In early 1930, another free orchestral concert series was held – this time at Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. The program included popular works by Mozart, Schubert, Grainger, Strauss and Borodin, with the last performance of the series held on 8 April. Journalists estimated that over 100,000 people had attended the six concerts.
Formerly known as the ‘Music for the People’ series, the Sidney Myer Free Concerts continued annually thanks to the support of Sidney Myer, even after his passing in 1934.
In 1959, after years of planning and construction, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was officially opened and was declared as a gift to the people of Victoria. It has since provided a permanent home for MSO’s Sidney Myer Free Concerts.