Friday, September 28, 2018
Tata Theatre, NCPA
“One of the top 10 orchestras on earth…”
Maestro Zubin Mehta
“The Australian World Orchestra is an international treasure “
Sir Simon Rattle
The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation presents the Australian World Orchestra (AWO), conducted by Alexander Briger on September 28, 2018, at the Tata Theatre, NCPA. Following its
successful tour of India in 2015, the AWO reaffirms its commitment to presenting unparalleled classical music
The orchestra brings together Australia’s elite classical musicians playing in leading world orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, etc. The Orchestra continues to attract world-renowned soloists and conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta and Ricardo Muti.
The AWO is underpinned by its commitment to music education, providing master classes to young classical musicians and delivering outreach workshops to children who have had little or no exposure to western classical music. As part of this initiative, several string students of the MMMF will participate with members of the AWO in two shorter programme pieces of the Mumbai performance.
Alexander Briger AO has an international career, conducting eminent orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, among others. He was awarded the “Officer of the Order of Australia” (AO) for distinguished services to the arts as a leading conductor and founder of the Australian World Orchestra.
The French mezzo-soprano Caroline Meng has performed in a variety of musical forms and styles, ranging from opera to recital and sacred music, baroque to contemporary music, both in France and abroad. Ms Meng has performed a wide range of operatic roles across France and Europe, including lead roles in Cosi Fan Tutte, Orpheus, Dido and Aeneas, La Cenerentola, Katya Kabanova, The Cunning Little Vixen and Boris Godounov. On the concert platform, she has sung as soloist in Schubert’s Rosamunde, the Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s B minor Mass, etc. in concert halls and cathedrals.
Future engagements include Mozart’s Magic Flute (Papagena) and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian).
Violin virtuoso Daniel Dodds is the winner of several national and international competitions. He was invited by Rudolf Baumgartner to become a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne, later becoming its first Concertmaster in 2001 and in 2012 was appointed as the Artistic Director and continues to lead the ensemble in concerts across the globe.
In addition to his regular engagements as guest leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra, he is a member of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and forms part of the ensemble of soloists in the star-studded orchestra.
AUSTRALIAN WORLD ORCHESTRA PROGRAMME
September 28, 2018
Overture “Don Giovanni”
W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Violin – Daniel Dodds
Camille Saint-Saens (1835 – 1921)
Arias from “Carmen”
Mezzo Soprano Caroline Meng
- Gypsy Song
George Bizet (1838 – 1875)
Sinfonia in C major
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 – 1741)
With string students of the MMMF
Karl Jenkins (1944)
Symphony No. 7
- Poco sostenuto
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)