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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra plays for all Victorians

This year the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has travelled to nine regional centres (Geelong, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Mildura, Warragul, Bendigo and Ballarat) giving a total of 20 performances and 26 workshops for over 11,000 people.

Highlights of the MSO’s regional engagement in 2018 include:

  • A welcome return to Mildura after 25 years saw the MSO perform to a capacity audience in June.
  • Some audience members drove up to 300km to attend a concert. One MSO fan who attended the Hamilton performance drove 250km to Warrnambool the following night to see the concert again.
  • MSO cellist Rohan de Korte gave a free ‘pop-up’ performance for MSO patrons at a restaurant in Shepparton following the cancellation of the concert due to storm damage to the venue.
  • Primary schools in Wangaratta, Shepparton, Hamilton, Warrnambool and Camperdown enjoyed pre-tour workshops introducing children to the instruments of the orchestra. Pre-tour master classes in secondary schools gave young instrumentalists a deep dive into musicality and Alexander Technique, and an MSO string quartet performed to a capacity yoga class in Hamilton.
  • The MSO performance in Warragul was the opening event for the newly refurbished West Gippsland Arts Centre on 1 November 2018.
  • Most audience comments referred to the value of seeing the MSO in their town:
    • Please come back more often! It’s hard for us to get to Melbourne.
    • Grateful for chance to hear MSO perform outside of Melbourne.
    • Always a wonderful experience. Wait all year for this! Thank you.
    • Thank you for coming this far.
  • In a letter to the Hamilton Spectator (‘Another Triumph for the MSO’, Saturday 27/10/2018), Peter Flinn of Dunkeld wrote ‘Hamilton has been fortunate to host the MSO on its regional tour of Victoria for many years…There is no doubt that the MSO can hold its own with the top orchestras of the world…It is often said that classical music concerts are favoured mostly by an older age cohort. However I was pleased to note a good number of young people attending the recent performance.’