This week sees the start of an extensive three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand in which Alexander returns to the Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras with three exciting programmes of symphonic masterpieces.
The tour begins in Melbourne, opening the Melbourne Symphony’s season of ‘Masters’ programmes with two concerts this week (on March 5th and 7th) that will feature the world premiere of Australian composer Gordon Hamilton’s work ‘Far South’, inspired by the impressions he gathered during his travels in Antartica, as well as a very different nature-inspired epic: Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony. Soloist Alexandra Dariescu will perform Grieg’s Piano concerto. Alexander made his debut conducting the MSO over a decade ago and has since been a regular guest.
In the week of March 9th Alexander leads four concerts on his return to Sydney Symphony Orchestra, where he made a a highly-praised debut last season conducting Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. The programme includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade – Alexander’s recording of the work with the National Arts Centre Orchestra is currently nominated for a JUNO award – as well as Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with soloists Harry Bennetts (violin) and Tobias Breider (viola).
Finally, in the week of March 16th, Alexander returns to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has toured many times, for concerts in Christchurch and Dunedin which will feature his friend and long-time collaborator Cameron Carpenter on the organ, performing Poulenc’s Concerto alongside Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.