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Spend the summer under the stars with the MSO

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For more than 90 years, Melbourne summers have been punctuated by the MSO’s annual free concert series. Join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as they return to play their first city concerts in 10 months across three colourful and vibrant programs, celebrating Australian musicians and music.

Opening the free series is The Faun and The Firebird on Saturday 29 January featuring the soaring music of Debussy, Stravinsky and Australian composer Ross Edwards. Conductor Dane Lam leads the Orchestra with oboe soloist Shefali Pryor performing in Edwards’ mesmerising work Bird Spirit Dreaming.

On Saturday 6 February, the MSO celebrates movement in music across the ages in Mambo! Dancing across the centuries with a program filled with dance music! Experience Paul Stanhope’s Dancing on Clouds and Joe Chindamo’s Concerto for Drumkit and Orchestra featuring David Jones alongside works by Rameau and de Falla, and Bernstein’s legendary Symphonic Dances, conducted by Benjamin Bayl. Melbourne Youth Orchestras will start the show with a special Saturday night curtain-raising performance!

Spanish Harlem is the final event in the series on Wednesday 10 February, and is certainly a concert for cool cats and symphony slickers with conductor Ben Northey at the helm! Duke Ellington’s Harlem will set the scene, followed by Ravel’s Piano Concerto featuring Timothy Young and then Melbourne bandleader Vanessa Perica will step into the spotlight for the world premiere of her Symphonic Suite – Love is a Temporary Madness.

Bookings for socially-distanced tables and Lawn Decks are essential for the Sidney Myer Free Concerts with tickets available from mso.com.au. Tickets to The Faun and the Firebird are available from 8 January, with tickets to Mambo! and Spanish Harlem available from 15 January.

All three Sidney Myer Free Concerts will be broadcast live on ABC Classic.

The Sidney Myer Free Concert Series is proudly supported by Sidney Myer MSO Trust Fund and presented in association with the University of Melbourne.


The Faun and the Firebird
Friday 29 January, 7.30pm
Presented by Alice Keath (ABC Classic)

Mambo! Dancing across the centuries
Saturday 6 February, 7.30pm
Melbourne Youth Orchestras curtain-raiser, 6-6.30pm
Presented by Jacinta Parsons (ABC Melbourne)

Spanish Harlem
Wednesday 10 February, 7.30pm
Presented by Greta Bradman (ABC Classic)