Melbourne Symphony Orchestra maestro Jaime Martín announces powerful series

Get the latest from Beat


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra maestro Jaime Martín announces powerful series


MSO Chief Conductor Jaime Martín returns to Melbourne this October and November for an end of year series of sumptuous concerts featuring the masterful works of Verdi, Beethoven and Ravel.

Martín and the MSO begin in Milan with Verdi’s Requiem, before venturing to Austria to experience the grandeur of Ludwig van Beethoven at the height of his powers. Australian composer Brett Dean premieres his MSO co-commission before Martin makes a triumphant return to his Spanish roots with the Season Finale Gala: Boléro!

Conducted by Jaime Martín, the MSO will bring Verdi’s momentous Requiem to life at Hamer Hall and Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash, featuring the 120-strong MSO Chorus with special guest soloists Maija Kovalevska soprano, Catherine Carby mezzo-soprano, Kang Wang tenor and Jonathan Lemalu bass.

MSO 2022 Jaime Martín series

Verdi’s Requiem
Thursday 27 October 7.30pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Friday 28 October 7.30pm, Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash

Beethoven’s Fives
Friday 4 November 7.30pm and Saturday 5 November 2pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

Quick Fix at Half Six: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
Monday 7 November, 6:30pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

Season Final Gala: Boléro!
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November 7.30pm at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

Keep up with the latest music news, features, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

In Beethoven Fives, Martín conducts some of the composer’s finest works, with his Piano Concerto No.5 Emperor performed by renowned American concert pianist, Jonathan Biss.

The program features the Australian premiere of the MSO co-commission Gneixendorf Music, a Winter’s Journey – a new work from Australian composer Brett Dean. The work is the culmination of Biss’ large-scale project, Beethoven/5, which has seen five composers over five years write a piano concerto in response to one of Beethoven’s for the 250th anniversary. Dean’s concerto is paired with, and inspired by, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5. 

The evening concludes with the most famous opening refrain in classical music history, heralding Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No.5. The MSO’s Quick Fix at Half Six: Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony offers the perfect after work ‘quick fix’, with Martín conducting a one hour, no interval program featuring Dean’s new work and Beethoven’s Symphony No.5, at Hamer Hall.

In the Season Finale Gala, Martín celebrates the conclusion of his first year as Chief Conductor with a musical homage to his Spanish homeland. Martín and the MSO will transport the audience with vivacious and colourful works from two of Spain’s greatest composers, Joaquín Rodrigo and Manuel de Falla. Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez marks the Australian debut of “the soul of the Spanish guitar” – Pablo Sáinz-Villegas on guitar. Opening with Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole, the composer’s instantly recognisable masterpiece Boléro provides the ultimate crescendo.

Head here for more information about every performance.