Gustav Mahler’s explosive Eighth Symphony is a cosmic swirl of orchestral power, sublime melody and the spiritual majesty of the human voice, and is widely considered the greatest he composed.

It will bring to a sensational close the MSO’s Mahler cycle under Sir Andrew Davis – a legacy event unmissable for orchestra fans.

Mahler's Symphony is an epic so gigantic it is rarely staged on the scale he intended, with eight soloists, massed choirs and the combined might of 130 players under a single conductor. Instead the masterwork is often downsized, leaving the complete wonder of the original unheard for years at a time.

In 2020, for one unforgettable night in Melbourne, that will change.

Key information:

Show date: October 24th 2020.

Tickets on sale: Available via Ticketek

Conditions of entry: Backpacks of any size or type are not permitted into the venue. Guests should read and understand our conditions of entry prior to booking tickets and attending the event.

ParkingParking at Melbourne Park is limited and should be pre-booked.

Public transport: Margaret Court Arena is accessible by tram, train and bus. The arena is walking distance from Richmond Station and Flinders Street Station.

About the performance:

The MSO and Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis presents Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand, for its first Australian performance in a decade.

This monumental symphony is a once-in-a-generation experience for concertgoers, bringing together one thousand performers to realise the colour and intensity of music once described as 'too beautiful to bear'.

The Orchestra nearly doubles in size with additional musicians from around the world, sharing the stage with a cast of international soloists, a 200-strong children’s choir and acclaimed choral singers from across Australia and beyond.

If you see only one classical concert in Australia in 2020, make it this.

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Mahler 8: Symphony of a Thousand

Saturday 24th October 2020