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The MSO's 2024 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

One of Melbourne's summertime traditions returns, this time with Puccini, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rossini.
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December 12, 2023
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A staple of Melbourne's cultural calendar for more than nine decades 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 reason that these concerts have become a beloved summertime tradition.

The 2024 series kicks off on Wednesday, February 21 by going all in on Puccini. Giving tunes from Tosca, La Bohème and Madama Butterfly a whirl, the MSO will be joined by conductor Xu Zhong, soprano Hui He and tenor Paul O'Neill.

Then, on Saturday, February 24, it's time to showcase Australia's up-and-coming talents. The Melbourne Youth Orchestras will get things started, then the MSO led by Carlo Antonioli will premiere Cerulean Dances and River. The first hails from Naomi Dodd, MSO's 2024 Cybec Young Composer in Residence. The second marks Alex Turley's latest work. Also on offer: Sibelius' Fifth Symphony, and  Eliza Shephard performing Matthew Hindson's Flute Concerto House Music.

Laura Manariti

Finally, on Wednesday, February 28, Rossini's Overture to L'Italiana in Algeri, Tchaikovsky's Serenade, and Beethoven's Coriolan Overture and First Symphony will echo.

All three performances begin at 7.30pm; however, gates open at 5.30pm. With no tickets required, this is a first-in kind of affair, so arriving early to nab your best spot is highly recommended.

Can't make it in person? The MSO will also livestream the trio of gigs on each evening.

Mark Gambino

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