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Melbourne Recital Centre Champions Meditative Listening with New Festival, Recentre

Melbourne Recital Centre today announces the program for its new winter festival, Recentre, a collection of meditative experiences designed to revive your senses and enliven your body and soul.

Inspired by the instinct to retreat to our homes and regenerate over the cooler months, Recentre transforms Melbourne Recital Centre into a musical haven filled with reflective concerts, intimate performances and immersive sound installations over three days in June.

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Programming, Marshall McGuire says:

‘This new festival in our 10th Anniversary year is an opportunity for us all to look more deeply into the experience of music in our magical spaces, wrapping ourselves in intimate surroundings, the quiet, the thoughtful and the sublime. There are opportunities to have a one-on-one personal concert, to delight in the sounds of the harp, and to welcome some of the world’s leading artists to the Centre to warmly embrace us all with their music.’

Throughout the weekend, festival-goers at Recentre can wander freely between immersive experiences held from morning to afternoon. A day might start with a horizon-widening Sound Bath, lead into a Toning & Chanting session next and flow into a quiet and sublime concert of J.S. Bach’s immortal Cello Suites performed by Zoe Knighton (29 June).

Music and mindfulness experiences during the day evolve into concerts of pure listening pleasure at night. Opening the festival on Friday evening will be Germany’s Hauschka (28 June), a prolific pianist and Oscar-nominated film composer whose music expresses the immortal bond that exists between music and nature. His evocative and reflective music presents an ideal vessel to explore our inner and outer worlds more deeply.

Fellow festival headliners are harpist Mary Lattimore and electronic artist Julianna Barwick (29 June), two U.S.-based luminaries who, in addition to their own performances, come together for a never-before-seen collaboration. Over the past decade, each artist has created her own inimitable universe of light with Julianna Barwick building evocative choral symphonies, layering her own voice on top of itself to stunning effect, and Mary Lattimore conjuring expressive beauty with her 47-string concert harp and synth effects.

Lattimore and Barwick’s performance forms part of a radiant double-bill with ambient chamber music composer Roger Eno (29 June). A natural multi-instrumentalist, Roger is fascinated by sound, stories and landscapes. His abundant curiosity flows through enveloping and otherworldly sound worlds that have resonated in both films and concert halls.

Escape the everyday this winter and explore a whole new way of listening at Recentre.


Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June
Day passes available from Monday 1 April with single tickets for both evening concerts on sale from 9am Monday 18 March.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
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