The Netherlands-based Australian composer Kate Moore will be the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s composer-in-residence for 2019, the orchestra has revealed as part of its 2019 season announcement. Something of a coup for the ensemble, it will be the first Australian orchestra to feature the acclaimed composer in such a significant way. The WSO will premiere two of Moore’s works, including a new Piano Concerto commissioned by the orchestra.
Kate Moore. Photo © Marco Giugliarelli for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation
“I could not be more delighted that one of Australia’s emerging composer superstars Kate Moore, has agreed to be our 2019 Composer-in-Residence,” WSO Chief Conductor Dr Nicholas Milton AM said in his Artistic Director’s Message.
Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Photo supplied
Moore’s Piano Concerto will receive its world premiere in June, performed by pianist Vivian Choi. Inspired by the figure of Beatrice from Dante’s The Divine Comedy, it will be paired with another world premiere – the winning work by the recipient of the 2019 Willoughby Symphony/Fine Music 102.5 FM Young Composer Award. The concert opens with Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and concludes with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, with Fabian Russell to conduct.
The WSO’s 2019 Gala season opener will be conducted by Milton. With favourites by Johann Strauss, Mozart, Ravel and Lehár performed with the Willoughby Symphony Choir and soloists from Pacific Opera, it’s a crowd-pleasing start to the season.
Other crowd-pleasers this year include Elgar’s Enigma Variations, the centrepiece of a program that includes Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Henri Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto, performed by Rainer Saville. Milton conducts.
It’s followed by Bravura in September, which will see Milton lead the WSO in Brahms’ final symphony. Pianist Tony Lee performs Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, while Kodály’s Galanta Dances gets things going.
The year comes to a titanic finish with Mahler One, again conducted by Milton. It’s preceded by Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, and violinist Alexandre Da Costa joins the orchestra for the evergreen Bruch Concerto.