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26 October 2019 at 11.30am
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra invites children aged 3-11 to bring their grown-ups to Hamer Hall for the inaugural Fairytale Ball!

Children are encouraged to dress up and dance during the 45-minute performance, and join in pre-concert activities in the specially-decorated Hamer Hall foyers, including face painting, a conducting workshop and an instrumental petting zoo, where you can discover your favourite orchestral instruments up close.

Charismatic conductor Jessica Gethin will lead the Orchestra and read from an enchanted storybook, with some pieces accompanied by ballet dancers performing on stage.

The Orchestra will perform a selection of the most well-known music for children, from the delicate Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy, to the booming Hall of the Mountain King, the charming farmyard of Peter and the Wolf and the mysterious Hedwig’s Theme from the Harry Potter® movies.

The MSO believes in the magical power of music and that all music lovers, the young and the young at heart, will be bewitched by this special event. Come and live happily ever after at the MSO’s Fairytale Ball!

Pre-concert activities

Join us from 9.30am for a conducting workshop, instrumental petting zoo and face painting!


Jessica Gethin conductor/presenter


Vaughan Williams The Wasps Overture
Prokofiev Theme from Peter and the Wolf
Grandage All that Glisters
Williams Hedwig’s Theme (from the Harry Potter® series)
Tchaikovsky Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
Grieg Hall of the Mountain King
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel: Witch’s Ride
Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Waltz
Stravinsky The Firebird finale

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