Is it just us, or has the MSO become slightly badass over the last year or two? It’s like somebody though: ‘Movies have music in them. We play music. Hang on a second...’
Seriously, just look at the program below. You’ve got Harry Potter, Star Wars, house legend Armand Van Helden, Evan-freaking-escence and Studio Ghibli, all accompanied by one of the best orchestras on the planet. Life is sweet, Melbourne. Life is sweet.
So here you go, XX MSO events you need to book in ASAP (especially Harry Potter, that one’s selling fast).
Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets
The MSO-accompanied Philosopher’s Stone has already sold out, but there are still tickets available for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, if you hurry. It’s playing on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 November. If your memory needs a jog, that’s the movie where Hagrid sends two minors into a haunted forest to talk to a giant spider which eventually tries to eat them. Ahh...Hogwarts.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
We’re calling it: Force Awakens was totally better than Rogue One (let the flame war begin). You’ve no doubt binged the hell out of this already on Netflix, but the MSO just announced they’ll be playing it in concert over three nights in December. Trust us, you’ve never heard those famous opening notes like this before. Tingles, people. Tingles.
You don’t have to be a classical buff to appreciate Handel’s Messiah. Ever since it debuted in Dublin in 1742 (a performance so packed that swords and hoop skirts had to be banned) it’s been one of the most iconic works in all of music. The MSO performs Messiah every year, and it’s always a stunner. This year’s conductor is Rinaldo Alessandrini, whose no-holds-barred approach should bring down the bloody ceiling. Don’t miss it.
It’s pretty much the most Christmassy thing you can do in Melbourne (apart from re-watching the Vicar Of Dibley Christmas Special for the 17th time). Each year the MSO throws a massive Christmas concert, chock full of festive tunes. Think The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve, plus a few rounds of the Hallelujah chorus for good measure.
Armand Van Helden: Symphonica
If you clubbed any time in the last couple of decades, you would have heard some Armand Van Helden beats. The New York electronic musician hasn’t been to Australia for seven years, and in January he’s coming to pump out some bangers with the MSO. No joke: Armand and conductor Benjamin Northey will be doing classical spins on anthems like ‘U Don’t Know Me’, ‘My My My’, ‘Bonkers (feat. Dizzee Rascal)’ and the legendary remix of Tori Amos’ ‘Professional Widow’.
The dark, piano rock music that haunted our early 00’s soul is back, and this time it’s got an orchestra. Yep, Evanescence have released a new album, and Amy Lee will be touring Australia in February next year. Her Melbourne gig will be accompanied by the MSO and performed at Rod Laver Arena. Expect power ballads and angry chords out the ying yang. Sing it with us: “howwwww can you seeee into my eyes, like open doors chh chh, chh chh.”
West Side Story
If only real gangs operated like the Jets and the Sharks. Vic Police would have a lot less to worry about. In July next year, the MSO is playing along to the 1961 classic, West Side Story—a flick that picked up a swag of Academy Awards, with music from Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It’s an all-singing, all-dancing night out. Better start practicing your clicking.
The details for this one are still firmly under wraps. All we know is that the MSO is planning a Studio Ghibli concert in April next year, possibly for one night only. (Fingers crossed for Spirited Away, eh?) Everything’s pretty hush hush, but you can sign up to receive updates from the MSO, so you’ll know the minute tickets go on sale.
Check it, guys: Brunswick's Cult Cinema is back for November.
Image credit: Harry Potter