Classical Hits (and other bits)

Classical Hits (and other bits)

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Lasers, lights and one huge line up of the top classical hits of all time

In a spectacular one-night-only event, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will perform an exhilarating program of popular classical hits in a fun-filled concert.

The concert in Hamer Hall on Saturday, April 1, will highlight specially arranged short extracts from favourite classical masterpieces, many known from popular culture.

The favourites include Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries featured in Apocalypse Now, Beethoven’s famous opening dramatic notes from the Fifth Symphony, Ravel’s climactic Bolero, the epic Carmina Burana familiar from television commercials, the divine O Sole Mio which Elvis Presley recreated as ‘It’s Now or Never’, along with many other top classical hits.

Featuring guest artists soprano Greta Bradman and tenor Rosario La Spina, the MSO and the MSO Chorus will be under the baton of Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey.

‘This event is filled with great music for everybody. If you love music, and maybe you’ve never seen a symphony orchestra perform live, you can enjoy all the best symphonic hits in one memorable performance. If you’re a seasoned concertgoer, then you can celebrate some of the most popular classical music in a spectacular atmosphere,’ said Mr Northey.

Visy Chairman Anthony Pratt, a long-time supporter of the MSO, said he was delighted to be the concert’s Executive Producer.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the people of Melbourne to enjoy a spectacular night of music, light and sound. The orchestra will make the hits they know and love come alive,” he said.

“I guarantee they’ll instantly recognise the Classics, and hearing a symphony orchestra play Tchaikovsky’s ultimate masterpiece, 1812 Overture complete with canons, will just ‘blow their minds’!”


Date: Saturday 1 April at 8pm
Venue: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
Tickets: $50 – $99 *prices subject to change
Bookings: | 03 9929 9600