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Mini-festival of music making for the young, and young at heart

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From Star Wars to Romeo and Juliet to Crazy Creatures, MSO Education Week introduces the wonderful world of classical music to people of all ages!

Curious to know the difference between a trumpet and a French horn? Always wanted to know the secret to the conductor’s baton?

Join the Orchestra from 3 – 7 May for a fun-filled adventure during MSO Education Week – a mini festival that introduces the wonderful world of classical music to people of all ages.


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

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The Week will kick off with a big, bold and fun concert that showcases the sheer aural spectacle 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 learning about classical music.

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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.

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The Orchestra 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.


Concert Details

An Adventurer’s Guide to the Orchestra

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

An Adventurer's Guide to the Orchestra

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.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to learn more about a symphony orchestra and classical music. Recommended for ages 9+.


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

Classic Kids

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.

Perfect for: Ages 3-7


Meet the Orchestra: Bamboozled

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

Meet the Orchestra

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.

Perfect for: School aged children


Jams for Juniors: Carnival of the Animals

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

Secondary Symphony Project

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

Perfect for: Children aged 0-5 and their families


Symphony in a Day

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

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

Perfect for: Anyone wanting to support the community musicians participating in Symphony in a Day