|GLINKA||Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture|
|RACHMANINOFF||Piano Concerto #2|
|COYLE||The Bright Seraphim*||World Premiere|
Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams
Piano: Benjamin Kopp
*Trumpet: Anthony Heinrichs
8pm Saturday 6 May Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre
The Metropolitan Orchestra’s second Met Concert for 2017 on May 6th will enjoy a distinctly Russian flavour with the bonus of two Australian soloists and a World Premiere performance.
The program will open with the rollicking overture for Ruslan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka followed by one of the greatest Piano Concertos of all time, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Number 2. The epic concerto sees the welcome return of Australian Pianist Benjamin Kopp. Benjamin has performed as soloist with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras and join’s TMO for the second time for this masterful performance.
“Ben performed in an all-Russian program with TMO in 2016 and quickly became an audience favourite. His detailed interpretation and extraordinary understanding of the emotion needed for Russian work will guarantee something absolutely extraordinary. We are so very excited to be working with this fine Australian pianist once more,’ said Sarah-Grace Williams, TMO’s Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.
The second half of the performance will begin with the world premiere performance of The Bright Seraphim from Australian Composer Jim Coyle and featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra Trumpet Anthony Heinrichs as soloist on Piccolo Trumpet. “Being able to offer a platform for new Australian Music to be heard is fundamental to TMO’s philosophy of supporting our sensational home-grown musical talent. Having Anthony perform this World Premiere work for the first time will be a truly fantastic experience for our audience which I’m sure they’ll treasure for years to come,” said Sarah-Grace.
Finalising the program will be Shostakovich’s delightful Ninth Symphony. Often referred to as his ‘Classical’ symphony, the work is considerably shorter in length than many of his other symphonies with a much lighter and joyous mood. An ideal upbeat way to finish this unique evening of performance.