Pride & Joy

Pride & Joy

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Orchestra Victoria & Midsumma Festival


A celebration of queer composers across time and place.

Midsumma is Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural organisation, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences.

About the concert

The voices of LGBTQIA+ composers can be heard in music throughout history, yet this is often omitted from historical retellings, and so from our collective memories. Join the musicians of Orchestra Victoria as they celebrate queer luminaries of the past and contemporary voices lighting the way into the future.

This very special program features works by Deborah Cheetham AO, Aaron Copland, Caroline Shaw, Naima Fine Fine and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky in a celebration of queer composers across time and place.

Pre-Concert Talk

Please join Orchestra Victoria for a pre-concert talk in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from 6.30pm – 7.15pm.

COVID Safety

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Orchestra Victoria
Simon Bruckard conductor

Orchestra Victoria is a world-class opera and ballet orchestra. With a rich history performing with opera, dance and musical theatre companies, Orchestra Victoria is dynamic and versatile, with expertise in an incredible breadth of repertoire from contemporary to classical. The performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera, the company is committed to true collaboration, breathing life into performance on and off the stage and screen.


Deborah Cheetham

Aaron Copland
Quiet City

Caroline Shaw
Limestone and Felt

Naima Fine
Crystal Ruth Bell: We Keep Going

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Serenade for String Orchestra in C