What's On this July, August & September

Melbourne Recital Centre Is Your Home for Great Music This July, August & September

Melbourne music-lovers of all kinds will find something for them at Melbourne Recital Centre over the coming months. The Centre’s 10th Anniversary program has already delivered hundreds of brilliant performances by a diversity of great musicians, and there’s much more to come.

In July, Joseph Tawadros Quartet (4 July) blends influences as diverse as Arabic classical music and jazz in a program elevated by Tawadros’s dazzling mastery of the oud. The Barber of Seville (12 July) is sung in English especially for kids and their families to enjoy in a marvellous production by Opera Australia. Melbourne Recital Centre’s Artist-in-Residence, world-renowned didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton, and his friends perform awe-inspiring contemporary improvisations and songs of country (18 July). And the Centre’s signature series Great Performers presents eminent pianist Stephen Kovacevich (17 July) in a program of J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Schubert.

Come winter, breakthrough contemporary artists cure Melburnians’ seasonal blues with their vibrancy and warmth. Wunderkind musician Jacob Collier, the 24-year-old dubbed ‘jazz’s new messiah’ (The Guardian, U.K.), performs with a band of multi-talented performers in a live-looping show featuring his latest works (30 & 31 August). The Bamboos (15 August) presents a soul show with a symphonic twist, playing favourites from its extensive back catalogue with a 10-piece string ensemble. Not to be missed is multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jordan Rakei with band (19 August) performing soul, jazz and hip-hop driven songs off the back of his third album.

In the classical sphere, rising opera star and soprano Nicole Car performs with her husband, baritone Étienne Dupuis, and pianist Jayson Gillham (7 August). While ‘the queen of toy piano’ (The New York Times) Margaret Leng Ten (23 August) performs everything from Satie to Philip Glass and The Beatles on toy piano, piano and sound objects, proving even miniature instruments can be mighty tools of expression.

Melbourne’s international Festival of Jewish Arts & Music (FOJAM) pays tribute to Lou Reed and his urgent call to ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ in a full-day takeover of the Centre (8 September). Headlined by Chris Cohen, Noga Erez, Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier, Gabriella Cohen and YID!, the full program of more than 140 artists make this diverse exploration of Jewish identity, life and culture an unmissable event. Elsewhere in September, Paul Lewis completes his astonishing three-year survey of the greatest works for piano (24 September). Piano trios by Ravel and Schubert and the Australian premiere of a new work by Salina Fisher are given an exquisite recital featuring Russian violinst Viktoria Mullova in her Melbourne Recital Centre debut (3 September). The Indigenous choir Marliya (13 September) brings Felix Reibl’s (The Cat Empire) hauntingly beautiful song cycle about Australia’s remote Pilbara region to life with their breathtaking voices. And Ludovico’s Band partners with outstanding choir Ensemble Gombert to perform Monteverdi’s Vespers (23 September).


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