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From Star Wars and Romeo and Juliet to Crazy Creatures, MSO Education Week is for the young, and the young at heart

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will take Melburnians on a fun filled adventure introducing the wonderful world of classical music to people of all ages for the annual MSO Education Week, taking place 3-7 May.

Internationally acclaimed music educator Paul Rissmann will direct the week, joining forces with MSO’s Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey to take audiences of all ages on a journey into the heart of the Orchestra.

The week will kick off with a big, bold and fun concert that showcases the sheer power of a large-scale orchestra performing some of the greatest musical giants – John Adams, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams to name a few. An Adventurer’s Guide to the Orchestra will feature the Star Wars theme and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and is the perfect experience for anyone interested in classical music.

Children aged 0-5 will have the chance to play with MSO musicians during Jams for Juniors: Carnival of the Animals, as children aged 3-7 are taken on a wacky adventure during Classic Kids: Crazy Creatures, with school aged children able to meet a host of audacious characters during Meet the Orchestra: Bamboozled.

The MSO will also present Symphony in a Day, a side-by-side initiative that provides community musicians with the opportunity to perform alongside their MSO counterpart, conducted by Benjamin Northey.

Since its inauguration in 2011, MSO Education Week has hosted over 50,000 children, teachers and adults.

This year as part of MSO Education Week, more than 950 students and teachers from low socio-economic schools will attend concerts on sponsored excursion packages.


MSO Education Week Concert Listings

An Adventurer’s Guide to the Orchestra

Tuesday 3 May at 6:30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

For all ages

This big, bold and fun concert showcases the sheer power of a large-scale orchestra performing some of the greatest musical giants and is the perfect experience for anyone interested in learning more about classical music.

Classic Kids: Crazy Creatures

Tuesday 3 May at 11:30am
Wednesday 4 May at 10am and 11:30am
Saturday 7 May at 10am and 11:30am
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

For children aged 3-7

The audience will have the chance to meet the quirky heroes from The Duck with No Luck and A Cat Called Scratch during performances which will see the quirky characters projected on a big screen above the Orchestra so the audience can share their wacky adventures.

Meet the Orchestra: Bamboozled

Thursday 5 May at 12pm
Friday 6 May at 10am and 12pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

For school aged children

This interactive concert is the perfect way to experience classical music, with Rissmann introducing a host of audacious characters, including Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, made famous by Mickey Mouse in Fantasia.

Jams for Juniors: Carnival of the Animals

Saturday 7 May at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 1pm
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre

For children aged 0-5

Jam with the MSO in a 30-minute workshop that explores Saint-Saens’ delightful salute to the lion, the tortoise and the swan.

Symphony in a Day

Saturday 7 May at 7:30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

For all ages

See community musicians perform side-by-side with their counterpart in the Orchestra, conducted by Benjamin Northey.


Media enquiries

Kate Eichler
Publicity and Online Engagement Coordinator
eichlerk@mso.com.au
+61 3 9626 1151