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, usually at the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, in Ringwood.

Celebrating 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, our 2020 program features three of Beethoven’s most popular works. See below for details and to book (available in early 2020).

Reserved seating is available online and by phone up until 8 pm on the night prior to the concert. Online bookings after this time are General Admission only. Tickets are also available at the door, but booking online is simple, allows you to select your seat and avoids the need to queue.

New players are welcome, particularly violins, violas and double basses. Players of other instruments are welcome to go on our waiting list. Please see the new players page for details. Orchestra members can find the 2020 rehearsal schedule here.

Sunday 15 March 2020, 2:30 pm

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Celebrate 250 years since Beethoven’s birth with a performance of his beloved violin concerto by stunning young soloist Willard Zhong.  After interval is Schubert’s tuneful 3rd Symphony, written in his spare time when he was still only 18 and a full-time schoolmaster.

Soloist:  Willard Zhong, Violin

Willard Zhong’s creed as a violinist is to connect with the people of today with raw and honest expression.

As a soloist he has performed the Sibelius, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Wieniawski 2nd violin concerti with various orchestras. Willard is also a lover of chamber music, having participated in the Mimir festival emerging artist’s programme in Texas and the Rippon Lea concert series, learning and collaborating with many incredible musicians. As an orchestral musician he has been the concertmaster of ANGO, the Australasia Orchestra, the Melbourne University String Ensemble, Philharmonic Ensemble, and the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra. He has also played in and been soloist in various international orchestra tours in Japan, Europe, America and China.

Willard hopes to continue to learn and share his music as honestly as he can. He is incredibly grateful to all the amazing mentors that surround him and all the fantastic music he has been lucky enough to enjoy!

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Rossini Overture Tancredi
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Op. 61
Schubert Symphony No. 3 in D

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

Adult $30, Concession $25, (plus $1 booking fee); Children under 16 free

Bookings: Available early 2020

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Sunday 14 June 2020, 2:30 pm

Enigmatic Passion

Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique symphony portrays the full range of human emotions from hope through happiness to despair. Written just before he died, the true meaning of this most dramatic of symphonies remains an enigma. Popular young cellist Charlotte Miles returns to perform Elgar’s poignant cello concerto, written shortly before the death of his beloved wife Alice and his last major work. The concert opens with the dramatic overture to Verdi’s early opera Nabucco..

Soloist:  Charlotte Miles, Cello

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Verdi Overture Nabucco
Elgar Cello Concerto in E min Op. 85
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 in B min Op. 74 Pathetique

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

Adult $30, Concession $25, (plus $1 booking fee); Children under 16 free

Bookings: Available early 2020

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Sunday 6 September 2020, 2:30 pm

A Cosmopolitan Journey

Join us for an eclectic program featuring composers from Russia, Germany, France and Austria. Our tribute to Beethoven continues with a performance by Julliard graduate Elyane Laussade of his third piano concerto, alternately brooding and exciting. Coppelia is Leo Dellibes’ best-loved ballet about a doll that comes to life and this suite features the best known music from the ballet. Evocative pictures of Russia from Mussorgsky and Borodin, and a stirring Viennese march by Strauss complete the concert.

Soloist:  Elyane Laussade, Piano

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Mussorgsky Prelude to Khovanshchina
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C min Op. 37
Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia
Delibes Coppelia Suite No. 1
Johann Strauss II Radetzky March

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

Adult $30, Concession $25, (plus $1 booking fee); Children under 16 free

Bookings: Available early 2020

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(This program will be repeated for a private concert on Sunday 13 September at Aveo Cherry Tree Grove Retirement Village, Maroondah Highway, Croydon.)

Sunday 15 November 2020, 2:30 pm

A Pastoral Afternoon

Beethoven’s famous depiction of the countryside in his Pastoral symphony concludes our tribute to his 250th birthday year. The pastoral theme continues with Mendelssohn’s famous nocturne from his incidental music to Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Italian composer Antonio Salieri was a teacher of many famous composers including Beethoven and Mozart and came to fame in Peter Schaffer’s play and film Amadeus. Although mainly a composer of opera, he also wrote this attractive concerto for flute and oboe, performed by Lauren Gorman and Brienne Gawler.

Soloists:  Lauren Gorman, Flute & Brienne Gawler, Oboe

Conductor : Willem van der Vis

Salieri Concerto for Flute and Oboe in C
Mendelssohn Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Op. 68  Pastoral

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

Adult $30, Concession $25, (plus $1 booking fee); Children under 16 free

Bookings: Available early 2020

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