The Edinburgh Festival, which runs from 8–31 August, announced its program yesterday (15 April).
The orchestra is extremely excited about the tour.
‘Our debut at the Edinburgh International Festival is a major milestone in the history of the MSO and we are proud to be representing Melbourne and Australia at one of the world's great festivals’, Managing Director André Gremillet said.
‘Our program in Edinburgh is especially well suited to showcase the MSO and its new Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis, and includes two major works by Richard Strauss: the early tone poem Don Juan and his last work, the Four Last Songs, with the wonderful Canadian soprano Erin Wall.
‘We are also delighted to be collaborating with the great cellist Truls Mork in Schumann's cello concerto.
‘Finally, The Warriors—the largest work in scale as well as in length by Melbourne-born composer Percy Grainger—is a great fit to the theme of this year’s Festival about the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, having been written mostly during the War.
'This rare performance of this major work by one of Australia's most important composers will mark, in many ways, the beginning of the MSO's commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary which will culminate in 2015,’ Gremillet said.