Skip to main content








$5 transaction fee / order


Thursday 10 August 2023

7:30pm at Melbourne Town Hall

Friday 11 August 2023

7:30pm at Robert Blackwood Hall

Subscribe and save

Book this concert as part of a Create Your Own Series subscription and save up to 15% off single ticket prices!

2023 Create Your Own Series


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Umberto Clerici conductor
Calvin Bowman organ


Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Ravel Mother Goose Suite
Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 Organ

About this performance

Queensland Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor Umberto Clerici returns to lead the MSO in a program of orchestral favourites with an epic finale featuring the majestic grand organs of Melbourne Town Hall and Robert Blackwood Hall.

  • Debussy's famous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) is a symphonic poem that some consider to be a turning point in music history, as classical music entered the modern age.
  • Ravel’s Mother Goose is an idyllic evocation of childhood. Inspired by the fairy tale creators of the French Baroque, the suite achieves its powerful emotional effect through the simple radiance of its poetic vision.
  • Saint-Saëns’ thundering Organ Symphony is a stunning display of the visceral power of this colossal instrument. This symphony is probably best remembered in pop culture as the music to which Farmer Hoggett dances as he nurses his pig, Babe, back to health.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes including interval

Listen to Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony

Melbourne Town Hall Organ 1200X800

Free Organ Recital

Melbourne Town Hall
10 August at 6.30pm

Arrive early to enjoy a recital performed by Calvin Bowman on the mighty Grand Organ, free for ticket holders.

Stay tuned. Sign up.