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Concert Postponed

Due to the extension of the Victorian lockdown, Discover Beethoven will not proceed as scheduled. We are working to reschedule this event and will contact affected ticket holders with more information as soon as possible.

Cancelled and Rescheduled Concerts


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Bochner conductor and presenter


Beethoven Symphony No.4 (excerpts)

Ears Wide Open is MSO’s talks and ideas program celebrating our music and artists through informative presentations, conversations, behind the scenes demonstrations and participatory workshops.

About this performance

Want to learn more about some of the greatest music ever written?

Host and MSO cellist Nicholas Bochner, with the MSO on stage, take a musical journey through well-known classical pieces and share the context, history and story behind these works. Through performance, conversation and interaction, the MSO will give you the best music lesson of your life.

For our second 'Discover' event of the year, we explore one of the most popular classical music composers, Ludwig van Beethoven. We’ll interrogate the musical, historical, and personal significance of Beethoven’s contribution to the Western canon, including excerpts of some of his most famous works, finishing with a deep dive into Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.

Questions on notice

  1. Submit your question for Nicholas Bochner below!

    Whether it is about the orchestra, the composer, the instruments, the musicians themselves, or when you’re meant to clap in a concert – submit your questions below and we'll try our best to cover them over the course of the evening.

COVIDSafe information

Audience members are required to wear face masks at all times inside the Melbourne Recital Centre and are recommended outside the venue, where 1.5 physical distancing cannot be maintained. Children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask.

Melbourne Recital Centre indoor venues are operating at 75% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons.

Important venue information:
* QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
* Melbourne Recital Centre is a cashless venue
* Melbourne Recital Centre foyer bars are closed for now but Blondie Bar is operating under the Hospitality Guidelines
* No cloak room
* Box office representatives will be available to assist want any ticket enquiries

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Ears Wide Open is proudly presented by TarraWarra Estate.

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Ears Wide Open program is supported by City of Melbourne.

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This event is supported by Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.

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Nicholas Bochner’s position as MSO Assistant Conductor for Learning & Engagement is supported by the Cybec Foundation.

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