It has collaborated with Elton John, Kiss and John Farnham, and more recently it has experimented with Detroit techno pioneer, Jeff Mills. So what can we expect from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming season? If the launch next Tuesday is anything to go by, the answer is: a lot. As part of the 2015 season, the MSO is celebrating the relationship between music and cinema, and we're giving away a golden ticket to the entire season.
Quentin Tarantino says music set to images, “works in this visceral, emotional, cinematic way that’s special. And when you do it right, and you hit it right, you can never really hear that song again without thinking about that image from the movie."
Proving this at next Tuesday’s free performance will be a rendition of the incredibly powerful score Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood wrote for There Will Be Blood, as well as Nigel Westlake’s music from family favourite, Babe and films as wide ranging as Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The King's Speech and Gallipoli.
The free launch is a perfect chance for first-time orchestra goers to see what it’s all about, as well as for seasoned orchestra-aficionados to preview the season to come. But the event has a bittersweet edge. This performance is one of the last opportunities to visit the iconic Astor for a live performance, before it closes its doors next year.
The MSO 2015 program includes a high-definition screening of Star Trek, accompanied by a full orchestra and more performances of cult film scores (including from The Shining and The Exorcist as well as the above-mentioned films). There will also be a series of free outdoor concerts, a Chinese New Year performance, a performance called Broadway Classics, an adaption of Goethe's Faust, a first time collaboration with comedy trio Tripod and an Anzac Tribute, plus more surprises to be announced.
New this season is the first ever MSO Golden Ticket, giving one lucky winner (maybe you) a double pass to every event in the 2015 program.