Portraits & Variations - Master Series 6

Matthew Halls - Conductor
Geoffrey Collins - Flute

Brahms - Haydn Variations
Ian Munro - Flute Concerto
Beethoven - Prometheus: Overture
Elgar - Enigma Variations

A simple theme can hold many surprises.


In 1898, Elgar sat down at his piano, played a wistful little tune, and then began to unwrap from it a series of musical portraits of his friends. The wealth of invention and depth of character in the Enigma Variations have captivated audiences for over a hundred years. There’s always more to find.


Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Haydn also opens up from an unassuming little pilgrim’s hymn into a miniature symphony. A model of musical variation, this work has all the twists and turns of a good story.


Another surprise awaits you in a brand new Flute Concerto from Australian composer Ian Munro. The ASO’s very own Geoffrey Collins, a keen devotee of contemporary music, will be giving this Adelaide Premiere. And after that, Beethoven’s Prometheus: Overture hurtles past, carrying a torch of stolen fire… another small ‘theme’ with big consequences.


Classical Conversations

FREE for ticket holders, held one hour prior to each concert in the auditorium. Composer Ian Munro and ASO Artistic Administrator, Stevan Pavlovic, explore Ian's new flute concerto, and the works by Brahms, Beethoven and Elgar on tonight's program.

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Brahms – Haydn Variations (Dudamel)
Beethoven – Prometheus (Anima Eterna and Immerseel)
Elgar – Enigma Variations (Berlin Phil)

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  • Fri 11 Aug, 2017 8:00pm
  • Sat 12 Aug, 2017 6:30pm


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