Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will expand to a 1000 piece unit for its biggest performance ever
03.10.2019

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will expand to a 1000 piece unit for its biggest performance ever

In what will be their biggest performance of all time, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is set to welcome 1000 performers to the stage for Mahler 8: Symphony of a Thousand. 

Comprising 130 orchestral players, a cast of international singers and a 200-piece choir, coming to a grand total of 1000 performers, MSO’s Mahler 8: Symphony of a Thousand is not only their most ambitious project to date, it also marks a major collaboration with some of the world’s most prestigious classical musicians and companies.

Due to the sheer scale of this concert, it is rarely performed as it was written. However, in what is set to be a monumental occasion, MSO will stage the epic masterpiece with 1000 performers to mirror the premiere of the 1910 original.

“Performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony tend to be rarities simply because of the huge forces required,” says MSO’s Sir Andrew Davis. “It will, of course, be the final chapter of the journey that the MSO and I have made through all of Mahler’s symphonies during my time as Chief Conductor. It is a huge cosmic vision and I am counting down the days until I can share this truly transformative experience.”

Join MSO for Mahler 8: Symphony of a Thousand on Saturday October 24, 2020 at Margaret Court Arena. Tickets are on sale now for MSO subscribers with general sale open on Wednesday October 9 at 10am. Tickets and more info here