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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1906, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has earned a reputation for excellence, versatility, and innovation. It is Australia’s oldest orchestra, currently performing live to more than 200,000 people annually, in concerts ranging from subscription series at its home, Hamer Hall at Arts Centre Melbourne, to annual free concerts at Melbourne’s largest outdoor venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Education and Community Engagement initiatives deliver innovative and engaging programmes to audiences of all ages. Sir Andrew Davis gave his inaugural concerts as Chief Conductor in April 2013, having made his debut with the Orchestra in 2009. Highlights of his tenure have included collaborations with artists such as Bryn Terfel, Emanuel Ax, Truls Mørk, and Renée Fleming, and the Orchestra’s European Tour in 2014, which included appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen. Also engaged in a complete cycle of Mahler’s symphonies, he will maintain his position till the end of 2019. The Orchestra works regularly with its Associate Conductor, Benjamin Northey, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, as well as eminent guest conductors such as Thomas Adès, John Adams, Tan Dun, Charles Dutoit, Jakub Hrůša, Mark Wigglesworth, Markus Stenz, and Simone Young, as well as non-classical musicians including Burt Bacharach, Nick Cave, Sting, Tim Minchin, Ben Folds, the DJ Jeff Mills, and Flight Facilities. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra reaches an even larger audience through its regular broadcasts on ABC Classic FM, and through commercial recordings. On Chandos the Orchestra has recently released recordings of Berlioz’s Harold en Italie with James Ehnes and Ives’s Symphonies Nos 1 and 2, all conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

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