Brian Cox

A Symphonic Universe


Post-concert conversation: Brian Cox and friends
Following the Friday evening performance*, join Professor Cox, Daniel Harding, Paul Dean, Jack Liebeck and host, mezzo-soprano and physicist Jacqui Dark for an exclusive In Conversation discussing music, science, and more! To book, simply purchase a ticket to the performance on Friday 15 November, and follow the prompts.


Daniel Harding conductor
Brian Cox OBE presenter
Jack Liebeck violin


Haydn Chaos from The Creation
Dean Violin Concerto A Brief History of Time (World Premiere and MSO Commission for Jack Liebeck)
Beethoven Grosse Fugue
Mahler Adagio from Symphony No. 10

About the performance

Who knew science could sound so beautiful?

One of the world’s pre-eminent physicists, Professor Brian Cox, will join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this November in a very special event that bridges the gap between music and science.Covering the big questions of eternity, death, rebirth and existence, Professor Cox, alongside conductor Daniel Harding will attempt to bring these great questions to the fore using the science of cosmology and some of the greatest symphonic music ever written.

Violinist virtuoso Jack Liebeck will join the Orchestra to perform the world premiere of Paul Dean’s violin concerto A Brief History of Time, which was dedicated to late physicist Professor Stephen Hawking.

The concert will feature music from the pre-scientific age, highlighting how great composers have, through the ages, attempted to understand and explain our place in the universe using music. The centrepiece of the extraordinary evening will be the first movement from Gustav Mahler’s Tenth Symphony, in which the composer wrestles with the idea of the finite nature of existence.

Throughout the evening, Professor Cox will present on our universe and solar system, discussing what was known about the world during the time when each of these composers created their music, and what is known now.

Journey through space and time in this captivating evening of music and science.

*This post-concert conversation can only be purchased in conjunction with a ticket to the Friday evening performance. These tickets cannot be purchased individually.

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