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Melbourne Octet | In Concert

12 May 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST

This concert is live streamed on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall
Live studio audience tickets are also available

Melbourne Octet presents a programme of close harmony jazz arrangements.

Much of the repertoire in this programme was written in a period of history that saw recovery from a war and a devastating pandemic followed by several dictators across the world coming into power, mass unemployment, discrimination against and persecution of various groups, and unrest in international relations. Nearly a century later, the world has had a disturbingly similar set of circumstances. The lighthearted, slightly naughty, uplifting songs of this period were written as an escapist remedy for the times.

Sumptuous harmonies, witty lyrics and cheerful melodies are an excellent distraction when ‘all the world is a hopeless jumble’. Somewhere – perhaps in an alternative reality preferable to the one we are all living through – things are just fine.


Let’s misbehave

Over the rainbow

It don’t mean a thing

Blue moon

Dream a little dream of me

Night and Day

Loch Lomond

The teddy bear’s picnic

My love is like a red red rose.

Tea for two

Begin the beguine

Just the way you look tonight

Beyond the Sea

Dayton Ohio

Le Baylère



12 May 2021
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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