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Brian Cox: A Symphonic Universe in Melbourne

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A captivating evening of music and science
Brian Cox OBE presenter

Journey through space and time with Professor Brian Cox and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this November. Three performances only - Tickets are now on sale.

One of the world's pre-eminent physicists, Professor Brian Cox will be covering the big questions of eternity, death, rebirth and existence alongside conductor Daniel Harding in a very special event which bridges the gap between music and science.

Using the science of cosmology and some of the greatest symphonic music ever written, the concert will feature music from the pre-scientific age, highlighting how great composers have, through the ages, attempted to understand and explain our place in the universe using music.

The centrepiece of the extraordinary evening will be the first movement from Gustav Mahler's Tenth Symphony, in which the composer wrestles with the idea of the finite nature of existence.

Violinist virtuoso Jack Liebeck will join the Orchestra to perform the world premiere of Paul Dean's violin concerto A Brief History of Time, which is dedicated to the late physicist Professor Stephen Hawking.

Throughout the evening, Professor Cox will discuss what was known about the world during the time when each of these composers created their music, and what is known now.


Post-concert conversation: Brian Cox and friends

Following the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening performances, join Professor Cox, Daniel Harding, Paul Dean, Jack Liebeck and host, mezzo-soprano and physicist Jacqui Dark for an exclusive In Conversation discussing music, science, and more.


Choose from three performances at Hamer Hall:

  • Friday 15 November 2019 at 7:30pm

  • Saturday 16 November 2019 at 7:30pm

  • Sunday 17 November 2019 at 4:00pm

    Secure your tickets now at Early bookings are advised.

    For more information on the event and ticketing options, please see

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    When: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 Sun, 17 Nov 2019
    Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
    Cost: $129 - $199
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