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Stradivarius in Vienna with Alexandre Da Costa

Saturday 25 March 2023, 7.30pm

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall - Melbourne Recital Centre

Sunday 26 March 2023, 2.00pm

Daylesford Town Hall

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Canadian superstar violinist, Alexandre Da Costa and his 1701 Stradivarius join Zelman Symphony to celebrate the magic of Vienna

This mesmerising program includes immortal works by Johann Strauss Jnr such as The Beautiful Blue Danube and Emperor Waltz, Kreisler's Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta and Korngold's Straussiana Waltz.

Alexandre Da Costa’s Stradivarius in Vienna has been performed internationally and is both unique and traditional, presenting the soul of this much-loved music in an accessible and refined way.

Continuing the tradition of spectacular Viennese concerts and the great composers that had such influence there, Da Costa conducts the orchestra with his bow as Soloist / Stehgeiger according to the technique of Play & Conduct that he masters to perfection.

Da Costa plays the 1701 “Devault” Stradivarius from the Golden Era of Stradivarius violins.

Rest assured that you will enjoy this fabulous journey to the Austrian capital in the company of conductor-soloist Alexandre Da Costa.


Rick Prakhoff – conductor

Alexandre Da Costa – violin and stehgeiger


Strauss, J Jnr – Die Fledermaus: Overture

Strauss, J Jnr – Emperor Waltz Op. 437 Kaiser-Waltz

Kreisler – Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta

Korngold – Straussiana Waltz 1953

Stafylakis – Valse Kinetic

Kreisler – Schön Rosmarin, Liebesleid & Liebesfreud Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen

Strauss, J Jnr – The Beautiful Blue Danube Op. 314 An der schönen blauen Donau

Strauss, J Jnr – Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Op. 214

Strauss, J Snr – Radetzky March Op. 228

Venues and Tickets

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall - Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3006 Australia

Saturday 25 March 2023, 7.30pm

Venue opens at 6.30pm

Daylesford Town Hall
16 Vincent Street, Daylesford VIC 3460

Sunday 26 March 2023, 2.00pm

Venue opens at 1.00pm

Daylesford tickets will go on sale early in 2023

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Horns a Plenty

Saturday 17 June 2023, 7.30pm
James Tatoulis Auditorium - MLC - Kew

Horntastic music of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries


Rick Prakhoff – conductor

Nicolas Fleury – horn

Rachel Shaw – horn


Beethoven – Fidelio Op. 72: Overture

Sutherland – Haunted Hills

Lyon – Opal: Double Concerto for Horns and Orchestra

Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68


Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

Sunday 10 September 2023, 2.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall

Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra - 90th Birthday Concert


Rick Prakhoff – conductor

Anna-Louise Cole – soprano

Belinda Paterson – mezzo-soprano

Melbourne Bach Choir


Mahler – Symphony No. 2 in C minor Resurrection

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Double Concertos

Saturday 25 November 2023, 7.30pm
James Tatoulis Auditorium - MLC - Kew

The lyricism of clarinet and viola culminate in the richness of Sibelius


Rick Prakhoff – conductor

David Griffiths – clarinet

Christopher Moore – viola


Sdraulig – Double Concertino for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra

Bruch – Double Concerto in E minor for Clarinet and Viola Op. 88

Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43