Monique diMattina – Rhapsody in Blue & Other Tales


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Monique diMattina


An ode to New York wunderkind George Gershwin.

About the artists

Acclaimed Australian pianist, composer and singer-songwriter Monique diMattina has developed a playful yet sophisticated style respected at home and abroad. Sam Lemann’s influences of swinging jazz, country, blues and island sounds creep effortlessly and tastefully into both his ukulele and guitar playing.

About the concert

When New York wunderkind George Gershwin died age 38, he left a body of work that reimagined the boundaries of jazz and classical music. Monique’s performance in Primrose Potter Salon will showcase Monique’s versatile and virtuosic artistry, filtering 1920’s era pop songs through a 21st century lens with effortless creativity.

Their performance will present works by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and George Gershwin; sharing Gershwin gossip and culminating in the iconic Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano.

Praise for the artists

‘Monique diMattina has reached that hallowed ground where influences and inspirations coalesce to produce a unique voice.’ Rhythms Mag

COVID Safety

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Monique diMattina piano, vocals, ukelele
Sam Lemann guitar, ukelele


Fats Waller
Smashin Thirds

Jelly Roll Morton
Shreveport Stomp

Monique diMattina
On The Proposition of Marriage:
Man’s a Fool

George Gershwin
Blah Blah Blah
Someone to Watch Over Me
Our Love is Here to Stay

Fats Waller
The Alligator Crawl

Jelly Roll Morton
The Pearls

George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue


This production is part of the following series:

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.