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MSO concert audiences surpass 300,000

Source:MSO 2024.05.24

   The 2023 MSO Annual Report highlights a healthy year of growth with MSO performances in concert halls across Victoria, attracting an audience of 304,623. The resulting box office revenue of $17.6m represents the highest grossing box office year in MSO history.


  “Positive outcomes across the organisation are evidence of the hard work and dedication of our team where each person has played a role in navigating the complexities of the 2023 environment, ensuring that the MSO continues to thrive,” says MSO Chairman David Li AM.


  In 2023 the MSO engaged more than 500 employees, over 200 additional artists and 190 volunteers, remaining one of Australia’s largest employers in the performing arts.


  Delivering 177 live performances, the Orchestra also presented 194 education workshops, 18 schools’ performances, and 56 audience talks, conversations and learning events across the year, attracting 36,199 students, teachers and lifelong learners to the MSO. A further 4.03m people across 88 countries engaged with the MSO via radio and in the digital realm, with an additional 20m views in China.


  Diversity and artistic creativity continued as a mainstay of the 2023 season. The MSO welcomed 199 Australian artists, soloists and ensembles, and more than 20 international guests. It performed 168 Australian works and presented the world premiere of 17 MSO commissions.