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Performance Cancelled

Due to the extension of the Victorian lockdown, this performance will not proceed as scheduled. The MSO Box Office will contact affected ticket holders with more information as soon as possible.

We thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Slava Grigoryan guitar


Borodin Polovtsian Dances
Bernstein On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
La Valse
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Piazzolla Oblivion
Ravel Boléro

About this performance

From Ravel to Rodrigo, orchestral music is full of toe-tappers; music that makes us sway and tap and whisk our partner into a waltz.

  • This program begins with three lively dance numbers: the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s Prince Igor; a suite of dances from Leonard Bernstein’s popular musical about three sailors on leave in New York City; and a tribute to the “art of the waltz” by Maurice Ravel.
  • There are many interpretations of Astor Piazolla’s Oblivion, but the soul of the work is the tango. As cellist Yo Yo Ma put it, “tango is not just about dancing. It is a music of deep undercurrents.
  • Concierto de Aranjuez is one of the most famous pieces for guitar and orchestra, and it came to its composer Joaquín Rodrigo famously quickly: “I heard a voice inside me singing the entire theme of the Adagio at one go, without hesitation,” he said.
  • Now instantly recognisable thanks to its distinct rhythm, Ravel’s Bolero was originally commissioned as a ballet, by the great Russian actress, dancer and patron of the arts, Ida Rubinstein.

COVIDSafe information

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 100% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. The MSO and Arts Centre Melbourne strongly recommends the wearing of masks where 1.5m distancing is difficult to achieve, however wearing a mask is no longer a requirement for entry.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show and if there's an interval involved.
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage
The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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