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Friday 31 May 2024
10:30am at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

Friday 31 May 2024
12:30pm at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

Ticket price: $9
Our low ticket price is thanks to the support of an anonymous donor.

Duration: approx. 50 minutes

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About this performance

A story of hope, freedom and family love.

Join the MSO as they bring the beautiful picture book The Peasant Prince to life. Based on his best-selling memoir Mao’s Last Dancer, this work narrates with words and music the inspiring story of Li Cunxin’s childhood and follows his subsequent journey to become one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers.

Katy Abbott, MSO Composer in Residence, will explore the themes of her work with illuminating demonstrations with the orchestra.

Image credit: Anne Spudvilas


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Ingrid Martin conductor
Katy Abbott
Bert LaBonté


Katy Abbott* The Peasant Prince

*MSO Composer in Residence

Learning resources

Explore this suite of activities and learning experiences suitable for the classroom before or after attending this performance.

This resource was created by James Le Fevre, Head of Music at VCASS.

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