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 tenor trombone and tuba! There are also currently vacancies for string players, particularly violas. Players of other instruments are welcome to go on our waiting list. Please see the  new players page for details.

The 2017 brochure is available here.

Bookings are available for all 2017 concerts using the TryBooking links below.
Online bookings for each concert close at 8pm on the night before.

Sunday 19th March 2017, 2:30pm

Divine Dvořák

Soloist: Charlotte Miles, Cello

Charlotte Miles - Cello

Charlotte Miles is 14 years old and a Year 11 student at Balwyn High School in their accelerated learning program. She studies cello with David Berlin, MSO Principal Cellist, and completed her AMEB Licentiate Diploma with distinction at the age of twelve. Charlotte has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York (2013) and Opéra Bastille in Paris (2015) after winning first prizes in international music competitions. She was the youngest cellist invited from around the world to perform in a 100 cello ensemble at the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, alongside leading cellists including Mischa Maisky, Liwei Qin, and Truls Mørk. Charlotte has benefited from masterclasses in Melbourne, Germany and New York. Recent local highlights include over 60 competition prizes, including winning the 2014 Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition; the AMEB’s Henri Touzeau Cello Award; the 2016 Preston Youth Concerto Competition; the Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award for Strings in 2016; and she was a finalist and winner of the Audience Prize in the 2016 3MBS Victorian Young Performer of the Year Award.

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Sibelius Tone Poem Finlandia Op. 26
Dvořák Cello Concerto in B min Op. 104
Haydn Symphony No. 103 in Eflat The Drumroll
George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar, Kalinda Rd, Ringwood

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

Bookings:  Try Booking (until 8pm Saturday 18th March)

Download flyer: March 19 2017 Flyer

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This program will also be performed at the Cowes Cultural Centre, 91 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island, on Saturday 25th March 2017 at 2:30pm (NOTE change of date). Tickets available at the door. Cowes Flyer

Sunday 18th June 2017, 2:30pm

Tragedy and Joy

Soloist: Kevin Chow, Piano

Perth-boKevin Chow - Pianorn Kevin Chow is 19 years old and currently a third-year student studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University if Melbourne. He has been a student of Glenn Riddle for 6 years. In 2010 Kevin was awarded his LMusA with Distinction and in 2013 he was winner of the Hephzibah Menuhin Award as well as the 3 MBS Young Performer of the Year. Other awards include the Nehama Patkin Memorial Award, 1st Prize in the Bernstein National Piano Competition, and the Ann and Chris Krans Scholarship. Kevin recently performed for HRH Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwell – other highlights include recitals in the USA, New Zealand, Indonesia and China. In 2013 Kevin made his concerto debut performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 3 in D minor with the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, a performance he later reprised with the Preston Symphony Orchestra. In Perth Kevin has also featured as piano soloist in three performances of Percy Grainger’s The Warriors with the Fremantle Orchestra.

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Beethoven Overture to Fidelio Op. 72
Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in Eflat Op. 82
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 23
George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar, Kalinda Rd, Ringwood

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

Bookings:  Try Booking (until 8pm Saturday 17th June)

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Sunday 10th September 2017, 2:30pm

A Touch of Spain

Soloist: Matt Withers, Guitar

Matt Withers - Guitar

Matt Withers is an ambassador for Australian music, a well-established pedagogue, performer and mentor for musicians globally. As a soloist and a member in leading Australian chamber music groups such as Guitar Trek, Matt has a long history of performing around the world at Festivals, Universities, Embassies and more. With commercial studio albums released on ABC Classics (Australia) and Soundset Recordings (USA), he thrives on reaching wider audiences, broadening their musical horizons.

His innovative activities include the creation of the Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition which gives an avenue of support for composers to have their music reach the ears and hearts of their audience.

Matt has performed across the globe including being featured as a Rising Star at the World Expo in Shanghai (China). He has given showcase performances across Australia, New Zealand and Europe with highlights at embassies, universities, festivals and more. He has been invited as an adjudicator for major competitions including the Melbourne International Guitar Festival (Australia) the Uppsala Guitar Festival (Sweden), the Riverina Conservatorium of Music (Wagga-Wagga) and the Australian National University School of Music (Canberra).

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Brahms Tragic Overture Op. 81
Fauré Pavane Op. 50
Liszt Les Préludes
Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Festival overture Op. 36
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra
George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar, Kalinda Rd, Ringwood

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

Bookings:  Try Booking (until 8pm Saturday 9th September)

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This concert will be repeated on Sunday 17th September at 2:30pm at Aveo Cherry Tree Retirement Village, Maroondah Highway, Croydon. This is a private concert not open to the public.