Crumb's Lyre


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Sonya Lifschitz


Concert Postponed: Crumb’s Lyre

Due to the latest capacity restrictions for live music venues in metropolitan Melbourne, we regret to advise that Crumb’s Lyre has been rescheduled to Saturday 2 October.

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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a difficult but essential action for the health of the Victorian public. We are committed to supporting our staff and artists during these difficult circumstances and we thank you, our music-loving community for your support and understanding during this time.

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Event details

Renowned for the exceptional artistry in their own genres, pianist Sonya Lifschitz and vocalist Christine Johnston (Madame Lark) are one of Australia’s most dynamic powerhouse duos.

The worlds of classical music, performance art and comedy collide in a breathtaking performance, showcasing Sonya and Christine’s consummate musicianship, thrilling audacity and imagination.

About this concert

Christine Johnston as Madame Lark joins piano siren Sonya Lifschitz to unleash their dueling scores. Part cabaret, part recital, this delightfully surreal performance places legendary composer George Crumb’s zodiac-inspired fantasy pieces amidst the sounds of the Antipodes. As Sonya conjures up mythical, primordial sounds from inside the piano, Madame Lark takes to her musical saw, vocals and an overhead projector. Together they bring George Crumb’s masterwork for piano to life in an intriguingly whimsical and altogether unexpected way.

COVID Safety

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Sonya Lifschitz piano
Christine Johnston vocals/musical saw/overhead projector


George Crumb
Makrokosmos, Book 1