Celebrate the music of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra when musicians return to the online stage for the MSO Music Marathon, a half-day event of fine music on the Queen’s Birthday holiday, Monday 8 June.

This special event will feature a program filled with livestreamed chamber music and a collection of recent MSO concerts.

Headlining the MSO Music Marathon will be the recent world premiere collaboration of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with Circa Contemporary Circus, performed in February 2020. Other performances include Beethoven’s 6th (arranged for virtual orchestra) and 7th symphonies as well as his Septet, Vaughan Williams’  The Lark Ascending (arranged for string sextet, featuring concertmaster Dale Barltrop), Peter  Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.18, Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons featuring MSO violinist Anne-Marie Johnson, and Danish String Quartet’s Last Leaf.

Deborah Cheetham’s musical acknowledgement of country, Long Time Living Here  will open the Marathon, with the composer’s Dutala, star-filled sky also included in the program. The half-day marathon event will be interspersed with conversations with MSO musicians.

MSO Managing Director, Sophie Galaise said this online event is to bring people together, from their homes, to celebrate music and each other.

The MSO Music Marathon will be held on Monday 8 June from 2-8.30pm on the MSO’s YouTube channel. Visit mso.com.au/marathon for more detailed program.