Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Lonely Planet review
Averaging 130 performances a year, the MSO has a loyal following. Its reach is broad: while not afraid to be populist (they’ve done sell-out performances with Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka and the Whitlams), it can also do edgy – such as performing with Kiss. The Metropolis series premieres new Australian composition and challenging works from international contemporary composers. The well-regarded Melbourne Chorale has joined forces with the orchestra and is now known as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus. The MSO performs regularly at venues around the city including the Melbourne Town Hall, the Malthouse and St Patrick’s Cathedral. It also runs a summer series of free concerts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.