Saturday 11 May 2019 at 7:30pm at Saffron Hall: Nature.

The audience will be taken on a journey through fields of flowers, crocodile-infested waters and finally to a great celebration of the natural world.

The concert starts with Dvořák’s In Nature’s Realm.  This resembles a landscape painting, in its richness of colour,  and the unfolding of forest and lake views.

Mahler’s Blumine follows. Blumine translates to “floral” or “flower”.  This piece was part of Symphony No 1, but was omitted from the score by Mahler after it received harsh criticism. It was rediscovered in 1966 and has been described as a sensitive, impassioned and sentimental piece. 

The orchestra will then perform Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s Kakadu.  Sculthorpe  used  his knowledge of the Kakadu National Park to compose this piece which evokes the sounds and feelings of the Australian bushland and outback. 

The final piece is Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, which was written as a celebration of the natural world.