The Ears Wide Open series is proudly supported by TarraWarra Estate.

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.

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Nicholas Bochner presenter


Beethoven Symphony No.9

Educational, insightful and entertaining.

In Ears Wide Open, you are taken on a unique musical journey by host and MSO cellist Nicholas Bochner. Nicholas together with the musicians of the MSO will deconstruct famous classical pieces so that you understand the context, history and story behind these well-known works. You will get into the mind of the composer, will hear the musicians perform what is being explained, and you will dive deeply into the pieces.

The third Ears Wide Open concert for 2020 is Beethoven’s epic Symphony No.9. Composed between 1822–1824, this piece is popularly regarded as one of Beethoven’s greatest compositions, and one of history’s most influential works.

While Beethoven’s inclusion of a chorus and vocal soloists in the final movement of his Symphony No. 9 seems like a sudden departure from the form he had worked his whole life to perfect, many threads and themes in his earlier symphonies had been leading him in this direction. This Ears Wide Open will seek to explore and untangle some of those threads and will particularly focus on the achingly beautiful third movement; the movement that would be his last purely instrumental symphonic piece.

This event will be livestreamed to MSO’s YouTube.

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The Ears Wide Open series is proudly supported by TarraWarra Estate.

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