With major event restrictions still to be lifted to a point where we can perform for you in the concert hall, we regret that this MSO performance will not proceed.

We are committed to ensuring the longevity and sustainability of the MSO, and we thank you for your patience, understanding and support during this time. We will, however, keep the music going! We invite all music-lovers to enjoy free online concerts via our YouTube channel.

If you hold a ticket to this performance, instead of requesting a refund, we ask you to consider donating the value of your ticket to enable us to live stream more free events and continue the mission of the MSO, to enrich lives through music. Please email our Box Office prior to the performance date at if you would prefer to do this and we thank you in advance if you choose to donate during this uncertain period. MSO gift cards (valid for 3 years) and fee-free exchanges are also available.

Refunds will automatically be processed to the credit card used to make the purchase on the scheduled concert date. Please note, refunds may take 10 business days to arrive in your account.

Further information can be found on the Cancelled and Rescheduled Concerts page


Genevieve Lacey recorder
Paul Kildea conductor


Vivaldi Concerto in C Major for Flautino
Moondog Bird of Paradise
Hollis Taylor and Jon Rose Absolute Bird Concerto
Rebel Les élémens
Erkki-Sven Tüür Whistles and Whispers from Uluru

About the performance

Music as sweet as a nightingale’s song.

Renowned Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey’s extraordinary skills will trace the ways the natural world has influenced music composition, in this celebration of the beauty and complexity of birdsong.

The call of a bird is so ubiquitous, such a part of our daily world, that it is easy to forget just how wondrous and musical a phenomenon it really is. Many of the great composers recognised its simple charm and featured it in celebrated works, such as Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

Acclaimed Australian musician Genevieve Lacey is particularly familiar with the idea of birdsong as creative fount, having recorded an album that uses the song of the pied butcherbird as its principal motif. Here Lacey performs a work by the same composer, Hollis Taylor’s Absolute Bird Concerto. A gorgeous amalgam of found sound, field recordings and live music, it will transport you to the soundscape of the unmistakable Australian bush.

The Baroque bursts with birdsong too. Lacey tackles one of its most fiendish and simultaneously effortlessly beautiful examples with Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major for Flautino – an instrument capable of dazzling flights up and down the scale. Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les élémens astonishes with its almost modernist attacking strings, and evokes the flocking of birds as a chaotic dance.

With Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Whistles and Whispers from Uluru, again written for Lacey, and idiosyncratic American composer Moondog’s Birds of Paradise, this will be a glorious tribute to the eternal beauty of birdsong.

Back to What's On