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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
Alban Gerhardt cello
Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO soprano
Upper voices of the MSO Chorus
Warren Trevelyan-Jones
chorus director
Steven Hodgson
guest chorus director


Elgar Cello Concerto
Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO Earth*
Holst The Planets

*World Premiere of an MSO Commission

About this performance

Join the MSO and Jaime Martín for two of the most emotionally-stirring works of all time. Alban Gerhardt brings intense musicality to perform Elgar’s ravishing Cello Concerto, and Gustav Holst’s magnificent The Planets gets a new celestial addition.

  • Elgar composed his Cello Concerto in the aftermath of the First World War. This extraordinary piece – at once emotionally reserved and overflowing in its lyrical expansiveness – has become a cornerstone of 20th century music.
  • While Elgar was writing his Cello Concerto, Gustav Holst sat elsewhere in England pondering the mysteries of the solar system. The resulting suite – The Planets – takes us on an otherworldly journey among these heavenly bodies, exploring each in the context of their corresponding Greek and Roman Gods. Perhaps the best known of these – Jupiter – has since become the melody to English anthem ‘I vow to Thee, My Country’.
  • A newly-commissioned work by Yorta Yorta composer Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO completes the picture – a First Nations perspective on Earth to join its siblings among the stars.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

Listen to The Planets

2023 Crown Packer Combined 1200X388

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

2023 Ryman 600

The MSO Gala series is proudly presented by MSO Premier Partner, Ryman Healthcare.

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