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There is no other orchestra like the Australian World Orchestra (AWO), they’re a unique and unforgettable experience. Once a year the AWO comes to town, assembling Australia’s finest musicians from home and overseas to present exhilarating classical music performances. In their short history they have attracted some of the greatest conductors of our time including Sir Simon Rattle, maestros Zubin Mehta & Riccardo Muti.
Fresh from their second Indian concert tour and their 2018 concert season under the incomparable Maestro Riccardo Muti the Australian World Orchestra returns to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2019 under the baton of AWO Artistic Director Alexander Briger AO for one breathtaking performance at Hamer Hall on the 26th of July in a display of limitless talent.
Westlake, Nigel – Flying Dream
Janáček, Leoš – Taras Bulba, a Rhapsody for Orchestra
Sibelius, Jean – Symphony No. 2, Op.43, D major
Nigel Westlake’s Flying Dream is an original composition by Westlake, a reworking of elements from the film score for the movie Paper Planes that Alexander Briger fell in love with instantaneously. It reflects the emotional journey of a 12-year-old boy and his father through airy phrases of flight and freedom.
Alexander Briger is a respected specialist of Leos Janáček’s works and it brings him great joy to present Janáček’s enthralling rhapsody Taras Bulba, a Cossak story of forbidden love, defiance, war, tragedy, triumph and loss, based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol.
The second half of the programme will be a performance of Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 which is largely considered one of the greatest symphonies of modern times and is one of Alexander Briger’s favourite works.
Australian musicians playing in the world’s great orchestras come together under one baton to deliver once in a lifetime performances.