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The MSO's 2023 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

One of Melbourne's summertime traditions returns, this time with a celebration of Tchaikovsky and an ode to Melbourne's diversity.
By Concrete Playground
October 28, 2022
By Concrete Playground
October 28, 2022

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 shows in this long-standing favourite series 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 beloved summertime tradition.

The 2023 series kicks off on Wednesday, February 8 with a huge celebration of the one and only Tchaikovsky — including selections from Swan Lake, the Spartacus Suite No.1 and the Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture.

Then, a week later on Wednesday, February 15, it's time to pay tribute to Melbourne's diversity through music. This show will see Melissa Douglas start her tenure as Cybec Young Composer in Residence, playing a fanfare commissioned for the 2023 Sidney Myer Free Concert Series — and also feature four artists from Melbourne's west, Ag Johnson, ELAURA, Nomad and HVSH, all performing original works. Plus, Sangam Ensemble will present Agam, which tells tales of the Tamil Australians who live and work on the Kulin Nation's lands.

Laura Manariti

Finally, on Saturday, February 18, the MSO will welcome Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition winner Hannah Shin to perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto — and then let Carmina Burana loose.

All three performances begin at 7.30pm; however, gates usually open at 4.30pm.

And with no tickets required, this is a first-in kind of affair. Arriving early to nab your best spot is highly recommended.

Laura Manariti

Top image: Mark Gambino.

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