The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra has revealed its program for 2020, which again features an impressive line-up of guest soloists as well as rarely heard works by familiar composers.

Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

The season opens in February when acclaimed classical guitarist Slava Grigoryan joins the MCO for Giuliani’s Concerto No 1 for Guitar and Orchestra. The program also includes the Vivaldi Cello Concerto in C, RV399, performed by Principal Cellist Michael Dahlenburg, and Vivaldi’s Concerto in G, RV414, arranged for guitar and orchestra, Verdi’s String Quartet in E Minor arranged for orchestra, and Handel’s Concerto Grosso in F, Op. 6, No 9.

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the orchestra will present his Third Piano Concerto with soloist Aura Go, as well as the Romance for Violin in G, performed by William Hennessy. Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony rounds out the program.

In June, the orchestra will play Haydn’s Grandfather Symphony, Mysliveček’s Symphony No 27 and Sibelius’ Suite for Violin and String Orchestra. Violinist Sophie Rowell will join the MCO for Mozart’s Fourth Violin Concerto.

July and August will see the orchestra return to Vivaldi. They’ll perform the composer’s beloved Four Seasons, with a different soloist for each season, as well as the Concerto in F, RV141, and Respighi’s Quartet in D, arranged for string orchestra.

Mozart and Salieri will go head to head in September, with the program to include the former’s Piano Concerto in E (featuring Hoang Pham) and his Symphony No 28. Salieri will be represented by his Don Chisciotte Overture and La Veneziana Sinfonia, with the MCO to also give the world premiere of Matthew Laing’s Pantomime. An emerging composer, Laing is also a violist with the orchestra.

Bringing the season to a close, violinist Markiyan Melnychenko performs Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in a new arrangement by Keith Crellin with the MCO in November. The concert also includes Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, Suk’s Saint Wenceslas and Janáček’s Suite for String Orchestra.

Full season details