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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Bochner conductor


Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Paul Stanhope Dancing on Clouds
Michael Daugherty Strut

What could be more Melbourne than four seasons in one day? Vivaldi’s masterpiece for violin and orchestra musically depicts everything from a flower-strewn meadow to a violent thunderstorm, with plenty of orchestral fireworks along the way.

The evening is bookended by thrilling short works by contemporary composers. Dancing on Clouds by Australian composer Paul Stanhope is an imaginative flight of fancy into the heavens, where anything is possible. And Grammy Award-winning American composer Michael Daugherty’s Strut is an edge-of-your seat spin through the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, inspired by actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.

“Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is perfect music for someone unfamiliar with the classical music universe.”

- Max Richter

The best introduction to a night with the MSO; be welcomed into our Hamer Hall home and witness the power of a live orchestra in full surround sound.

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Learn more about this work

To learn more about Vivaldi's Four Seasons, take a deep dive with Nicholas Bochner and the MSO through a part concert, part guided-musical-journey on Thursday 6 May.

Discover Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 75% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. The MSO and Arts Centre Melbourne strongly recommends the wearing of masks where 1.5m distancing is difficult to achieve, however wearing a mask is no longer a requirement for entry.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show only
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage
The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.


Ears Wide Open is proudly presented by TarraWarra Estate.


Ears Wide Open program is supported by City of Melbourne.

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This event is supported by Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.

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Nicholas Bochner’s position as MSO Assistant Conductor for Learning & Engagement is supported by the Cybec Foundation.

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