2016 Season

2016 is the perfect year to follow your Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
From Detroit techno DJs Jeff Mills and Derrick May, aerial performers in Cirque de la Symphonie, to cinema's most infamous gangster, The Godfather In Concert, it's a season full of big experiences.

An Alpine Symphony

With its enormous scoring (125 players, including cowbells and offstage brass) and length (just short of 60 minutes), Strauss' exhilarating tone poem, An Alpine Symphony is a mountainous undertaking for any orchestra. Let Sir Andrew Davis guide you on an ascent to the summit, traversing a meadow, a glacier and a storm, and watching both dawn break and sun set on this Alpine journey

Tognetti and The Lark Ascending

‘He rises and begins to round/he drops the silver chain of sound’. So begins George Meredith’s poem The Lark Ascending, the inspiration behind Vaughan Williams’ much-loved work which truly does compel you to stop, pause and force the world to stand still. Richard Tognetti joins the MSO to perform these evocative and soaring melodies, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Beethoven Festival:
The Piano Concertos

Beethoven is said to have played the piano in a manner never before heard or conceived - a manner as powerful as his personality. Strings were broken, hammers were splintered, and a whole new realm of composition was brought to the fore.

The Godfather In Concert

An offer you can’t refuse. Francis Ford Coppola's legendary film with Nino Rota's glorious score played live by the MSO. See and hear The Godfather as never before.

Cirque de la Symphonie

Awe-inspiring performances from aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers and balancers are brought to life with the dazzling strings and shimmering winds of the Orchestra. A unique marriage of music and movement.

Lunar New Year Concert

Works inspired by Eastern and Western music, conducted by composer Tan Dun, including his evocative work, The Map, inspired by the ancient village music of Southwest China.

MSO x Jeff Mills + Derrick May

Legendary Detroit techno heavyweights, Jeff Mills and Derrick May, perform on the same stage in a world first, one-night-only concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The combination of the mighty MSO with Mills, renowned for his relentless pursuit of hardness and stripped down industrial sets, and May who continually tests the limits of spirit within electronic music will redefine live music. Don't miss out.

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

It has taken Sir Andrew Davis a long time to unlock the dramatic and technical complexities of Beethoven's greatest and most challenging work. Sir Andrew Davis, with a lifetime of music behind him, finally comes to the Missa solemnis for the first time with forces fit to do it justice: the MSO at full strength.