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Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank

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31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

July 2017

Lucinda Collins: Concert Grand

23 July 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

Two ecstatic Classical masterpieces by two of the greatest composers—quite simply a concert to leave you uplifted and elated. Beethoven burst onto Vienna’s orchestral scene in 1800 with his resplendent first symphony. Dramatic, witty, majestic, and joyous by turns, this is Beethoven at his high-energy, optimistic best. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23 is one of the best-loved of all works for piano and orchestra. To perform it, we have the remarkable Lucinda Collins, admired by MCO’s Artistic Director William Hennessy…

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AWO Chamber Tour – 8 of Australia’s finest musicians, 4 concerts only

27 July 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

The Australian World Orchestra's – Chamber 8 on Tour are a supergroup of Australia’s finest musicians who work and perform with some of the world’s greatest orchestras. These extraordinary musicians will come together for just four concerts in 2017 as they tour their exceptional musicianship around Australia. The AWO’s Chamber 8 on Tour will perform a captivating programme of the Beethoven Septet featuring Andrew Bain of the LA Philharmonic on horn, and the Dvořák String Quintet featuring Matthew McDonald of…

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September 2017

Genevieve Lacey: Towards Eternity

3 September 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

A project curated by Genevieve Lacey Towards Eternity is a musical meditation spanning a millennium: a soulful, joyful tracing of our most ineffable selves. It reveals secrets, yearnings, rapture and ecstasy. Deep listening invites a sense of timelessness. Music creates passageways both out of our earthly state, and into our most human longings. PRAISE FOR GENEVIEVE LACEY: “... Genevieve Lacey shows just how it is done – beautiful sound, clear pitch and a musical intelligence that is unswerving...” — The…

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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: Revolutionary Romance

22 September 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

Single Tickets: Adult $75/$95 | Concession $65 | Student $30 | Group 10+ $67.50 Subscription Tickets: 3 Concerts Premium $256.50 | 3 Concerts A Reserve Adult $202.50 | Concession $175.50 Romance and the Revolution – Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet and exquisite Sinfonia Concertante Our Revolutionary Romance concert will feature the beautiful rich sounds and textures of Classical period strings performing the most sublime works by Mozart and Spohr, along with the star of the basset clarinet Nicole van Bruggen. Spohr…

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October 2017

Australian Octet: Mendelssohn’s Octet

1 October 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

Full to the brim with infectious vitality, Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of the true life-affirming pinnacles of Western music. Practically inventing the genre of a work for eight strings, the work of the 16-year-old child genius has never been bettered. Join Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s flagship chamber ensemble for a performance of Mendelssohn’s octet, matched with Brahms’ tender Sextet No 1 and a new octet by contemporary classical British composer Douglas Weiland. Program: WEILAN - Winterreise for string octet MENDELSSOHN -…

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Glories of the French Baroque | Australian National Academy of Music

6 October 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

BRENDA RAE SINGS RAMEAU Suites and Arias from Tragédies en musique, Opéra-ballets and Comédies lyriques by Jean-Philippe Rameau Audiences from Vienna and Paris to New York and Glyndebourne have fallen in love with Brenda Rae, and now it is Australia's turn to see what all the excitement is about. The stunning young American coloratura has won accolades for her golden soprano, and now, in partnership with Melbourne Recital Centre and in association with Melbourne Festival, she joins the ANAM Orchestra…

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November 2017

Shane Chen: Letters from Tchaikovsky

19 November 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

In the lush, lingering melodies, a certain Russian pathos never seems far away. Long snowy nights, tender childhood memories, glimpses of lost love and unspoken passion... By turns virtuosic and intimate, passionate and lyrical, Tchaikovsky is the quintessential Romantic—conjuring powerful emotions with his heart on his sleeve. This program is a wonderful opportunity to hear the extraordinary talents of MCO’s string musicians at their best—with Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking showpiece for string orchestra, the Serenade for Strings, the charming Album for the…

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December 2017

Marwood’s Beethoven | ANAM

1 December 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

Loved by audiences and unanimously praised by the press, Marwood is a virtuoso whose musical integrity and commitment reach the same Olympian heights as his formidable technique. Having previously led the ANAM Orchestra in performances of four of the Beethoven symphonies, he now brings us to Beethoven’s great violin concerto. His encounter with one of the most loved works in the violin repertoire is sure to be the stuff of revelation, and one of the year’s musical highlights. PROGRAM: PROKOFIEV Symphony…

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Hoang’s Piano Concerto Concert with Zelman Symphony

2 December 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$29 – $69

Hoang will then climb the heights of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini - the mere mention of Paganini ensures fireworks and a brilliant performance.

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March 2018

MCO: Romance

4 March 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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MCO is joined by Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray for a concert showcasing the vivid emotional worlds of the Romantics, with the joy of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, Schumann's Piano Concerto, a moment from Verdi's La Traviata, and the tenderness of Dvořák’s Romance.

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ARCO | Pastoral Melodies: Idyllic & Tempestuous

22 March 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$30 – $95

Under the Artistic Direction of Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra brings to life the colours and contrasts of Classical music

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Melbourne Bach Choir: Brahms & Szymanowski

30 March 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$35 – $70

Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra continue their tradition of Good Friday concerts with this imaginative programme, featuring an outstanding cast of soloists. Following the success of OA’s recent production of King Roger by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, his rarely performed Stabat Mater is paired with the much loved German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The six short movements of Szymanowski’s expressive masterpiece invoke Polish folk elements and echoes of early counterpoint, in a highly personal setting. Brahms’ choice of text for…

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April 2018

MCO: Schubert Octet

22 April 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Schubert’s Octet is one of the most iconic works of chamber music. Written for the unusual combination of five strings, clarinet, bassoon and horn, this is chamber music conceived at the most ambitious scale. Performed with Benjamin Martin's Passepied and Beethoven’s fiery String Quartet No 11.

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A Bernstein Celebration

27 April 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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TICKETS: Full $75 Senior $60 Concession $48 Leonard Bernstein’s music, as with his conducting, as with his life, is extravagant and impassioned, emotive, and always joyfully life affirming. It swoops and soars, dips and dives, taking from here, there and everywhere, but always ends up by ‘being Bernstein’. The rowdy and raucous downtown Divertimento, full of bustling energy, cannot help but bring a smile to the weariest of dials, as does the wonderful Candide Suite which sees one glorious number…

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May 2018

French Arias

20 May 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Be transported to the lush sound world of nineteenth century France, with music by Chausson, Debussy and Fauré. Featuring star soprano Greta Bradman singing luminous songs by Debussy and Calvin Bowman

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ARCO | Classical Melodies: Timeless & Thrilling

21 May 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$30 – $95

Spotlighting the Classical wind and string instruments, this concert allows us to step back in time to experience the depth and breadth of tonal colour

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June 2018

MCO: Mozart & The Classical Age

24 June 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Three great Classical composers, Haydn, Kraus and Mozart, come together for this program. Piano virtuoso Anna Goldsworthy joins the orchestra for two gems rarely heard on the Melbourne stage: Mozart’s sixth concerto, written at age 20, and the exuberant D major concerto of Haydn.

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July 2018

Corpus Medicorum‎ | INNER SPACE

15 July 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: Adult $50; Student/Concession $40 A program of ethereal music from Inner and Outer Space! Corpus Medicorum starts the year with an exciting out of this world tour to Europe and now presents a reflective programme of beautiful music. Mahler’s exquisite Fourth Symphony is based on a dream and takes both the audience and orchestra to a fantastical inner world of imagination. To start the programme we present Weber’s masterful first Clarinet Concerto with Melbourne’s own Philip Arkinstall. Program WEBER…

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August 2018

MCO: Vivaldi’s Violins

12 August 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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From a humble orphanage in Venice, Antonio Vivaldi wrote some of the most celebrated, and fiendishly difficult, concertos of the Baroque era. Leading violinist Sophie Rowell joins members of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a concert dedicated to some of the most spectacular of these concertos.

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SIMONE YOUNG CONDUCTS BRAHMS

19 August 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia

" liquid but decisive gestures invite nuance and subtlety, while demanding energy and rhythmic precision… It is a joy to watch such a wonderful conductor so hard at work”. – The Australian Richard Strauss’ sorrow-laden Metamorphosen, a threnody for the Germany of 1944 that lay in ruins about him, teeters precariously on the edge of this world and another: following its final bars, we are inevitably left staring into an immense silence. The life-affirming answer is the elegiac lyricism of Brahms’ Third Symphony.…

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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra | Poetical Melodies

22 August 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$30 – $95

The sublime string section of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra takes centre stage in this program from the Romantic period

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September 2018

In Memoriam – Mozart Requiem

8 September 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$35 – $125

Mozart’s timeless Requiem is the centrepiece of this concert of works written on similar themes, beginning with Mozart’s expressive Passion aria for soprano, Kommet her, ihr frechen Sünder (1779). JS Bach’s cantata Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (whose opening later became the Crucifixus of his Mass in B minor) includes Bach’s first extended solo for oboe in the beautiful aria for alto, a duet for bass and tenor, and a mournful tenor aria. Remembrance is the specific focus of two heartfelt…

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MCO: España!

9 September 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Christoph Denoth is one of the world’s finest guitarists. In his Australian debut, Christoph joins MCO for a passionate celebration of life, love, music and dance through music of Spain, including Rodrigo’s treasured Concierto de Aranjuez and music of Albéniz, Malats & Granados.

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November 2018

Melbourne Intervarsity Choir: Bach Suites

25 November 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Full of jubilation and the sheer splendour of sound, Bach's suites are among his most uplifting music. This celebration of Bach includes the third and fourth suites, the much-loved double violin concerto, and a new concerto by national treasure RIchard Mills.

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April 2019

Melbourne Bach Choir & Orchestra present Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

19 April 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$35 – $125

The Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra conducted by Rick Prakhoff present the St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach, sung in German. Two adult choirs, a children’s choir, two orchestras and six outstanding Australian soloists will fill Melbourne Recital Centre with this extraordinary, dramatic telling of the Passion story, written to be performed on Good Friday. The choir’s 2016 performance of this work received a five minute ovation and a four-star review from The Age: Andrew Goodwin’s Evangelist was ‘one of those…

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May 2019

ANAM Presents: Beethoven and Bruckner

24 May 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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One of the finest Australian conductors of his generation returns to ANAM to direct two symphonic masterpieces. It is hard not to listen in awe at the vast emotional range of Beethoven’s music, as he takes us from sorrow to joy, all the while overcoming phenomenal personal odds. The Fourth is a symphony of breathtaking lyricism, greatly admired by Berlioz and Schumann, and a perfect companion to Bruckner’s sublime song of spiritual ecstasy, his own Symphony no. 4. This is…

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Australian String Quartet: Moore Beethoven Brahms

27 May 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Single tickets: Standard $92 | Concession $72 | Under 30 $30 A young man brimming with confidence and sure of a bright future: this is Beethoven at the time of creating his first string quartets. His opus 18 no 4 is quicksilver in its variety of moods and characters, thoroughly conveying both technical mastery and compelling artistic personality. Seventy years later, Brahms displayed a devotion to chamber music that went against the spirit of his times. But like an artist…

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June 2019

Bach B Minor Mass – ANAM

21 June 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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A comment under a YouTube video can speak more directly than an elegantly written program note. About Bach’s B minor Mass, one user has written: “Probably the best piece of music EVER written, and I’m not even exaggerating, I’m being serious.” Completed the year before Bach’s death, the Mass is one of the most inspiring pieces of music ever composed. As musicologist Alberto Basso has put it: “The Mass in B minor is the consecration of a whole life.” The…

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August 2019

Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival Gala Concert

5 August 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$14 – $28

Musical prodigies meet celebrated maestros at the MIPSF 2019 Gala Concert. The Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival (MIPSF) attracts musical talents from across the globe annually, with participants from the U.S., Korea, China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Australia. The week-long festival culminates in the much-anticipated Gala Concert – an event booked out within a week of ticket release in the past two years. To meet popular demand, the 2019 Gala Concert will be held at the Elisabeth…

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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: New Constellations

22 August 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: Premium $95 | A Reserve $75 | A Reserve Concession $65 | Student $30 Berlin-based violinist Jakob Lehmann leads an ensemble of specialist local and international chamber musicians through the expansive sounds and pioneering ideas of New Constellations. The Octet for Strings was written when Mendelssohn was just 16, and illustrates the transformation of performance techniques in the chamber music of the early-Romantic period. Brahms destroyed the nonet version of his Serenade, but based on archives and written accounts…

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September 2019

ANAM Presents: Petrushka

7 September 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes changed the history of ballet and the history of music too. Stravinsky composed all of his early landmark ballet scores for Diaghilev’s company, including Petrushka. It’s all energy, lyricism, playfulness and pathos, wrapped up in kaleidoscopic orchestral colours; it doesn’t take much imagination to see Petrushka and the Ballerina in their fairground tale of love and jealousy. Romantic pursuit lies at the heart of de Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos also: the miller’s attractive young wife is being…

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Australian String Quartet – Ives Westlake Debussy

20 September 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Single tickets: Standard $92 | Concession $72 | $30 under 30 The music of Charles Ives is made of pictures from a long-lost America, depicted with such vivid immediacy that they seem absolutely alive. Through the magic lantern of his musical imagery, this New England world appears like a nostalgic dream – white-painted churches in autumn forests filled with congregations joyously chanting hymns and spirituals. Not dissimilar to the inquisition that Ives undertakes, Claude Debussy’s quest to liberate sensuality led to…

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November 2019

Plexus Collective: Paracosm

13 November 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Tickets: $50 adults | $40 concession PLEXUS is joined by esteemed soloists Christian Smith, Deborah Cheetham and Liane Keegan, as well as guest instrumentalists, conductor Michael Dahlenburg and newly formed choral ensemble Vox Plexus, as it inhabits the possessed paracosm of John of Patmos in his instant of apocalyptic epiphany, with Stefan Cassomenos’ Requiem for the End of Time. Combining English texts from the Book of Revelation with the Latin Mass for the Dead, this twenty-first-century Requiem was glowingly received…

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ANAM Presents: Beethoven, Haydn & Schubert

15 November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Gábor Takács-Nagy is the complete musician; a founding member of the Takács Quartet, he has gone on to become an inspirational conductor and teacher of chamber music performance. In this sumptuous concert, he directs ANAM musicians in a banquet of music from one of the golden ages of music in Vienna. Mozart composed his miraculous Symphony no. 25 when he was just 17; Haydn’s jubilant Symphony no. 90 on the other hand, is a product of the composer’s rich maturity,…

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February 2020

Song Company | Cries Of Justice

18 February 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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$60

Ancient songs from the heart in the Book of Psalms sound out across the centuries against oppression and injustice 3000 years ago, 150 songs were gathered together to become the Hebrew Bible’s Tehillim, the Tanakh or Old Testament’s Book of Psalms. These Jewish Psalms have been a daily source of personal solace and the inspiration for composers from the Renaissance until today. We sing settings from Josquin des Prez and Robert Parsons to Benjamin Britten and beyond in this intimate…

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