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


Nicholas Bochner presenter


Schumann Symphony No.2

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 first Ears Wide Open of 2020 explores one of Schumann’s richest and most compelling compositions.

Schumann’s second symphony was composed between 1845–46 – an interesting time of change for the composer, who was suffering numerous mental and physical ailments. At this time Schumann moved from piano-based composition to a ‘new way of thinking’ that saw him compose predominantly in his mind’s ear. The effect of this change was layered complexity and depth to his works.

The symphony itself begins with a leisurely introduction and simple fanfare that returns in subsequent movements. The pace of this first movement picks up, embracing a sense of rebellion and shifting disposition. Throughout the symphony, allow the Orchestra to take you through conflicting moods – vehement intensity comes in the second movement, while an aching third movement caresses the listener with romantic strings and wind.

Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 demonstrates creative robustness and richness, demarcating an integral turn in Schumann’s career.

Wine tasting

Arrive early for complimentary TarraWarra Estate wine tasting with expert winemaker Clare Halloran. As a Supporting Partner of the MSO, TarraWarra Estate is a perfect pairing for Ears Wide Open. Tasting begins in the Melbourne Recital Centre foyer from 5.30pm!

This event will be livestreamed to MSO’s YouTube.

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

TarraWarra Estate 2017 Barbera


The rich fruit and spice flavours of this charming Barbera are a perfect match for the layered complexity of Schumann’s Second Symphony – both full of intensity and depth while remaining superbly elegant. TarraWarra’s Barbera has gone from strength to strength, consistently producing a wine that is full in flavour yet retaining its cool climate elegance. It is ideally suited to the Yarra Valley, producing wines with intensity and finesse. The variety is thriving in its location, yielding a wine that has quickly become one of our favourites.


2017 was an excellent vintage in the Yarra Valley. A cooler season delayed ripening; picking was 3 weeks behind 2016. A mild autumn allowed lovely flavour development with good balance. Cool nights and mild days gave perfect ripening conditions, with the fruit in perfect condition at harvest.

TarraWarra’s 2017 Barbera is available for purchase from

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