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Hidden Gems: Classical Brilliance - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Season 2022

Benjamin Bayl

Hidden Gems: Classical Brilliance - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Season 2022

The MSO is joined by conductor and early music specialist Benjamin Bayl for a sparkling program of classical and classically-minded works.

  • Rameau’s Zoroastre follows the story of a Persian priest who lived during sixth-century BCE. The opera was not initially a hit with audiences, but a rewritten version which premiered in 1756 was a great success. Critics praised Rameau’s elegant orchestration and richly detailed instrumental voicings.
  • Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante remains the only example of the genre composed over a prolific career. A sinfonia concertante shares characteristics with a concerto, but incorporates multiple soloists – here drawn from MSO musicians – into the orchestral texture. Haydn deftly contrasts the high and low sonorities of a violin, cello, oboe and bassoon in a characteristically bright and animated work. 
  • Louise Farrenc broke many barriers in her lifetime: she was the first woman professor of piano at the Paris Conservatoire, a role she held for thirty years. The concert overture was a popular genre in the nineteenth century, inspired by the drama and spectacle of Grand Opera in Paris.
  • Schubert’s Third Symphony was written when the composer was only eighteen and working full time as a teacher. The lively rhythms and spirited melodies reveal a clear debt to Mozart, Haydn and Rossini.

Program and artists subject to change.

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  • Conductor Benjamin Bayl


  • Louise Farrenc Overture No.2
  • Haydn Sinfonia Concertante
  • Rameau Zoroastre (excerpts)
  • Schubert Symphony No.3


Ticket prices

  • Full Price $94 - $48
  • Concession $89 - $43
  • Group Adult 10+ $79 - $40
  • Group 10+ Concession $75 - $36


Costa Hall - Deakin University Geelong Waterfront


90 minutes, including a 20 minute interval


Act 1 - 30 mins
Interval - 20 mins
Act 2 - 40 mins

Please note - there is no pre-concert talk for this program


The Costa Hall bar will open one hour prior to the performance and during interval