Australian World Orchestra – Conducted by AWO Artistic Director Alexander Briger AO

Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne – BUY TICKETS
7.30pm, 26 July 2019


Westlake, Nigel Flying Dream, 2014

Janáček, LeošTaras Bulba Rhapsody for Orchestra, 1915

Sibelius, Jean – Symphony No. 2, Op.43, D major; 1903


There is no other orchestra like the Australian World Orchestra (AWO), we’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 our short history, we’ve attracted some of the greatest conductors of our time including Sir Simon Rattle, maestros Zubin Mehta & Riccardo Muti and Australians Simone Young AM, Stanley Dodds and our own Artistic Director Alexander Briger AO.

Fresh from our second Indian concert tour and  2018 concert season under the incomparable Maestro Riccardo Muti the Australian World Orchestra returns to Arts Centre Melbourne in 2019 under the baton of Janáček specialist Alexander Briger for one breathtaking performance at Hamer Hall on the 26th of July, to perform:

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 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.




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