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Australian Youth Orchestra with Mahler and Wagner

The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), Australia’s most prestigious youth ensemble, comes to Geelong for a powerful performance with Mood: Mahler and Wagner.

Led by Nicholas Carter, almost 100 of Australia’s best and brightest young musicians will come together to perform some of the orchestral world’s most memorable works.

“Mahler and Wagner were two formidable figures in an era when music was about great emotions, big sounds and pushing boundaries,” the orchestra said.

“Wagner’s transcendent ‘Prelude und Liebestod’ is a moving rumination on the dangers of love and trembles with anticipation. Passion and sadness swell through the orchestra, moving from the cello’s opening stroke.”

Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5” is daring. Hold your breath as the solo trumpet commands the opening; the harbinger of a work that meanders through tension and tenderness. Out of fear

From a funeral march, the heartbreaking edition of the “Adagietto” from the symphony unfolds, one of the greatest love letters in history, rich with eternal longing.

During 70 minutes of music, joy, sadness and hope compete for their place in the spotlight.

The Australian Youth Orchestra brings together exceptional artists, teachers and young musicians from all corners of the country. Photo: CLAUDIO RASCHELLA

To open the program, the world premiere of “Overt” by Australian composer Iain Grandage will take place in the afternoon. Each young musician shines in this concerto for orchestra, written in honor of Colin Cornish, who led AYO from 2005 to 2023.

AYO occupies a vital and unique place in the Australian musical landscape, bringing together exceptional artists, educators and young musicians from all corners of the country and beyond. AYO

concerts are energetic, exciting experiences and are perfect for newcomers and seasoned audiences alike.

The orchestra’s training pathway was created to foster the musical development of Australia’s best young instrumentalists across metropolitan and regional Australia: from the emerging, gifted school-age student to those on the brink of a professional career. Every year, AYO presents tailor-made training and performance programs for aspiring musicians, composers, arts administrators and music journalists aged 12 to 30.

The Australian Youth Orchestra will perform Mood: Mahler and Wagner at Costa Hall, Geelong on July 13 at 3pm.

Early bird tickets are on sale now for $30.

For more information or to book,