Music Play – Inventi Ensemble: Fauns & Forests

Inventi Ensemble

Recommended for 4-10 years old


Step into an enchanted forest of creatures, trees, rivers and storms, of bugs, fairies, dances and fauns.

Inventi Ensemble are a leading force in Australian chamber music. Known for their impressive arrangements of large-scale orchestral works and their dedication to regularly commissioning and performing new works by living Australian composers, they have been heralded as an exciting voice in Australian music.

About the performance

Their performance in Primrose Potter Salon as part of Music Play 2023 invites audiences to step into an enchanted forest of creatures, trees, rivers and storms, of bugs, fairies, dances and fauns.

In this interactive kids’ show, audience members will meet the musical instruments, hear the tales of the enchanted forest and draw an artwork to match the musical storytelling. Featuring a new arrangement of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun alongside a world premiere of a new Australian work by Melody Eötvös.

Experience one of the most iconic orchestral works of all time. Feel the storms, thunder and lush forests of Beethoven and the picturesque imagery that Debussy conjures in this outstanding performance.

Free Foyer Fun at Music Play!

Be captivated by the magical world of musical flora at The Plants, pop on some headphones and dance along as DJ Guru Dudu leads a roaming Silent Disco through the foyer, and channel your inner maestro as you conduct a chamber ensemble of four musicians. You can also get your face painted with your favourite design and have your photo taken at our Music Play photo booth! Hosted by the brilliant Madame Lark and Bevil Long.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre.

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Ben Opie oboe
Melissa Doecke flute
Anna McMichael violin
Phoebe Masel violin
Lucas Levin viola
Alexandra Partridge cello


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.6 in F, Op.68 ‘Pastoral’

Claude Debussy
Prelude to ‘the Afternoon of a Faun’, L.86


This production is part of the following series: