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ARCO: Poetical Melodies

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“What I actually felt coming off the stage was a bold and unanimous gesture; an ensemble saying, ‘Listen to this. This is what we made.’ It was wonderful.” HARRIET CUNNINGHAM


The sublime string section of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra takes centre stage in this program, to explore the Poetical Melodies of the Romantic period on gut strings, delving into works by Mendelssohn, Grieg, Van Bree, Puccini and Dvořák.

Directed by concertmaster Rachael Beesley, the rich and expressive 19th century style of performance is explored in this unique and engaging concert experience.


Wednesday 22 August
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
Melbourne Recital Centre

Pre-concert talk



Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Rachael Beesley Director



Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
String Symphony in B minor No.10 (1821-3)

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Elegiac Melodies Op.34 (1880)

Edvard Grieg
‘From Holberg’s Time’ Op.40 (1884)

Johannes Van Bree (1801-1857)
Allegro in D minor for Four String Quartets (1845)

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Crisantemi (1890)

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Serenade in E major for Strings Op.22 (1875)

Earlier Event: August 19
ARCO: Poetical Melodies
Later Event: September 6
MCO: España!