A staple of Melbourne's cultural calendar for 80 years and counting, the Sidney Myer Free Concerts are back for another year. Held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the latest of this long-standing favourite will, as always, feature a trio of performances from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Whether you're a classical music buff or just want to stretch out with a picnic on the grass, there's a good reason these concerts have become a summertime tradition.
After kicking off on Friday, February 8, and keeping the fun going on Saturday, February 16, Melburnians can enjoy the last evening in the series on Wednesday, February 20. The first night will feature a series of famous songs by American composer George Gershwin, while Tchaikovsky and Debussy will star on the Saturday. A Symphonic Celebration will round out the free performances with fantasy-themed pieces, such as Dukas' 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'.
Drinks and snacks will be available to purchase, but you can also BYO — just make sure you pack plastic cups. Performances begin at 7:30pm; however, gates are open at 4:30pm so be sure to arrive promptly with your picnic basket in hand.