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Over three star-filled summer nights, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will continue its more than 90-year tradition of performing free concerts at the landmark Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

The 2022 summer program features the world premiere of an MSO commission from musician and composer Bianca Gannon, an evening of John Williams’ most memorable film scores, and a sublime collaboration between two of the country’s finest musicians, Archie Roach and Paul Grabowsky AO.

On Wednesday 9 February, internationally renowned conductor James Judd will join the MSO for A Symphonic Soiree. The program includes César Franck’s symphonic poem Le Chasseur Maudit ­– The Cursed Hunter, Caroline Almonte’s performance of Miriam Hyde’s romantic second piano concerto, English composer Delius’ stunning tone poem Summer Evening, and the beautiful suite of music from Ravel’s one act ballet Daphne et Chloe.

A Symphonic Soiree also features the world premiere of Irish pianist Bianca Gannon’s latest commission, Utter Stutter Flutter, which continues the MSO’s long-standing cultural exchange with Indonesia.

Bianca said she was thrilled to be able to work with the MSO. “It’s an honour for me to write and perform my work with one of the world's great orchestras, in a city I have considered home for seven years,” said Bianca.

"Having lived and studied in Indonesia, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with West Javanese musicians Mekar Pusaka, bringing visibility to the lesser-known and fascinating genre - Angklung Buncis.”

On Saturday 12 February an epic concert for the whole family will celebrate multi-award-winning film composer John Williams’ 90th birthday with Jessica Gethin conducting a selection of his greatest film scores from blockbusters including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and more. Winner of 25 Grammys, seven BAFTAs, five Oscars and four Golden Globes, Williams is considered one of the greatest composers in modern history.

Under the baton of Benjamin Northey, the final concert in the series brings together long-time collaborators Archie Roach and MSO Composer in Residence Paul Grabowsky, with guitarist Stephen Magnusson, Sam Anning on double bass and vocalist Sally Dastey.

In One Song: The Music of Archie Roach, Archie sings up a big idea: that we have mapped our journey as human beings across the oceans and lands of the world through song, that we have sung the world into existence, into meaning, and that the common thread of song links back to an origin, to the birth song of all things.

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The World Premiere of MSO Commission for Angklung Utter, Stutter Flutter written by Bianca Gannon is proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria

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The Sidney Myer Free Concerts are made possible by the MSO Sidney Myer Trust Fund, in association with ABC Classic, The University of Melbourne and Arts Centre Melbourne.

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