideas he would build on in the famed Eroica Symphony, which would premiere two years later.
  • A unique blend of music from both eastern and western masters, this program also includes works by Chopin and China’s leading 20th century and contemporary composers, Xiogang Ye, Zuqiang Wu and Grammy-nominated Zhou Tian.

This performance is supported by the Li Family Trust and presented in collaboration with Arts Centre Melbourne.

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