For 80 years the MSO has marked the festive season with a performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah, and in 2020 the tradition continues. Featuring soprano Greta Bradman and tenor Samuel Sakkar, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Benjamin Northey are joined digitally by the Melbourne Symphony Chorus. To commemorate this 80 year tradition, the MSO are joined by a community choir of hundreds to sing the grand finale of the work, the Hallelujah Chorus. PROGRAM HANDEL Messiah ARTISTS Benjamin Northey, conductor Greta Bradman, soprano Samuel Sakker, tenor Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Melbourne Symphony Chorus
In MSO Concerts
Sir Andrew’s Messiah
Experience a beloved Christmas tradition from fresh perspectives with Sir Andrew Davis’ orchestration of Handel’s Messiah.
Exoticism, spirituality, tradition; richness and lyricism connect the three in this passionate performance.
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring and Perséphone
Revel in a unique Stravinsky double bill featuring his two paeans to spring, the wild and revolutionary Rite of Spring alongside the little-known masterpiece Perséphone.
Eumeralla: a war requiem for peace
A journey of reconciliation in the world premiere of Deborah Cheetham AO’s powerful war requiem for peace.
Pictures at an Exhibition
Celebrate the launch of MSO.LIVE with our first digital concert, featuring Julian Yu’s technicolour orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition alongside the music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Australian composer Katy Abbott.
Benjamin Northey leads a performance of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, performed in Iwaki Auditorium.