Cancelled: Music to Spy to



Concert Cancellation Notification

We regret to advise Music to Spy to on Thursday 15 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.

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Event details

Vardos has toured extensively for over two decades, achieving glowing reviews for its electrifying live performances.

Led by violinist Alana Hunt, the ‘live wire in chief’, and learning their craft from folk and Roma musicians in Eastern Europe, Vardos combines accordion, double bass and violin in performances of stirring compositions that draw on gypsy form and melodies.

Experience the ensemble delve into the intriguing true story of violinist turned spy catcher. Ion Petre Stoican was an ambitious violinist in 1970s Romania during the Ceausescu dictatorship. Snubbed by the musical elite of Bucharest, he managed to get to the top by catching a western spy. Instead of a cash reward from the government, Ion asked to record an album with leading musicians. Vardos presents this thrilling musical story, exploring echoes of the Ceausescu regime that can be felt at every turn.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Vardos


Alana Hunt violin
Sofia Chapman accordion/vocals
Kirri Büchler double bass


Traditional Romanian
People of Romania
Viata Lãutarului (Musician’s life)
Sounds from Sector 6
Greengrocer’s Hora
Ballad of Ceausescu
Hora lui Sile
The Securitate
Inside the Cabinet de Folclor
The interrogation
The Chase
Propaganda Goose
Hora Politia


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.