Anthony Pratt donates $300,000 to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for international touring

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra today unveiled a major gift donation of $300,000 by Anthony Pratt and the Pratt Foundation to support international touring.

The donation, which was received at a special event at the Pratt family residence ‘Raheen’ on Saturday night, will take the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to the United States in 2019.

As a major supporter of the MSO and the Australian arts scene, Anthony Pratt has generously supported a number of other fundraising initiatives and currently supports Benjamin Northey’s role as Associate Conductor.

MSO Chairman Michael Ullmer said the generous donation will provide exciting opportunities to showcase Melbourne’s orchestra to the world.

‘This major gift to our orchestra is yet another demonstration of Anthony’s leadership as one of Australia’s top philanthropists. We are incredibly grateful for the Pratt Foundation’s continued commitment and support of the orchestra and recognising the MSO as a leader in music performance and education,’ said Mr Ullmer.

Anthony Pratt said he was delighted to be supporting the MSO in international touring.

‘The MSO is a world-class orchestra and I am thrilled to be bringing their incredible music to the world. The US tour will not only help the MSO cement ties to leading performing arts institutions in the United States, but will also help us showcase Australia’s foremost orchestra to new audiences in America,’ said Mr Pratt.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will tour to the United States of America in 2019.

ENDS – Media enquiries: Karen Soennichsen | soennichsenk@mso.com.au