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Thursday 02 May 2024

7:30pm at Robert Blackwood Hall

Meet the Music Series

Limited tickets available!

The MSO’s new Meet the Music Series for secondary schools is an exciting array of incredible performers and some of the best orchestral repertoire out there including much-loved works by Holst, Gershwin, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky.

Each concert in this series will be accompanied by a digital pre-concert talk with James Le Fevre, Head of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), to help prepare students for the performance.

Watch pre-concert talk


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Tair Khisambeev violin


Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Elgar Enigma Variations

About this performance

Jaime Martín conducts this stunning program of perennial English charmers – some of the most popular orchestral music ever written.

  • First, you'll tour through the instruments of the orchestra with Benjamin Britten’s delightful A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
  • Then, you'll hear a work by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a figurehead of England’s Folk Music Revival, who would spend his time rambling through the countryside to ‘collect’ folk tunes from villagers. One of the best-loved works in classical music, The Lark Ascending draws on such tunes, creating a glorious pastoral picture of a bird in flight on a clear, bright day.
  • After a long day of apparently-torturous teaching, Elgar sat down at the piano to clear his mind, and began to tinker. The final work on this program is the tune he called Enigma – to express the ‘nothingness’ from which it came. Each of the fourteen variations on this never-revealed theme paints musical portrait of one of Elgar’s friends. The most famous – Nimrod – is one of the most emotionally profound and magnificent works of all time.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes including interval

Listen to Enigma Variations

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MSO Schools Concerts are supported by Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.

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