Ears Wide Open

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Deconstructing the classics in this unique music journey

Take a unique music journey by host and MSO cellist Nicholas Bochner. Nicholas, together with the musicians of the MSO will deconstruct famous classical pieces so that you understand the context, history and story behind these well-known works. You will get into the mind of the composer, will hear the musicians perform what is being explained, and you will dive into the pieces.

This program is proudly supported by TarraWarra Estate, who we’ve worked with to develop a ‘perfect pairing’ of classical works with selected wines for a truly multisensory home listening experience.

The videos will stay online permanently so you can re-watch them, share them with your friends, or play at a time that suits.

Tarra Warra Estate logo This series is proudly supported by Tarra Warra Estate.


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Ears Wide Open 1: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Now Online!

May 29, 1913 was a pivotal moment in music: the premiere performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Even if you’ve never heard the piece, many parts will be strangely familiar: it has influenced nearly every composer of the 20th century, and most particularly film composers.

Our selected wine pairing to The Rite Of Spring is the TarraWarra 2015 Estate Chardonnay, with its spring time pallet of vibrant grapefruit, lemon zest and hints of cashew.



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Ears Wide Open 2: Sir Andrew Davis’ Messiah

Coming 6.30pm Monday 18 May

Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work. In 2019 The MSO presented a new orchestration of this beloved work, arranged by our previous Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis.

Our selected wine pairing to Messiah is Tarra Warra’s 2016 Nebbiolo. This wine evokes the spirit of Christmas with its aroma of roses, smoked meats and spice, and a palate woven with intricate fruit and lingering tannin structure.

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Future episodes of Ears Wide Open

  • 6.30pm, Monday 1 June | Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
  • 6.30pm, Monday 15 June | Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade