2021 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

Presented in association with the University of Melbourne

Friday 29 January 2021 at 7:30pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Free Event

Saturday 6 February 2021 at 7:30pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Free Event

Wednesday 10 February 2021 at 7:30pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Free Event


Please note: this is an all-weather concert. In the unlikely event of extreme weather, MSO will post details on social media.

For more than 90 years, Melbourne summers have been punctuated by the MSO’s annual free concert series. Join us as we play under the stars. Admission is FREE!

Stay tuned for conditions of entry to be determined in line with government regulations for live events.

The Faun and The Firebird

29 January at 7.30pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Dane Lam conductor
Shefali Pryor oboe

Ross Edwards Bird Spirit Dreaming
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919 version)

Let your spirit soar like a bird in flight as the MSO’s free summer series bursts alight with a fiery program of works by Debussy, Stravinsky and Australian composer Ross Edwards.

Mambo! Dancing across the centuries

6 February at 7.30pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Bayl conductor
David Jones drumkit

Rameau Dance suites from selected operas
Paul Stanhope Dancing on Clouds
Bernstein Symphonic Dances
Joe Chindamo Drum Concerto
de Falla Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 2

Fill your dance card with the MSO’s celebration of movement in music across the ages, including works by Rameau, de Falla, Bernstein and two contemporary Australian composers.

Spanish Harlem

10 February at 7.30pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Timothy Young piano
Vanessa Perica band leader

Ellington Harlem 
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Vanessa Perica Love is a Temporary Madness, The Symphonic Suite (World Premiere)

A concert for cool cats and symphony slickers – MSO at the Bowl has it made in the shade with a program to get toes tapping and spirits singing.

Dance with a Duke (Ellington that is) up to Harlem before one of Melbourne’s best pianists serves up sultry Spanish flair with Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major. A world premiere by Australian jazz composer Vanessa Perica will send you swinging into the summer night.

Program and artists subject to change.

The Sidney Myer Free Concert series is proudly supported by Sidney Myer MSO Trust Fund.

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