Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Presenting
"Galaxy's Greatest Hits" in Symphony Center Debut this Fall
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra associate conductor Ben Northey leads the orchestra, which brings "The Galaxy's Grestest Hits" to Symphony Center of this fall (photo by Dan Auslebrook).
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On October 14, 2019, the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present “The Galaxy’s Greatest Hits,” in their Chicago debut celebration the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at Symphony Center. This special one-night performance offers an eccentric pop-twist to your average orchestra performance. The orchestra frequently collaborates with A-List celebrities and artists, so Chicagoans can expect a grand production.
Led by its associate conductor Ben Northey, the symphony will perform favorite space classics from SiFi classics like Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Star Trek, Apollo 13 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. An expansive screen will serve as backdrop for the orchestra’s performance with HD images and video of space, the historic moon landing and planet Earth on display, all while Orchestra Hall is bedazzled with atmospheric lighting.
In addition to serving as associate conductor of the Melbourne Symphony, Australian conductor Benjamin Northey is also chief conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. He has previously held the posts of resident guest conductor of the Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (2002-2006) and principal guest conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (2007-2010).
Northey appears regularly as a guest conductor with all major Australian symphony orchestras, Opera Australia (La Bohème, Turandot, L’elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Carmen), New Zealand Opera (Sweeney Todd) and the State Opera South Australia (La Sonnambula, L’elisir d’amore, Les Contes d’Hoffmann).The MSO is one of Australia’s leading orchestras and each year engages more than 3.5 million people through over 160 live performances, recordings, and TV/radio broadcasts. From its first performance in 1906 the orchestra has presented some of the very best in orchestral music and collaborates with guest artists and arts organizations from across the world. For more information about the upcoming performance at Symphony Center, visit cso.org.