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Stars and Stripes: Gershwin and Copland - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Season 2022

Gemma New and Simon Tedeschi

Stars and Stripes: Gershwin and Copland - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Season 2022

Young New Zealand conductor Gemma New makes her MSO debut with a stunning collection of American greats celebrating jazz, blues and the American century.

  • It was one day after the raging success of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue that he was approached to write a “real piano concerto”, something closer to the traditional classical model. Rather than turn his back on the then-current musical forms, Gershwin decided to incorporate them. The result was Concerto in F, a work that ranges effortlessly over different musical structures, to create something truly wonderful and unique. There are suggestions of the Charleston, ragtime, jazz and blues throughout the work, and flexibility in the way these elements emerge from one another – a masterful, consummate fusion.
  • Accompanying this work is Copland’s Symphony No.3, another pillar of 20th century American composition. A grand and stirring work, composed between 1944 and 1946, it suggests the mammoth achievements of the United States at the close of WWII without a hint of triumphalism.
  • New Zealand conductor Gemma New brings with her a work by fellow New Zealander Salina Fisher, Rainphase. Inspired by the rain falling on the city of Wellington, it is sonically adventurous and beautifully evocative.

Program and artists subject to change.

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  • Conductor Gemma New
  • Piano Simon Tedeschi


  • Salina Fisher Rainphase
  • Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
  • Copland Symphony No.3


  • Image Anthony Chang


Ticket prices

  • Full Price $94 - $48
  • Concession $89 - $43
  • Group Adult 10+ $79 - $40
  • Group 10+ Concession $75 - $36


Costa Hall - Deakin University Geelong Waterfront


110 minutes, including 20 minute interval.