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Meet the Orchestra – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Today the 5/6’s had the privilege of travelling to the Arts Centre in Melbourne.

We went to Hamer Hall where, along with 2000 other students, we attended the ‘Meet the Orchestra’ concert organised by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  We all sat intrigued as we listened to the wonderful sounds of the orchestral instruments. We were entertained with music from Beethoven (7th Symphony), Rimsky-Korsakov (Flight of the Bumblebee) and Bizet (Les Toreadors from Carmen Suite No. 1) as well as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, the theme song from Dr. Who and of course the audience participation, body percussion song “Bamboozled”.  



Here are some of our comments regarding the presentation today.

‘Today the Year 5/6’s went to listen to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. We were entertained by the wonderful performance. The musicians performed beautifully and were well-synchronized. The audience also had the opportunity to participate in a Body Percussion song called “Bamboozled”. In this song hand and feet motions were involved as well as singing. Each member of the orchestra wore a different colored T-shirt to show which part of the orchestra they belonged: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Overall, the whole performance was fantastic! We highly recommend this presentation.’  by Tracey and Amy. 

‘The pe560-274-aHR0cDovL2NvbmNyZXRlcGxheWdyb3VuZC5jb20uYXUvX3NuYWNrcy93cC1jb250ZW50L3VwbG9hZHMvMjAxMy8wOS9taWNrZXkxLmpwZw==rformance was incredible. We really enjoyed the Bamboozled song because of the audience participation. We also enjoyed the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, because we were able to create amazing pictures in our minds and make up our own stories. We loved the luxurious seating and surroundings of Hamer Hall.’ by Caitlin and Fragrance.


‘Bamboozled’ really bamboozled me! A unique experience for kids! Inspiring. Dramatic. Fun. That is how I would describe this orchestra. Bamboozled, along with the other songs, are a must! by Edward

Our excursion today to the Arts Centre was incredible as the presentation improvebeethoven-crop1-300x307d our imaginations and appreciation of music. Our favourite parts were the Bamboozled song and also listening to each section of the orchestra separately.’ by Kenly and Elaine

We all loved the opportunity of participating in the Bamboozled song. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice song was magical. Some of the songs were very loud. We loved the Dr. Who theme song as well as the fastest song ‘Flight of the Bumblebee” which the MSO managed to complete in 1 minute and 25 seconds. They played between 100-200 notes in that time. Impressive! by Kris, Marcus, Andy


“Breathtaking and amazing! These are just some words to describe the AMAZING performance by the MSO. Overall it was just wonderful. We all loved the Dr Who performance as well as the Bamboozled song, as the audience was invited to participate. We loved the theremin, which made the great alien space ship sounds.” by Steven, Alexander and Anthony T.

” The Symphony Orchestra was spectacular and very loud. We had an excellent view of the stage.  The show was televised live on ABC Splash. That was so cool. We listened to songs by Beethoven, Dr. Who and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, as well as a song by Sergei, Montague and Capulet families from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.” by Daniel and Damian

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was great because it told a musical story. Bamoozled because we were involved. The horseback ride because it was fun. Beethoven’s 7th symphony because it was such a classic. The Romeo and Juliet piece because it began quietly then suddenly finished with a “Bang”. And of course the Dr Who theme song.”  by Jason, Anthony N., Khanh

“The orchestra was amazing and fabulous. Our favourite part was singing the Bamboozled song. We loved doing the body percussion part. We also liked the part when the orchestra played the Sorcerer’s Apprentice song because we had never heard it before. We loved Jeff playing on his instrument because it sounded like an alien was approaching.” by Kelly and Christine