Sidney Myer Free Concerts

Gates Open 4pm

Saturday 14 February 2015 at 7:00pm

Wednesday 18 February 2015 at 7:00pm

Saturday 21 February 2015 at 7:00pm


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Sidney Myer Free Concerts, presented in association with the University of Melbourne, are the perfect soundtrack to summer in the city, bringing together timeless music and great artists against the backdrop of sunset at one of Melbourne’s most iconic outdoor venues. Admission is free and gates open at 4pm.

Terms and conditions of entry can be found here.

A Musical Valentine

Saturday 14 February 7pm

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe: Suite No.2
Das Rosenband
Gershwin (arr: bennett) Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture

Benjamin Northey conductor
Emma Matthews soprano

The MSO’s beloved summer series returns with a program of star-crossed love, opening with Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet. Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe conjures An ancient tale of desire tantalisingly out of reach, while the spirit of romantic love pervades Strauss’ songs. This homage to amour closes with Porgy and Bess, Gershwin’s musical love story fusing New York jazz with musical traditions from America’s Deep south.

2 hours with 20 minute interval.

Summer Nights in Budapest

Wednesday 18 February 7pm

Brahms Hungarian Dances
Liszt Piano Concerto No.2
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra

Gergely Madaras conductor
Daniel de Borah piano

An enduring audience favourite, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances evoke the smouldering energy of the gypsies, while Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, one of the greatest masterpieces of the twentieth century, draws simple folk influences into a grand orchestral vision. Bridging these grandiose works is the sublime poetry of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 – a radiant composition from one of the world’s greatest pianists.

2 hours with 20 minute interval.

Bohemian Rhapsodies

Saturday 21 February 7pm

Smetana The Bartered Bride: Overture
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Dvorak Symphony No.8

Gergely Madaras conductor
Ji Won Kim violin

The rousing finale to the MSO’s 2015 summer series, this spirited program opens with Smetana’s exuberant overture to The Bartered Bride, while Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Violin Concerto brings Slavic melodies into the fray. The last word is saved for Dvorˇák’s Symphony No.8, a lively evocation of the composer’s deep affection for the Czech countryside and its people.

2 hours with 20 minute interval.

Summersalt logo

Back to What's On