Vivaldi's The Four Seasons



Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Bochner conductor


Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Paul Stanhope Dancing on Clouds
Michael Daugherty Strut

What could be more Melbourne than four seasons in one day? Vivaldi’s masterpiece for violin and orchestra musically depicts everything from a flower-strewn meadow to a violent thunderstorm, with plenty of orchestral fireworks along the way.

The evening is bookended by thrilling short works by contemporary composers. Dancing on Clouds by Australian composer Paul Stanhope is an imaginative flight of fancy into the heavens, where anything is possible. And Grammy Award-winning American composer Michael Daugherty’s Strut is an edge-of-your seat spin through the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, inspired by actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.

The best introduction to a night with the MSO; be welcomed into our Hamer Hall home and witness the power of a live orchestra in full surround sound.

“Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is perfect music for someone unfamiliar with the classical music universe”
-Max Richter

Learn more about Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at our Ears Wide Open Beginner’s Guide here 6 May 6pm and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Deconstructed here 6 May 8.30pm at Iwaki Auditorium.

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 75% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. The MSO and Arts Centre Melbourne strongly recommends the wearing of masks where 1.5m distancing is difficult to achieve, however wearing a mask is no longer a requirement for entry.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show only
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage

The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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