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. There are currently vacancies for string players, particularly violas and double basses. 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 can be made online using the TryBooking links below once available. Online bookings close at 8pm on the night prior to the concert.

Maroondah Symphony Orchestra has been fortunate in securing grants for 2017 from Arts Nunawading Inc. and Maroondah City Council. Our thanks goes to these organisations. The grants will enable the orchestra to purchase a new bass drum and to add to our music library.

Sunday 19th March 2017, 2:30pm

Divine Dvořák

Soloist: Charlotte Miles, Cello

Charlotte Miles - CelloCharlotte Miles is 14 years old and studies cello with David Berlin, Principal Cellist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She completed her AMEB Licentiate Diploma with distinction at the age of 12. Charlotte has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall in New York (2013) and Opéra Bastille in Paris (2015) after winning 1st prizes in international music competitions.
Charlotte has performed as a guest soloist with several community orchestras in Melbourne. She intends to pursue a career as a cellist when she finishes at Balwyn High School, where she is a Year 9 student in their accelerated learning program.

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 School, Kalinda Rd, Croydon

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

Bookings:  Will be available shortly via  Try Booking (until 8pm Saturday 18th March)

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This program will also be performed at the Cowes Cultural Centre, 91 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island, on Sunday 26th March 2017 at 2:30pm. Tickets will be available at the door.

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 School, Kalinda Rd, Croydon

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

Bookings:  Will be available shortly via  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.

His career has seen him perform with esteemed artists including William Barton, the Carl Pini Quartet and national orchestras whilst maintaining strong commitments in the leading Australian chamber music groups Guitar Trek alongside Timothy Kain, AM and The Brew Guitar Duo.

Matt has a strong history of performing, recording and commissioning Australian works from distinguished composers and his generational peers. With commercial studio albums released on ABC Classics (Australia) and Soundset Recordings (USA), he thrives on reaching wider audiences, broadening and expanding 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 presented lectures in Europe on his passion The Entrepreneurial Guitarist to blossoming artists, eager to also find their niche in the musical world.

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).

Withers is a mentor for young, emerging musicians as shown through his role as Patron for the Senior Ensemble of SAYGE – the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble. He regularly gives Skype lessons and presents masterclasses for tertiary students having mentored around Australia and internationally including New Zealand and Europe.

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 School, Kalinda Rd, Croydon

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

Bookings:  Will be available shortly via  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.