Orchestra Victoria

The Eight Seasons

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Photo Pierre Toussaint

Thursday 2 May, 7:30pm

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre

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I. Spring

Concerto No. 1 in E major Op. 8, RV 269
La primavera
Antonio Vivaldi

Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Primavera Porteña

Astor Piazzolla arr. Desyatnikov

II. Summer

Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 8, RV 315

Antonio Vivaldi

Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Verano Porteño

Astor Piazzolla arr. Desyatnikov


III. Autumn

Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Otoño Porteño
Astor Piazzola arr. Desyatnikov

Concerto No. 3 in F major Op. 8, RV 293

Antonio Vivaldi

IV. Winter

Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Invierno Porteño

Astor Piazzolla arr. Desyatnikov,

Concerto No. 4 in F minor Op. 8, RV 297

Antonio Vivaldi


Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin Nations. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and to all First Nations people across Australia, whose traditions of music making and storytelling have continued on this land for millenia.

Welcome to The Eight Seasons

Jacinta Ewers, General Manager

Good evening and welcome to Orchestra Victoria’s presentation of The Eight Seasons led by our Concertmaster Sulki Yu. What a privilege it is, in the city of multiple seasons in a day, to present a concert that takes our audience not just on a musical journey across the different seasons of the year, but also to different corners of the world. I hope that this concert, in the tremendous Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, delights your senses, as you come with us on this aural odyssey of different colours and sounds.

Whilst you would normally see us in the pit supporting our colleagues at The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, it is a joy to see our musicians performing on the stage. Tonight, the Orchestra Victoria Strings will unleash their full artistic exuberance for your enjoyment.

Thank you to Creative Australia, Creative Victoria and to all our philanthropic donors, your support of Orchestra Victoria makes concerts like this possible.

Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Jacinta Ewers
General Manager - Orchestra Victoria

Jessica Gethin, Artistic Advisor

It is with great pleasure I welcome you all to ‘The Eight Seasons’; Orchestra Victoria’s first concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre for 2024. Exploring the world around us through music is something that resonates very strongly with us as musicians, though our unique ability to capture a sense of time, place, and space through the musical score. This charismatic program will venture through two works based on the seasons; movements from the iconic The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, side by side with Piazzolla’s Argentian flavoured The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. I am delighted that the concert will feature our incredible concertmaster, Sulki Yu. As one of Australia’s finest performers, Sulki’s stellar musicianship will be beautifully showcased and equally supported by her colleagues; this evening promises to be a true feast for the ears.

I invite you to take a seat and experience the magic for yourselves!

Jessica Gethin
Artistic Advisor - Orchestra Victoria

Sulki Yu, Concertmaster

The storylines, harmonic progressions and the dialogue between instruments in Vivald's Four Seasons make it such an iconic work that is so well-loved even today. Piazzola's tangos have always been a personal joy to play for me, and to combine his soulful harmony, lyricism and energy tonight with Vivaldi at the Melbourne Recital Centre is a true honour. I am very excited to perform both interpretations for you tonight with my Orchestra Victoria colleagues, and I hope you enjoy the performance.

Sulki Yu

Featured Artists & Creatives

Orchestra Victoria


Sulki Yu - Chair supported by Lady Southey AC

Deputy Concertmaster
Yi Wang - Chair supported by Susan & Leith Campbell

Section Principal First Violin
Tony Zhai

Section Principal Second Violin
Monica Naselow
- Chair supported by Peter Griffin AM & Terry Swann

Binny Baik
- Chair supported by The Fielding Foundation
Alyssa Conrau
Matthew Hassall - Chair supported by Mr Russell & Dr Jenni Jenkins
Rachael Hunt - Chair supported by The Fielding Foundation
Philip Nixon
Christine Ruiter
Lucy Warren


Section Principal
Paul McMillan - Chair supported by Ms Linda Herd

Associate Principal
Thomas Higham

Jason Bunn

Nadine Delbridge

Matthew Laing*


Section Principal
Melissa Chominsky

Associate Principal
Diane Froomes

Sarah Cuming
- Chair supported by Angela Kayser
Philippa Gardner


Section Principal
Stuart Riley
- Chair supported by Don & Angela Mercer

Associate Principal
Kylie Davies

Sam Nock*


Section Principal
David Macfarlane*

* Denotes guest musician

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