Orchestra Victoria

The Soldier's Tale

Orchestra Victoria's Southbank Series

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Join us for an evening of orchestral mastery as Orchestra Victoria presents the debut concert of our 2024 Southbank Series, conducted by the acclaimed Kynan Johns, protégé of Maestro Lorin Maazel.

Experience the artistic brilliance of Orchestra Victoria's musicians as they bring to life two iconic works by Russian composer and conductor, Igor Stravinsky. In this special concert, we delve into Stravinsky’s powerful musical storytelling and narrative-rich works that have captivated audiences for generations.

Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, a delightful reinterpretation of 18th-century melodies, transports audiences to a world of whimsy and charm. This work is flanked by the dramatic journey of The Soldier’s Tale, a piece that weaves tales of deals with the devil, featuring a mesmerising blend of the chamber orchestra’s full palette: clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, percussion and strings.

Led by Maestro Kynan Johns, this concert presents a unique opportunity to explore the narrative potency inherent in chamber orchestra repertoire. As two of history’s most significant compositions come to life onstage, be transported through a rich tapestry of emotions and musical stories, intricately woven into the fabric of each movement.

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  • Southbank

    Saturday 29th June, 7:30pm

    The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
    The University of Melbourne

  • Duration

    Approximately 90min with no interval

  • Ticket Price Range

    $49 - $59, plus booking fees


Igor Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite

Igor Stravinsky – The Soldier’s Tale

About our Southbank Series

Discover extraordinary orchestral music from the best seat in the house.

Orchestra Victoria proudly presents its 2024 Southbank Series. Led by an extraordinary lineup of conductors, each of our concerts gets you up-close-and-personal with artists in ways that only the chamber setting can.

This year, our much-loved series embarks on a new journey, evolving to showcase larger chamber orchestra works under the baton of renowned Australian and international conductors including Kynan Johns (protégé of Maestro Lorin Maazel), Fabian Russell, and the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Australian Ballet, Jonathan Lo.

From the timeless elegance of Purcell to the revolutionary spirit of Shostakovich, each concert is carefully programmed to transport you around the world and throughout history. Highlights include the poignant melodies of Elgar's Introduction and Allegro and Stravinsky's unforgettable The Soldier's Tale.

There’s nothing quite like witnessing a chamber orchestra in concert. From the up-close experience of musicians’ nuanced communication to the thrill of history’s most impressive repertoire, Orchestra Victoria’s Southbank Series is an experience not to be missed.

Tickets to the 2024 Southbank Series are available both as series packages and individual events. Whether you're seeking a memorable night out or your very first live orchestral experience, our Southbank Series offers you an intimate insight into a concert experience with access to the exceptional talent of Orchestra Victoria’s artistic family.

Join us for the 2024 Southbank Series and experience the power and beauty of orchestral music from the best seat in the house. In 2024, we bring the music to you.

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