A staple of Melbourne's cultural calendar for 90 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, features 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 Wednesday, February 5, and keeping the fun going on Saturday, February 8, Melburnians can enjoy the last evening in the series on Friday, February 14. The first night, Around the World with the MSO, will feature songs by Richard Strauss and Antonin Dvorak, as well as the world premiere of a new piece by Australia's own Jordan Moore. On the Saturday, Dance, Dance, Dance will see singer Katie Noonan and dancers from emotion21 — a dance school for people with Down syndrome — join the orchestra for the evening. And, finally, on Valentine's Day, there'll be La Dolce Vita, a romantic Italian evening of music.
Drinks and snacks will be available to purchase, but you can also BYO — just make sure you pack cups that aren't glass. Performances begin at 7:30pm; however, gates are open at 4:30pm so be sure to arrive promptly with your picnic basket in hand.