In 2019 the MSO celebrated two major milestones – 90 years of concerts and 60 years in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
“We are delighted and honoured to be recognised as a finalist in this year’s Melbourne Awards,” MSO's Managing Director Sophie Galaise said.
“The MSO’s Sidney Myer Free Concerts have entertained millions of
people since their inception and continue to be a defining part of the
MSO’s and Melbourne’s DNA.
“We are proud to have served our community through these concerts
for almost a century, and are humbled that they are loved and
appreciated by so many people.”
The MSO staged its first free outdoor public concerts in late 1929 and early 1930. It was reported at the time
that more than 100,000 people attended the series.
Today, the concerts are set in the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl and
attract capacity audiences with an incredible 30,000 people attending
The Sidney Myer Free Concerts have greatly contributed to
Melbourne’s profile as the cultural capital of Australia and as a
leading cultural destination throughout the world. They represent all
that is treasured about the MSO – its
accessibility, diversity and innovation – which sees the Orchestra as
relevant today as it was when it was established in 1906.
Now in its 17th year, the Melbourne Awards are the City of
Melbourne’s highest accolade, celebrating the inspirational Melburnians
who dedicate their time and energy to making this city a world leader.
Winners will be announced at a special event on The 2019 Melbourne Awards presented by the City of Melbourne.