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Friday 9 August 2024
7.30pm at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

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

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

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Meet the Music Series

Limited tickets available!

The MSO’s new Meet the Music Series for secondary schools is an exciting array of incredible performers and some of the best orchestral repertoire out there including much-loved works by Holst, Gershwin, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky.

Each concert in this series is accompanied by a digital pre-concert talk with James Le Fevre, Head of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), to help prepare students for the performance.

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Sophie Rowell violin
Sunny Kim vocalist
Andrew O'Connor bass-baritone
Pamela Rabe narrator


Katy Abbott* Hidden Thoughts III: Stories of Awe**
Max Richter The Four Seasons Recomposed

*MSO Composer in Residence
**World premiere of an MSO Commission

About this performance

This dynamic program opens with the third piece in Katy Abbott's award-winning Hidden Thoughts series. Based on the stories of anonymous participants, this piece sets individual stories and the collective voice to music, capturing and delivering the very human experience of awe. The stories tell of unexpected encounters, of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary, of being moved by music, art, nature, kindness and courage. Collective effervescence, spiritual awakenings, the delicacy and complexity of nature and the infinitesimal self within it.

If you’d like to contribute a story to Hidden Thoughts III, please complete a short anonymous survey at:

Ground-breaking composer Max Richter’s minimalist-inspired music is equally at home in the concert hall as it is on screen, having featured in Arrival, and episodes of Black Mirror and The Last of Us, among many others. His innovative fresh take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasonstopped the classical charts in 22 countries in 2012, and continues to awe devotees of the original and new fans alike.

Duration: approx. 2 hours including interval

MSO Schools partner Crown Packer combined 1200

MSO Schools Concerts are supported by Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.

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