Zelman Symphony's 2023 Season

Join us as we celebrate 90 years of the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra. Visit Vienna with violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa and his 1701 Stradivarius, journey through Mahler’s exploration of the afterlife with his Second Symphony, and enjoy some of Australia’s finest soloists.

Tickets for our Melbourne concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre, the Melbourne Town Hall and Methodist Ladies' College are now on sale. Tickets for the Daylesford performance of this program will go on sale early in 2023.

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Stradivarius in Vienna with Alexandre Da Costa

Saturday 25 March 2023, 7.30pm
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall - Melbourne Recital Centre

Sunday 26 March 2023, 2.00pm
Daylesford Town Hall

Canadian superstar violinist, Alexandre Da Costa and his 1701 Stradivarius join Zelman Symphony to celebrate the magic of Vienna


Rick Prakhoff – conductor

Alexandre Da Costa – violin and stehgeiger


Strauss, J Jnr – Die Fledermaus: Overture

Strauss, J Jnr – Emperor Waltz Op. 437 Kaiser-Waltz

Kreisler – Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta

Korngold – Straussiana Waltz 1953

Stafylakis – Valse Kinetic

Kreisler – Schön Rosmarin, Liebesleid & Liebesfreud Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen

Strauss, J Jnr – The Beautiful Blue Danube Op. 314 An der schönen blauen Donau

Strauss, J Jnr – Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Op. 214

Strauss, J Snr – Radetzky March Op. 228

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Horns a Plenty

Saturday 17 June 2023, 7.30pm
James Tatoulis Auditorium - MLC - Kew

7:10 pm pre-concert talk by Dr Jillian Graham, author of "Inner Song: A Biography of Margaret Sutherland".


Rick Prakhoff – conductor

Nicolas Fleury – horn

Rachel Shaw – horn


Beethoven – Fidelio Op. 72: Overture

Sutherland – Haunted Hills

Lyon – Opal: Double Concerto for Horns and Orchestra

Brahms – Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68

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Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

Sunday 10 September 2023, 2.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall

Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra - 90th Birthday Concert


Rick Prakhoff – conductor

Anna-Louise Cole – soprano

Belinda Paterson – mezzo-soprano

Melbourne Bach Choir


Mahler – Symphony No. 2 in C minor Resurrection

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Double Concertos

Saturday 25 November 2023, 7.30pm
James Tatoulis Auditorium - MLC - Kew

The lyricism of clarinet and viola culminate in the richness of Sibelius


Rick Prakhoff – conductor

David Griffiths – clarinet

Christopher Moore – viola


Sdraulig – WORLD PREMIERE - With These Wings for solo clarinet, solo viola and orchestra

Bruch – Concerto for Clarinet, Viola, and Orchestra Op. 88

Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 43