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Sidney Myer Free Concerts - Wrap Up

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Over the course of three nights, thousands of Melburnians flocked to the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl to take in the beautiful sounds of the MSO and to be a part of what has become a much loved annual tradition in the Orchestra’s calendar.

It was another successful year of gorgeous music at the Bowl!


Dvořák Under the Stars

Wednesday 17 February

After a rainy morning, the clouds parted and the sun came out for our first Sidney Myer Free Concert – Dvořák Under the Stars.


The crowd started to pour in and the picnic rugs went down.


The picnic game was strong…

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American conductor Joshua Weilerstein joined the Orchestra on stage for his Australian debut.


To start the night off, the Orchestra performed Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, followed by Gershwin’s Piano Concerto featuring Melbourne pianist Stefan Cassomenos.


And after the interval, it was time for Dvořák’s Symphony No.7.


‘Dvorak’s Symphony No 7 in D minor, Op 70 saw Weilerstein impress with the discipline of his musical gestures and mature exposition of the works emotional arc. There was much to enjoy, including lovely emphasis to counter melody in the second movement, plenty of bounce in the third’s underlying accompaniment and excellent control of its multiple musical threads.’

Martin Duffy, The Age



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Summer Carnival

Saturday 20 February

White Night Melboourne was upon us and the Melbourne weather gods were playing nice!


Over 10,000 Melburnians flocked to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl to enjoy a balmy summer’s evening with the MSO.



Joshua Weilerstein took to the podium for his second appearance with the Orchestra, opening the night with Dvořák’s Carnival.


‘Conductor Joshua Weilerstein and the MSO brought a festive brilliance to the program’s opening foray, Dvorak’s Carnival Overture’

Clive O’Connell, The Age


Then it was time for Barber’s Violin Concerto, featuring the MSO’s own Dale Barltrop as soloist, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5.



What a night!


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The Tang of the Tango

Saturday 27 February

It was another night of gorgeous weather for our final Sidney Myer Free Concert – The Tang of the Tango.


Benjamin Northey joined the Orchestra on stage to perform a Spanish-South American program to a crowd of 10,000 people.


First up was Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat: Suite No.2, followed by Rodrigo’s Concierto madrigal featuring guitarist brothers Leonard and Slava Grigoryan as soloists.


After interval came Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, followed by works by Piazzolla.

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The Grigoryan Brothers graced the stage again for Piazzolla’s Oblivion and Libertango, and were joined by Dianne Heywood-Smith and David Backler from Sidewalk Tango, specialists in Tango Argentino.


Look at that crowd!


The sun started to set as the night was coming to an end.

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It was another great night of beautiful music under the stars at the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

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A big thanks to everyone who joined us. We hope you enjoyed the concerts. See you next year!


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