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Pre-Concert Talks for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)

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Published September 13th 2013
Get the most out of your MSO concert
As part of my personal mission to learn more about classical music (see my previous article entitled Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) at Hamer Hall), last weekend I saw my second MSO concert in Hamer Hall.

Hamer Hall
The approach to Hamer Hall along Swanston St, over the Princes Bridge

I have discovered that there is a lot of support for people wanting to learn about the beauty of classical music, and once you've bought your ticket there are a couple of extra things that you can avail yourself of to help enhance your experience of the music and the performers;-

1. The free magazine called "MSO in Concert" showcases all the concerts over a two month period, with articles talking about the music and the artists and composers. It is very information-dense and quite a bit of it went right over my head, but even so I enjoyed it. It's a bit like reading the newspaper: read what you find interesting and skip the rest.

MSO in concert
The free "MSO in concert

If you're really keen and have the time you can also go to:

2. The Pre-Concert talk. The one that I went to was about Verdi's Requiem and was given by Graham Abbott (host of the KEYS TO MUSIC program on ABC Classic FM radio) whose enthusiasm was infectious. He talked about what to look out for while the concert was in progress, and what made this music, and in particular the concert that was to follow, unique.

ticket MSO
The pre-concert ticket was attached to the side of the actual concert ticket although we did not have to show it to anyone to listen to the talk

And what's more they're all free. The biggest challenge with the pre-concert talk is to remember to turn up at the venue half an hour before the ticketed performance.
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Why? Helps to get the most out of your MSO concert
When: see the whats-on page of their website for more up-to-date detail
Phone: 9626 1111
Where: The Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3004
Cost: The Pre-concert talks are free as part of the purchase of your ticket to the concert
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