International musicians and local favourites return to Melbourne Recital Centre for a jam-packed autumn season

Melbourne Recital Centre announces Season Two: Evolve

Announced today, Melbourne Recital Centre will present Season Two: Evolve from April to June of 2022. Featuring musicians from around the globe, whose performances at the Centre were postponed or cancelled over the last two years, this season is set to reinforce why Melbourne Recital Centre is where live music lives. This season aims to inspire audiences to take a leap of faith, experience music from outside their comfort zones and evolve their live music experiences with Melbourne Recital Centre.

Following the success of his sixth studio album Hijack! last year, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders will play Elisabeth Murdoch Hall on 27 April. The album follows a ‘series of disasters’ that befell the Jack Ladder (aka Tim Rogers) since his last album in 2018, and is his most ambitious project yet. Over an almost sixteen-year career, Tim has generated a cult following locally and overseas, with music characterised by his baritone voice and poignant observations on love and death. This orchestrated performance is not to be missed.

Originally scheduled to play Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to a sold-out crowd in March 2020, Mali-duo Amadou & Mariam will finally fill the hall with their celebrated Afro-blues sounds and will be the only chance for audiences to witness them in Australia outside their Bluesfest appearance in the much-anticipated performance on 14 April.

Mindy Meng Wang will perform a series of concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre throughout her time as one of the Centre’s Artist-in-Residence for 2022, the first of which is a collaboration with Paul Grabowsky on 27 May. An audience-favourite at the Centre, Mindy creates an unparalleled connection with her audiences through the way she commands the guzheng.

It’s been over two years since Julia Jacklin released Crushing, and the world is still crushing. The Blue Mountains-born, Melbourne-based musician’s record is full of introspection about relationships in crisis and the strength and fragility of her own body. Julia’s solo tour features songs from across her entire catalogue as well as fresh tracks. Feel the full weight of her talents as she distils her craft to its most profound, majestic, and empowering self. Julia performs in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall on 7 and 8 April.

One of Australia’s most loved chamber music ensembles Flinders Quartet, will return to Primrose Potter Salon with A Life’s Work on 30 May. Affinity Quartet represents the next generation of Australia’s chamber music stars, returning home following critical acclaim in Europe on 27 June. Don’t miss a performance of sonic cohesion and uniform musical mastery with Seraphim Trio and Chris Moore on 26 May.

Season Two: Evolve draws inspiration from the autumnal change in season, representing transformation. This season will serve as a celebration of the diverse breadth of talent, as the Centre continues to commit to presenting the best artists.

General tickets for Season Two: Evolve will be on sale from Tuesday 1 February, explore the full program via melbournerecital.com.au.