Composing music full of imagination without words during the fifteenth century in Europe blossomed bountifully. Orchestras of all types gradually became established in Europe, England, America and finally by the early twentieth century in Australia.
The resultant great wealth made during the industrial revolution and locally in Melbourne, Australia throughout the gold rushes of the nineteenth century, fuelled a demand among the growing population for live music experiences to be presented as an art form, elevating society as it graced daily life.
In reality a city in any part of the civilized world by the early twentieth century wasn’t considered sophisticated or grown up unless it had its own Symphony Orchestra.
Melbourne established its own in 1906, the first city of Australia to do so. Today the home of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is the Hamer Hall at The Arts Centre, with its largest outdoor venue being the Sidney Myer Music Bowl nearby, on the edge of the Royal Botanical Gardens.
60 – 100 or so musicians offer its patrons a diverse program of music gleaned from composers both past and present, as they present a program of music that enchants, inspires, educates and entertains.
Tickets now on sale for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Program 2017, which will perform under the baton of Chief conductor Sir Andrew Davis or Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey.
The MSO plans to present a season of great diversity, with music from classical to contemporary times.
It will include works from aria award winning group The Whitlams, including Blow Up the Pokies, I Make Hamburgers and more.
Scores from the movies have become a popular focus. In 2017 the dramatic music from Jurassic Park will ensure we are all hot on the trail of dinosaurs.
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, plus a stunning program with music from Amadeus to end the Mozart Festival, will be sure to delight people of all ages.
The concert with the lady who redefined the boundaries of pop music in Australia, Kate Miller-Heidke will perform with the the MSO under the baton of Benjamin Northey.
This concert in January 2017 is sure to be a winner to start the season sensationally.
Kate has a monumental voice, which lingers now and then in lofty places.
She exploits both its range and dynamics in a search for uncharted terrain in the world of opera, and by crossing boundaries into the more familiar popular music scene.
Followed by an East Meets West Chinese New Year Concert, where the orchestral instruments of Europe meet the textured layered sounds of traditional Chinese instruments, the MSO are offering a unique experience that will be a celebration of conjoined cultural influences
The Canadian trio The Tea Party will present a choice of songs with spectacular arrangements sure to thrill. Their concert will feature both Indian and Middle Eastern influences. MSO special guests in May for one night only, their style is dubbed “Moroccan Roll”.
Latitude 37 named for the latitudinal position which links Melbourne, Australia, to New Zealand, features players Julia Fredersdorff (baroque violin), Laura Vaughan (viola da gamba) and Donald Nicolson (harpsichord).
Drawn together by their passion for historically informed performance of 16th, 17th and 18th century music, this trio made their debut at Melbourne in 2008. For this series they will focus on the passage of music and time from past to present.
There is a great program in October. Benjamin Northey conductor, Jacqueline Porter soprano, Liane Keegan contralto, Henry Choo tenor, Shane Lowrencev bass plus their 2017 Ensemble in Residence the Australian String Quartet together with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus will present Beethoven 9: Ode to Joy: a triumphant song of life.
So tune into the MSO Masters Series, The Great Classics, the Melbourne Town Hall Series, The Choral Series, The Living Room Series, the Metropolis New Music Festival, their Chamber Series, Ears Wide Open Series, MSO At the Movies and The Mozart Festival.
If you want you can also Create Your Own Series, well you can.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Citcle, 2016