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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published December 6th 2014
Secret locations for free concerts
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You seek them here, you seek them there, you seek yon' orchestra everywhere.I love this idea! Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's (MSO) has special pop-up events where they go out amongst the people rather than expecting the people to come to them.

And they could simply pop up anywhere in the CBD and at any time and provide a free concert. In previous years they popped up at the Old Melbourne Gaol, on a bridge over the Yarra, in Flinders Street Station, in the Myer music hall and even played James Bond themes at ACMI in Fed Square.

The beautiful Myer Mural Hall that hardly anyone gets to see. Source Facebook MSO

The idea of "let's get out there and be with the people" came from the MSO's artistic team, Huw Humphreys, Anna Melville and Andrew Pogson. It also alerts people to coming concerts and shows just how much orchestras have changed from many people's thought of them as stuffy and over intellectual. Instead this is fund stuff.

I guess partly these events rely on the weather forecast so there is no advanced program as such. The secret musical events are promoted only on the dedicated Twitter feed and the final details are revealed at the last minute.

Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. Often you might just be walking past on the street and it happens right in front of you.

While there are indicators of when the concert will be happening, the exact location is not shared until 24 hours beforehand and the repertoire is hush hush until the tunes actually start.

Previous Secret Symphonies have included the tunes of Radiohead and Steve Reich's Different Trains.

What is fun about this is the growing excitement as you follow the twitter feeds. Here is a current example that should wet your appetite.

"The next #secretsymphony is not too far away. Before we spill the date, there's a game you have to play. Watch for clues to come your way."

Old Melbourne Gaol. Source MSO Facebook

The following Youtube clip is of a pop-up that happened a few days ago where passersby got a chance to hear the MSO Chorus performing Hallelujah on Southbank Bridge. The actual official concert is on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December 2014. You might be inspired to go after watching this clip.

And look at this one, earlier in November. It's positively, foot-stomping gorgeous.

Above you can see American trio Time for Three treating Melburnians with a pop up performance, playing Mumford & Sons' Little Lion Man, ahead of their concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

This is the twitter feed to follow:

So you can stay in the loop. This would make anybody's day.
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Your Comment
I've experienced one of these and it was fantastic. The surprised audience (in Southern Cross Station) just loved it. Go along if you can!
by Janice Heath (score: 2|387) 2120 days ago
Thx so much!
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