Welcome

The Maroondah Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra founded in 1964 and based in Ringwood, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Conducted by Willem van der Vis, we present four programs of classical music each year at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, in Ringwood.

New players are welcome, particularly violins and low brass. There are also currently vacancies for other string players. Players of other instruments are welcome to go on our waiting list. Please see the  new players page for details.

Bookings are available for all concerts using the TryBooking links below. 
Online bookings for each concert close at 8pm on the night prior to the concert. Although tickets are also available at the door, booking online is simple, only costs 30c, allows you to select your seat and avoids the need to queue.

Sunday 18th March 2018

The Apotheosis of the Dance

Exuberant, celebratory and deep, Beethoven’s seventh symphony was termed “the apotheosis of the dance” by Wagner. Though full of rhythmic invention it is by no means lightweight. The famous slow movement, used to dramatic effect at the conclusion of the recent movie “The King’s Speech”, is only rivalled by the Eroica’s funeral march for Beethoven gravitas.

We are delighted to again be joined by talented young pianist Hannah Shin playing Mozart’s last piano concerto, No. 27, with it’s catchy dance-like final movement. In 2014, Hannah wowed our audience with her stunning interpretation of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto.

Soloist:  Hannah Shin, Piano

Hannah Shin is one of Australia’s leading younger generation pianists and has garnered prizes and accolades around the world. Her recent major prize in the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition was one of the most significant prizes awarded internationally to an Australian pianist – and that at just age 17!

She has made numerous appearances with orchestra, performing concertos ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, with renowned orchestras such as the Salzburg Chamber Soloists and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Ningbo Symphony Orchestra and the Poland International Quartet. She has also performed with various Melbourne orchestras, at venues including the Melbourne Recital Centre.

​Solo highlights include being the youngest pianist invited to participate in 3MBS’ Beethoven Marathon, performing before a capacity audience at Deakin Edge Auditorium. She has also been showcased at the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia, broadcast live on ABC FM. She was recently invited to perform as guest artist at the Herald Sun Aria, at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.

She has been featured on Kansas Public Radio, as well as China Central TV, and has given recitals in the USA, Germany, Denmark, Russia, China, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Hannah has had considerable success in competitions both in Australia and overseas, winning major prizes at international competitions in China, Thailand, Malaysia and America. Prizes in Australia include the Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize for Chopin, and the MSV’s Nehama Patkin Award.

Hannah Shin’s website

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Cimarosa Overture to The Secret Marriage
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb KV 595
Soloist: Hannah Shin
Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A Op. 92

George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School, 84-90 Kalinda Rd, Croydon

Adult $25, Concession $20, Children under 16 free

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This program will also be performed at the Cowes Cultural Centre, 91 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island, on Sunday 25th March 2018 at 2:30pm. Tickets available at the door.

Sunday 17th June 2018

Romantic Riches

Copland’s homage to everyman opens this concert with a blaze of brass.

German composer Max Bruch is perhaps best known for his violin concerto, but today we present his “other” big work for violin and orchestra. The technically demanding four-movement Scottish Fantasy is based on some well known Scottish folk tunes.

Like another famous 5th symphony, Tchaikovsky’s is all about fate. Featuring some of his most memorable themes, it has a gloriously romantic slow movement and a thrilling climax.

Soloist:  William Huxtable, Violin

2018 is William’s third year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and he is currently studying under Robin Wilson. In 2012 he was awarded his AMusA with distinction and received the A.J. Lekie awarded for most outstanding AMusA candidate in WA. In 2013 he was offered a place at the Performance Perspectives Concert for greatest achievement in the WACE practical music examinations. In 2014 he received the Delano Music Scholarship to study music at the University of Western Australia where he studied for two years. Whilst at UWA William participated in a masterclass with the Borodin String Quartet. Who would have thought, that years after he brought his violin into kindergarten for show-and-tell, he has now performed for concertmasters Noah-Bendix Balgley (Berlin Philharmonic) and Roman Simovic (LSO), international violin soloists Henning Kraggerud and Simone Lamsma, and performed chamber music with Berlin Philharmonic musicians Matthew McDonald and Stefan Dohr and world renowned piano soloist Imogen Cooper.

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Bruch Scottish Fantasy Op. 46 for Violin & Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 in E min Op. 64

George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School, 84-90 Kalinda Rd, Croydon

Adult $25, Concession $20, Children under 16 free

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Sunday 16th September 2018

From the New World

Perhaps the most popular of all symphonies, Dvořák’s New World Symphony was written during the composer’s stay in America. The dreamy slow-movement cor anglais solo as well as the last movement were apparently suggested by Longfellow’s poem Hiawatha.

Walton’s Crown Imperial march, a homage to Edward Elgar and famous through its use in coronations and royal weddings, celebrates the “old world”. To complete the program, Caleb Wong will perform Haydn’s contemplative but cheerful second cello concerto.

Soloist:  Caleb Wong, Cello

Caleb Wong grew up in a small town in rural NSW. He began studying the cello at the age of six under Takao Mitzushima and continued under Uzi Wiesel for seven years. He was awarded both the AMusA and LMusA in cello, and AMusA in piano, all with distinction by the age of 15 and was invited to perform a trio at the AMEB graduation with two of his sisters in 2014. 2018 is Caleb’s third at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) learning under Howard Penny.

In 2014, Caleb was granted the AYO Ernest Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship to participate at the Keshet Eilon Strings Mastercourse in Israel. That year, he was also a finalist for Sydney Eisteddfod’s NSW Drs Orchestra Instrumental Scholarship. Caleb was a Young Artist Festival Fellow at the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival. In 2016, he was a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition and performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra. He was also awarded tied first for an Outstanding Performance in a Solo Recital at ANAM. He has been involved with many Australian Youth Orchestra programs and toured with the AYO in Europe and China.  Caleb has participated in cello master classes with Alban Gerhardt and Kyril Zlotnikov, and as a pianist with Lang Lang. He has also broadcast on ABC FM, Fine Music 102.5, and ArtSound FM Canberra.

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Walton Coronation March Crown Imperial
Haydn Concerto No. 2 in D for cello & orchestra
Dvořák Symphony No 9 in E min Op. 95 From the New World

George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School, 84-90 Kalinda Rd, Croydon

Adult $25, Concession $20, Children under 16 free

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This program will also be performed in a private concert at Aveo Cherry Tree Grove, Croydon, on Sunday 9th September 2018 at 2:30pm. Tickets are not available for the general public.

Sunday 25th November 2018

An Afternoon at the Movies

Many of the best known movie themes are based on works from the classical repertoire. Sit back and enjoy an afternoon of works featured in, or composed for, the movies.

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

A detailed program listing will be available at a later date.

George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School, 84-90 Kalinda Rd, Croydon

Adult $25, Concession $20, Children under 16 free

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