In 2017, the Metropolis New Music Festival examines the intricacies and dichotomies of the old and the new.
Presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and taking place in the Melbourne Recital Centre, this festival is one of the nation’s leading events that brings new music to life with star performers. Throughout the festival we’ll hear premieres from living composers such as Kats-Chernin, Meredith, and Tawadros – as well as pay respect to works from the past as they’re presented in colourful programs.
Check out these events, which are set to ignite Melbourne with talent and culture.
Featuring world premieres from Joseph Tawadros and the MSO 2017 Composer-in-Residence Elena Kats-Chernin, this concert will highlight the fascinating musical opportunities to be found in instruments such as the oud (a North African stringed instrument similar to the lute), the harpsichord (a keyboard that was prominent in the Renaissance and Baroque eras) and the recorder. Experience the cutting-edge music of Melbourne’s very own Metropolis series, live from the Melbourne Recital Centre and join the MSO to experience tomorrow’s generation of big name music makers – today.
Latitude 37 present a program of new music from near and far, including such far flung countries as Iceland, the United Kingdom and the United States, and then those countries closer to home, New Zealand and Australia. The program focuses on the passage of music and time, and that which makes all human beings essentially the same. The heart beat which brings all music to life can be seen in the recurrent musical techniques of the past and present, such as ostinato bass-lines, or rhythmic patterns, all woven together with a pendulum-like sense of beat.
Images supplied. Featured image Mahan Esfahani credit Bernhard Musil and Deutsche Grammophon.