Every year in February, something lovely happens on a grassy hill in Melbourne. We gather, under the stars, to listen to the acclaimed Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. For free.
The Myer Music Bowl is one of my favourite concert venues. It evokes childhood memories of picnic blankets, cold chicken, hushed crowds and falling asleep to floating classical music. At the front of the venue is an undercover seating area, but on a clear night you’ll be much more comfortable lying on the grass that slopes down towards the main stage. Alcohol is not permitted inside the Bowl, but you’re free to bring a picnic.
The MSO will perform four free concerts at the Bowl beginning on Wednesday 13 February and finishing on Saturday 23 February. It’s usually best to arrive a little early if you want to stake out of good patch of grass; these events are very popular and the hill will fill up fast. Before each of the two Saturday concerts, there will be pre-concert entertainment beginning at 5pm. All concerts begin at 7pm.
For information about the programme or the venue, visit the MSO website.
Date: 13, 16, 20 and 23 February 2013
Venue: Sidney Myer Music Bowl — King’s Domain, Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne
Tel: 9626 1111