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The MSO's 2022 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

One of Melbourne's summertime traditions returns, this time with famous film themes and the music of Archie Roach.
By Concrete Playground
September 28, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
September 28, 2021
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A staple of Melbourne's cultural calendar for more than 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.

The 2022 series kicks off on Wednesday, February 9 with both new and classic pieces — including Franck's 'Le Chasseur Maudit', Hyde's 'Piano Concerto No.2', Delius' 'Summer Evening' and Ravel's 'Daphnis et Chloe: Suite No.2', plus the world premiere of Bianca Gannon's 'New Work for Orchestra and Indonesian Instruments'.

Then, on Saturday, February 12, it's time to celebrate famed composer John Williams' 90th birthday with a number of the film themes he's best known for. So, get ready for tunes from Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook and more.

Then, on Saturday, February 19, the MSO is joining forces with Archie Roach on 'One Song' — with assistance from MSO Composer in Residence Paul Grabowsky AO, too.

As happened this year, this will likely be a socially distanced affair, with entry and ticketing details set to be confirmed in January 2022..

All three performances begin at 7.30pm; however, gates usually open earlier, with times still to be confirmed as well.

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