The popular mini festival aims to bring new audiences of all ages into the heart of the Orchestra.
Internationally acclaimed music educator, Paul Rissmann will direct the week alongside the MSO’s Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey and Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis.
MSO Education Week features events for students, families and people who want to learn how an orchestra works.MSO’s Managing Director, André Gremillet, said‘Providing a world-class program for all Melburnians is something that we are extremely committed to, and I am proud that Education Week is a flagship event in the MSO’s calendar,’ Gremillet said.
‘There is something for everyone this year, and the spectrum of concerts ranges from the interactiveMeet the OrchestraandClassic Kids programs which are designed for a younger audience, to theSecondarySymphony Project and Symphony in a Day, providing an opportunity for school and community musicians to perform side-by-side with their MSO counterpart,’ Gremillet continued.
Alongside these concerts will be an exciting new event, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, where the audience will gain an insight into the intricacies of an orchestral performance, presented by Rissmann.
‘Although many young people are fascinated by the orchestra, for some, the ritual of a classical performance can appear quite alien. I passionately believe that the orchestra should never be regarded as elitist or exclusive. Its diverse repertoire offers something for everyone, and I think it is a very special moment when new listeners suddenly engage with amazing musicians,’ Rissmann said.
Rissmann has also put together two interactive and captivating programs that have been designed to heighten the audiences’ curiosity and engage them with audience participation elements.
The MSO will be presenting two side-by-side initiatives during the week, an opportunity for community musicians to perform with their MSO counterpart,Symphony in a Day (for adult community musicians across Victoria), which will be conducted by Sir Andrew in his first Education Week appearance and the Secondary Symphony Project(for upper Secondary Students).
As part of MSO Education Week, more than 1,000 students and teachers from low socio-economic schools will attend concerts on sponsored excursion packages. In addition to this, the MSO is collaborating with Arts Centre Melbourne via their First Call Fund which has allowed 1,200 additional students and teachers to access the orchestra in a subsidised capacity.
Education Week will take place between 1-6 June.