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Event rescheduled from 27 July


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Bochner conductor and presenter


Beethoven Symphony No.4 (excerpts)

Ears Wide Open is MSO’s talks and ideas program celebrating our music and artists through informative presentations, conversations, behind the scenes demonstrations and participatory workshops.

About this performance

Want to learn more about some of the greatest music ever written?

Host and MSO cellist Nicholas Bochner, with the MSO on stage, take a musical journey through well-known classical pieces and share the context, history and story behind these works. Through performance, conversation and interaction, the MSO will give you the best music lesson of your life.

For our second 'Discover' event of the year, we explore one of the most popular classical music composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. We’ll interrogate the musical, historical, and personal significance of Beethoven’s contribution to the Western canon, including excerpts of some of his most famous works, finishing with a deep dive into Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.

Questions on notice

  1. Submit your question for Nicholas Bochner below!

    Whether it is about the orchestra, the composer, the instruments, the musicians themselves, or when you’re meant to clap in a concert – submit your questions below and we'll try our best to cover them over the course of the evening.

COVIDSafe Information

The MSO and the venues in which we perform will operate under government health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event. Entry to this event will require ticket holders to comply with the relevant COVID-19 protocols as directed by the venue, which may include providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption. Up-to-date information will be included in the pre-concert email sent to attendees a few days prior to the performance.

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Ears Wide Open is proudly presented by TarraWarra Estate.

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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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