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Friday 19 July 2024

11:00am at Hamer 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. These resources will be available shortly on

Meet the Music Series


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Christian Li* violin

*MSO Young Artist in Association


Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Paganini Violin Concerto No.1

About this performance

Prodigious violinist and MSO Young Artist in Association Christian Li joins the MSO for Paganini's virtuosic First Violin Concerto, and Jaime Martín conducts Tchaikovsky's musical testament to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers.

  • Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture – while inspired by Shakespeare’s great tragedy – was designed to stand on its own, with various themes depicting different characters and moments in the plot. The overture’s famous ‘love theme’ is ingrained in the memories of millennials everywhere as the ‘kiss’ in video game The Sims.
  • Composer Niccolò Paganini achieved technical feats on the violin that were considered impossible by many. In fact, his virtuosic talents were so remarkable that they stirred up rumours that he’d sold his soul to the devil in exchange for such profound gifts. His First Violin Concerto traverses memorable melodies and mind-blowing virtuosity in a thrilling display of theatricality.

Duration: approx. 1 hour, no interval

Listen to Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet

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

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East meets West is supported by the Li Family Trust and the National Foundation for Australia China Relations.

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