Cancelled: Birds and the Bees

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Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Birds and the Bees on Tuesday 6 October has been cancelled.

Melbourne Recital Centre cares deeply about the health and safety of its audiences, artists and staff. We acknowledge that the suspension of normal operations in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff during this time and difficult circumstances. We thank our community for its support during this challenging time.

All ticket holders are entitled to a full refund via their original point of purchase. We are currently in the process of arranging refunds.

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Event details

Arcadia Winds is a trailblazer in Australian wind music.

It has brought its brand of energetic, joyful and spontaneous performance to concert stages around the world and revelled in musical partnerships with internationally acclaimed performers. A desire to celebrate and promote Australian music has led Arcadia Winds to commission, record and perform works by dozens of Australian composers.

Arcadia Winds’s magnificent musical menagerie! With all the weird and wonderful noises wind instruments are capable of, it’s no wonder that composers often turn to them in pieces about the animal world. In Music for Fleeting Birds, Pēteris Vasks draws sounds of haunting avian beauty from the wind quintet. Bruno Mantovani’s Bug asks the solo clarinettist to channel all the droning, chirping and whining they are capable of. Melody Eötvös’s House of the Beehives depicts the Italo Calvino story of the same name, in all its buzzy, melancholy and grisly glory. Also featured is the winner of the Arcadia Winds Composition Prize, a piece written on a similar zoological theme. A wind quintet interpretation of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s Blackbird beautifully rounds out our musical safari.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Arcadia Winds


Kiran Phatak flute
David Reichelt oboe
Lloyd Van’t Hoff clarinet
Rachel Shaw horn
Matthew Kneale bassoon


Pēteris Vasks
Music for Fleeting Birds

Melody Eötvös
House of the Beehives

Bruno Mantovani
Bug for solo clarinet

Winner of the 2020 Arcadia Winds Composition Prize
New work (world premiere)

Paul McCartney/John Lennon


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.