This evening features two of Dvorák's best-known works, the 9th Symphony "From the New World" and the Cello Concerto in B minor.
MCO Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding takes up the baton for this concert. Alongside founding conductor Claudio Abbado, Harding is the artist who has had the most influence on the ensemble: in 1998, the then-22-year-old was chosen to be the orchestra's first guest conductor, in 2003 he became musical director, and in 2008 Principal Conductor. In summer 2011, the orchestra unanimously elected Daniel Harding to lifelong Conductor Laureate. The MCO also has a long history of partnership with Steven Isserlis. Their last joint performance was in winter 2009, when Isserlis led the orchestra as a soloist in a rendition of Haydn's cello concertos.
Further concerts on this tour are on 17 October in Naples and 18 October in Turin. A recording of Dvorák's cello concertos in B minor and A major with British label Hyperion Records will be produced as part of this tour.
Over the 15 years of the MCO's Residence, the ensemble has put down deep roots in the city, and is active outside of the Teatro Comunale with chamber music and educational projects. The chamber music concerts of the Mahler Chamber Soloists in the Jazz Club Ferrara has become a tradition, and have led to a unique concert series produced by Ferrara Musica under the name of "OFF". On 21 October, the MCO Soloists will open this year's series with a programme of Czech music.
With a three-day chamber music workshop, the MCO continues its collaboration with the Conservatorio Frescobaldi as part of this Residence and its Education Programme, MCO Landings.
In addition, the MCO will put on its first Explorer Weekend for members of its support network Explorer Circle from October 19-21. The three-day event offers the participants an exclusive opportunity to take part in the MCO's daily life, and to get to know a very personal side of the orchestra and its "hometown".