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The incomparable Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director, Berlin Philharmonic, will conduct the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) for 1 electrifying concert at Arts Centre Melbourne with special guest mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená.

1 August 2015




Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)

Debussy: Ariettes oubliées (Forgotten Songs) orchestrated by Brett Dean

Bruckner: Symphony No.8 in C minor

The Australian World Orchestra is co-presented by Arts Centre Melbourne.

Since our inaugural concert series in 2011 the AWO has established our place as one of the world’s most exciting orchestras.


C Mathias Bothor / DG

The 2015 season includes 95 Australian musicians from over 30 cities around the world, all of whom play in the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles, from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras to the Concertgebouw, London and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, as well as Australia’s own magnificent state orchestras. We showcase the finest Australian musicians.

Following the outstanding success of their 2013 series under world-renowned conductor, Zubin Mehta, “The concert of the year … in a word matchless” – Limelight Magazine, the AWO has once again attracted one of the world’s leading and most charismatic conductors, Music Director of the incomparable Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle.

The programme will commence with Debussy’s sublime “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune”. Czech mezzo-soprano, Magdalena Kožená, one of the most outstanding singers of our generation, will join the orchestra to perform Debussy’s gorgeous “Ariettes oubliées”, in an arrangement especially orchestrated for the AWO by Australian composer, Brett Dean.

The major work on this programme will be Bruckner’s monumental tour de force 8th Symphony, a work ingrained in Sir Simon Rattle’s soul.

Take a journey to a sound world you never knew existed.

We make the impossible possible, we obtain the unobtainable.

The Australian World Orchestra is co-presented by Arts Centre Melbourne.


Conductor, Sir Simon Rattle – Music Director, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Guest Soloist, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená
Orchestration, Brett Dean – Australian composer
Artistic Director – Alexander Briger


Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Standard $99 – $249
Australian Pensioner $125– $159
Australian Senior card holder $125 – $159
Student $30 – $159
Child under 17 years $30 – $159

Arts Centre Melbourne Booking fee of $7.50 applies per transaction.

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