Season Preview: Your guide to the arts in 2024

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has announced its Sidney Myer Music Bowl concerts for 2024.

The MSO’s annual free concerts are a perennial summer favourite that began in 1929 when Sidney Myer first funded the MSO’s free public program. Since establishing its new home at the Bowl in 1959, the annual event has attracted more than 4 million music lovers of all ages.

2024 marks the 90th anniversary of Myer’s death. This season’s series is dedicated to his memory and the gift he entrusted to the MSO for the people of Melbourne.

The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne. Photo supplied

On 21 February, Puccini in the Park, will see the MSO conducted by Xu Zhong with Chinese soprano Hui He and Australian tenor Paul O’Neill performing songs from classic operas including Tosca, La bohème and Madama Butterfly in what is the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.

On Saturday 24 February, audiences will experience music from Australia’s next generation of musical talents and a curtain raiser by Melbourne Youth Orchestras. This program, with...