Media Kit - 2017 Season

‘This is a season that explores the remarkable range of orchestral repertoire. There really is something for every music lover in the season ahead and I can’t wait to share it with both our current and new audiences. In particular, I am thrilled to be highlighting the MSO Chorus throughout the year in some of my favourite choral works.’

Sir Andrew Davis

Find out more about the 2017 Season in the Media Kit below or download the PDF.













East Meets West

East Meets West: Chinese New Year Concert

Saturday 4 February

World-renowned composer and conductor Tan Dun returns to Melbourne to conduct an unmissable Chinese New Year celebration with the MSO!


Sidney Myer Free Concerts

MSO’s Sidney Myer Free Concerts are a treasured annual series and are the perfect excuse to relax on the lawn and experience the beautiful sounds of the Orchestra this summer.

MSO Plays The Russians

Wednesday 8 February

Take four big hits, three master Russian composers, one esteemed Australian pianist, and one acclaimed Australian conductor and join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a carnival of music making under the stars!

MSO Plays Romeo & Juliet

Saturday 11 February

Get ready to hear a heady mix of sharp edges, cool melodies and distinctive beats echo across Melbourne’s CBD skyline.

MSO Plays La Valse

Wednesday 15 February

Ballet burlesque meets the waltz kings as the MSO hits the dance floor with Stravinsky, Ravel, Korngold and Strauss in a night under the stars!

Tchaikovsky 4

Nicholas Carter Conducts Tchaikovsky 4

Friday 24 February

Three master composers of the western classical tradition take the MSO on a journey through beautiful lyricism and into the tormented mind of one of Russia’s greatest composers.


Asia TOPA: Satan Jawa

Friday 24 February

This unprecedented collaboration across cultures brings together the MSO and a 20 piece orchestra of Javanese gamelan players to conjure the bewitching live score for the new silent film Satan Jawa.

Maxim Vengerov

Opening Gala: Maxim Vengerov

Tuesday 28 February

Opening the 2017 Season in style, the world-renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov joins the MSO for a virtuosic rendition of two stunning and immense masterpieces.

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Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park Live in Concert

Friday 3 March

Experience the most thrilling prehistoric adventure films ever made when the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ iconic score to Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, Jurassic Park.


MSO Plays Baroque

Sunday 5 March

Join the MSO for a perfect Sunday morning of delightful, quirky and oh-so-intriguing baroque chamber music. Leclair’s so frenchie, so chic Overture No.3 shares the stage with Handel’s dramatic secular cantata, Un’ alma innamorata featuring soprano Antoinette Halloran. Plus experience the best of contrapuntal writing from 17th century Italy and more!

Mahler 7

MSO Plays Mahler 7

Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 March

Brilliant, intriguing, yet fiendishly difficult, Mahler’s Symphony No.7 is out on show, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing the Austrian composer’s ‘most glamourous symphony’.

MSO Plays Tchaikovsky

MSO Plays Tchaikovsky

Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Monday 20 March

Take one cheeky tone poem from legendary composer Richard Strauss, add Rachmaninov’s thrilling Piano Concerto No.1, and delve into life and death with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6.


MSO and the Australian String Quartet

Thursday 30 and Friday 31 March

Enjoy some personal favourites of MSO’s Concertmaster Dale Barltrop with the Australian String Quartet and the MSO, in this captivating program of Stravinsky, Hindson and Schubert.

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Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Monday 24 April

The MSO Chorus joins the Orchestra for an evening of sumptuous harmonies, performing Carmina Burana and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé: Suite No.2.

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Metropolis New Music Festival

In 2017, the Metropolis New Music Festival examines the intricacies and dichotomies of the old and the new. Join us on a journey of discovery as we explore a wealth of contemporary new music with classic instruments of the past. Presented in association with the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Metropolis #1

Thursday 4 May

Ancient instruments reveal alternate musical dimensions in new works and world premieres during this Metropolis New Music Festival performance.

Metropolis #2

Saturday 6 May

In the MSO’s final concert from the 2017 Metropolis New Music Festival, the oud, the harpsichord and the recorder receive a modern-day makeover from internationally acclaimed masters of contemporary music.

Benjamin Northey

Benjamin Northey Conducts Sibelius 2

Friday 12 May

Three classic works take the MSO from ancient Rome through to 20th century Finland. Join MSO’s Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey and Melbourne’s very own Stefan Cassomenos for an evening of bold ideas and heroic spirit – with Beethoven’s Overture to Coriolan and Emperor Piano Concerto No.5, along with Sibelius’ adventurous Symphony No.2.


MSO Plays Petrushka

Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May

Awaken your ears with Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, delve into a new work from MSO composer in residence Elena Kats-Chernin and come to life with Stravinsky’s extraordinary ballet burlesque, Petrushka.

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MSO Plays Mozart

Sunday 4 June

As the tasty entrée to July’s main course of the Mozart Festival, this chamber concert features three of Mozart’s great works for chamber groups, as chosen by the performers. Featuring oboe, horn and basset clarinet, each accompanied by strings, experience the robust and delightful musical musings of Mozart.


Haydn’s Creation

Thursday 15, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June

Experience the story of creation as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs Haydn’s life-affirming masterpiece The Creation alongside the mighty MSO Chorus!


MSO Plays Pastoral

Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Monday 26 June

Join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for a romp through the Viennese countryside in Beethoven’s enchanting Symphony No.6, brimming with glorious melodies.

Sir Andrew Davis

MSO Plays Das Lied von der Erde

Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June

Fall into the intriguingly beautiful dreamscape of Schubert’s Symphony No.8 Unfinished and experience Mahler’s epic symphony of songs – Das Lied von der Erde .

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Sir Andrew Davis

MSO Plays Das Lied von der Erde

Saturday 1 July

Fall into the intriguingly beautiful dreamscape of Schubert’s Symphony No.8 Unfinished and experience Mahler’s epic symphony of songs – Das Lied von der Erde .


The Mozart Festival

Delve into Mozart’s life and his musical legacy, which progressively chronicles the narrative of his short life. Experience some of his greatest pieces and lesser known gems, brought to life by the Orchestra under the masterful British conductor, Richard Egarr, at Hamer Hall.

MSO Plays Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Friday 14 July

In this first of four concerts, the MSO will uncover the fascinating life and times of a true boy genius through the music that Mozart created in his earlier years.

MSO Plays Mozart 40

Saturday 15 July

Uncover details of great emotional turmoil and creative achievement of the incomparable musical genius, Mozart.

Mozart’s Requiem

Friday 21 July

Richard Egarr and the MSO plumb the emotional depths of three of Mozart’s final works, including his famous unfinished Requiem, written at the age of just 35.

Amadeus Live in Concert

Saturday 22 July

Watch Miloš Forman’s Academy Award® winning Amadeus brought to life as the MSO accompanies the film live.

Benjamin Northey

Benjamin Northey Conducts Enigma

Friday 28 July

Sample Bizet’s Carmen; join acclaimed Melbourne pianist Kristian Chong for Saint-Saëns’ flashy Piano Concerto No.2; then mellow out with Elgar’s Sospiri and Enigma Variations.

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There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

Saturday 5 August

Widely regarded as one of the most influential soundtracks in recent years, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood score while Paul Thomas Anderson’s Academy Award® winning film plays on the big screen.

Shostakovich 5

MSO Plays Shostakovich 5

Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 August

Visionary conductor, Jakub Hrůša returns to the MSO for one of the great 20th century violin concertos and for Shostakovich’s ‘creative reply… to justified criticism’, his Symphony No.5.

Schumann 3

MSO Plays Schumann 3

Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Monday 21 August

Experience Dvořák’s ‘king’ of the cello concerto, journey to the banks of the Rhine River with Schumann, and uncover a new indigenous inspired composition for horn and orchestra from Richard Mills.


Mid-Season Gala – Thaïs: Opera in Concert

Saturday 26 August

An Egyptian monk has his faith challenged by an alluring Alexandrian courtesan – will he be able to absolve her sins, or be beguiled by temptation?

Bruckner 7

Sir Andrew Davis Uncovers Bruckner 7

Thursday 31 August

Sir Andrew Davis returns to uncover one of the great symphonies – Bruckner’s Symphony No.7. Experience the extraordinary cathedral of sound that is one of Bruckner’s musical triumphs.

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Bruckner 7

Sir Andrew Davis Uncovers Bruckner 7

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 September

Sir Andrew Davis returns to uncover one of the great symphonies – Bruckner’s Symphony No.7. Experience the extraordinary cathedral of sound that is one of Bruckner’s musical triumphs.


MSO Plays Kats-Chernin

Sunday 10 September

This third instalment in the Chamber Series provides the perfect vehicle for hearing the best of the string quartet, with a distinctly local flavour provided by the MSO’s 2017 Composer in Residence Elena Kats-Chernin. Her three dynamic pieces will be accompanied by Mozart’s famed String Quartet No.19 Dissonance, so named for its intriguing slow introduction.


MSO Plays Ravel

Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September

Delight in the sparkling optimism of Mozart’s Symphony No.34, revel in Ravel’s jazzy Piano Concerto and make way for brooding, yet poignant reflections in La Valse.

La Mer

MSO Plays La Mer

Saturday 30 September

Dive deep into a feast of magical ideas with Stravinsky’s Scherzo fantastique, Debussy’s shimmering La Mer and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 with pianist Saleem Ashkar.

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La Mer

MSO Plays La Mer

Monday 2 October

Dive deep into a feast of magical ideas with Stravinsky’s Scherzo fantastique, Debussy’s shimmering La Mer and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 with pianist Saleem Ashkar.

Beethoven 8

MSO Plays Beethoven 8

Thursday 12 and Friday 13 October

The MSO’s 2017 Composer in Residence, Elena Kats-Chernin is featured in this special program that highlights the very best of Australian woodwind.


MSO Plays Schubert 9

Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Monday 30 October

Inspirational conductor Andrew Manze brings fresh ideas to Beethoven and Schubert with the ‘absolutely magical’ (The Guardian) Isabelle van Keulen performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1.

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Beethoven 9

Season Finale Gala – Beethoven 9: Ode to Joy

Friday 3 November

American maestro Andrew Litton returns to the MSO after a long absence to conduct this adventurous program, dominated by two masterpieces: the Dvořák Cello Concerto, with German cellist Alban Gerhardt, and Prokofiev’s monumental Symphony No.6.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Saturday 18 November

Wizards and muggles and magical beasts unite! In November the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will present an unmissable Harry Potter™ Week, featuring the first two films performed in a thrilling screen and sound event. Relive the magic of the first two films: The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets on the big screen while the Orchestra performs the unforgettable John Williams’ score live.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © and ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

Rach 2

MSO Plays Rachmaninov 2

Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 November

Be ‘led into an enchanted garden’ by acclaimed soprano, Lisa Larsson; be captivated by Rachmaninov’s seductive Symphony No.2; and witness young Russian conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky’s MSO debut.

Sounds of Spring

Sounds of Spring

Thursday 30 November

MSO Concertmaster Eoin Andersen invites you to enjoy a programme bursting with the sounds and colours of spring.

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Sounds of Spring

Sounds of Spring

Friday 1 December

MSO Concertmaster Eoin Andersen invites you to enjoy a programme bursting with the sounds and colours of spring.


MSO Woodwind

Sunday 3 December

Join the MSO for a celebration of sonorous and virtuosic sounds. From gorgeous French melodies to Hough’s poignant Was mit den Tränen geschieht; and Krommer’s Harmonie Op.57, which dominated the Viennese courts of the 18th century.


Handel’s Messiah

Saturday 9 December

Esteemed Italian conductor Rinaldo Alessandrini will set your 2017 festive season off to a flying start with his invigorating take on Handel’s most popular work.


MSO Christmas

Saturday 16 December

Celebrate Christmas with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, featuring excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Handel’s Messiah as well as Corelli’s Christmas Concerto.

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