2021 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

Presented in association with the University of Melbourne

Friday 29 January at 7:30pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Saturday 6 February at 7:30pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Wednesday 10 February at 7:30pm

Sidney Myer Music Bowl


All performances are sold out. If you hold a reservation but are unable to attend, please notify Ticketek by completing this form so these tickets can be re-released for others to use.

No walk-ups available. As part of Government-approved COVID requirements, no on-site ticket transactions can be conducted for this performance.

In 2021, the MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts are presented as part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Live at the Bowl series. Click here for conditions of entry. In addition to these conditions of entry, reasonable amounts of food and alcohol can be brought into the venue in soft-sided containers or bags for personal consumption.

Children under the age of 2 years may be admitted at no cost and without a ticket, on the lap of a parent or guardian.

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

The Faun and The Firebird

29 January at 7.30pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Dane Lam conductor
Thomas Hutchinson oboe
Alice Keath host, ABC Classic

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Ross Edwards Bird Spirit Dreaming
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.

Please note: due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, oboist Shefali Pryor has been replaced by MSO Principal Associate Oboe Thomas Hutchinson for this program.

Mambo! Dancing across the centuries

6 February at 7.30pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Bayl conductor
David Jones drumkit
Melbourne Youth Orchestra curtain-raiser, 5.45-6.15pm
Jacinta Parsons host, ABC Melbourne

Rameau Dance suites from selected operas
Paul Stanhope Dancing on Clouds
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Joe Chindamo Concerto for Drumkit and Orchestra
de Falla Three Cornered Hat excerpts from Suites 1 & 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.

The MSO is excited to welcome one of our education partners, Melbourne Youth Orchestras, for the curtain raiser performance!

Spanish Harlem

10 February at 7.30pm

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Timothy Young piano
Vanessa Perica band leader
Greta Bradman host, ABC Classic

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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