Following the inaugural success of Summer Symphony in 2021, the MSO returns to the City of Wyndham and City of Casey in January 2022 with a program of much-loved orchestral music, children’s workshops, and family-friendly entertainment.
At the musical heart of Summer Symphony is an initiative built on genuine collaboration with artists drawn from each of the local communities.
The MSO partnerships with local council and performing arts organisations are designed to offer outer urban audiences a relevant and engaging symphonic experience that combines traditional and contemporary voices.
MSO Artistic Advisor, Matthey Hoy said the program extends far beyond a one-off performance. “Summer Symphony is as much about engaging with local communities as it is about delivering a relaxed family-friendly concert,’ said Hoy.
“In the City of Wyndham, we have partnered with GRID Series, an artist development program led by Ayesha Mehta and Ariel Blum, which supports outer suburban emerging creatives across Australia. Four dynamic and diverse artists from Melbourne’s west - Ag Johnson, ELAURA, Nomad and HVSH – will share the stage with the MSO for a collaborative performance.”
At Bunjil Place, the MSO will further expand its cultural/creative partnership with Sangam - a platform for established and emerging diverse Victorian artists to create and showcase their art alongside globally renowned classical-contemporary artists from the Diaspora.
Co-artistic Directors, Dr. Priya Srinivasan and Hari Sivanesan, established Sangam as a corrective to the lack of opportunities for Victorian artists of colour.
Dr. Srinivasan praised the MSO initiative and the opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration.
“Sangam aims to increase South Asian representation and draws on deep cultural traditions to inform and lead dialogue in a symphonic setting,” Dr Srinivasan said.
“The opportunity to collaborate with the MSO, and to perform in our local communities offers a wonderful platform for our musicians and dancers and an inspiring and moving cultural experience for all audiences.”
MSO Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey will lead the Summer Symphony concerts, which feature excerpts and short works from much-loved music, including familiar tunes from Aaron Copland, Astor Piazzolla and Johann Strauss II, alongside contemporary classics.
In the morning, mini maestros can enjoy the MSO’s interactive musical workshop, the Sounds of the Symphony, which explores Tchaikovsky’s family favourite, The Nutcracker. Presented by Karen Kyriakou and musicians from the MSO, the workshop offers a hands-on music lesson designed for children up to five years (and their parents).
Maestro Northey said the Summer Symphony concerts and kids’ workshops are a wonderful way to start the new year and a chance for the MSO to perform for music lovers in the greater Melbourne areas.
‘’Whether you’re a lover of orchestras or brand new to classical music, these concerts will be a fun and engaging way to experience the magic of the MSO at these special events for all ages,’’ said Maestro Northey.