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Comprehensive list of concerts and recitals in Melbourne

Below is a comprehensive listing of classical music concerts and performances in Melbourne. We believe this to be the most comprehensive listing of such performances in Melbourne available either on the web or in print.

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What's on in Melbourne

Free Organ Recital

Get away from the city bustle and enjoy a free organ recital in historic St Michael's Church.

1pm to 1.30pm, every Thursday

St Michael's Church, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne -

Free Enquiries: (03) 9654 5120
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Dream Tracks

Saul Lewis - horn player

Members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform a program of 20th century chamber music. Matthew Tomkins (violin), Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), Andrew Macleod (flute), Michael Pisani (oboe), Brock Imison (bassoon), Saul Lewis (horn) and Kristian Chong (piano).

Nielsen's Wind Quintet was composed for five of his musician friends and each instrument gets to display its individuality throughout this wonderful work. White Hat suggests that this is a great opportunity to hear some of the wind players from the MSO in more detail than usual.

11am Sunday 16th March 2014

Iwaki Auditorium -

$41 - $45 Book tickets
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Ears Wide Open 1 - Sibelius Symphony No.2

Richard Gill - conductor

Members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Richard Gill present Ears Wide Open - an interactive 80-minute journey into music, live on stage in the wonderful acoustics of Melbourne Recital Centre. Richard Gill helps listeners understand the great music being performed by taking it apart and showing the audience how it ticks. The work under examination in this presentation is:

6.30pm, Monday 17th March 2014

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre -

$17 - $20 Book tickets
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Beethoven's Fifth

Diego Matheuz - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Diego Matheuz (conductor) and Ray Chen (violin) perform:

White Hat urges the good people of Geelong and surrounds to do yourself a favour and get out to hear a young Australian soloist who is making a big mark internationally. Ray Chen was born in Taiwan but moved to Australia with his parents when he was several months old. In 2009, he won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium and has been in demand internationally ever since. As well as a chance to experience a young virtuoso at the start of his international career (we have no idea why the MSO chose a photo of a female violinist for this concert) you also get to hear the might Beethoven Fifth Symphony.

8pm, Friday 21st March 2014

Costa Hall, Geelong -

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Beethoven's Fifth

Diego Matheuz - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Diego Matheuz (conductor) and Ray Chen (violin) perform:

White Hat can strongly recommend this concert as an opportunity to hear a young Australian soloist who is making a big mark internationally. Ray Chen was born in Taiwan but moved to Australia with his parents when he was several months old. In 2009, he won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Belgium and has been in demand internationally ever since. As well as a chance to experience a young virtuoso at the start of his international career you also get to hear the might Beethoven Fifth Symphony.

8pm, Saturday 22nnd March 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody

Diego Matheuz - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Diego Matheuz (conductor) and Joyce Yang (piano) perform:

This official opening concert for the MSO 2014 season features some of the great standards of the classical repetoire. White Hat suggests that those who don't know why they are great standards would do well to come along and find out and those listeners who have been there and done that could do well to remind themselves of why they became classic classics. Better still, head along to the Ears Wide Open session on 17th March first where Richard Gill will remind you.

8pm 27th, 28th & 29th March 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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Tarrawarra Festival

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A blend of fine art, live music and rolling hills, this weekend-long music festival in the Yarra Valley features intimate concerts led by Richard Tognetti  and members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for just 200 guests.

The Festival includes three concerts in the stunning TarraWarra Museum of Art, a masterclass, a gala dinner and guided tours of the current art exhibition.

Sat 5 Apr, 12.30pm

  • Bach Partita No.2, BWV1004: Chaconne
  • Mozart Divertimento in B-flat
  • Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
  • Bach Cello Suite No.1, BWV1007

Sat 5 Apr, 6pm

  • Boccherini Cello Quintet, Op.45, No.1
  • Dowland Lachrimae Antiquae
  • Wagner (arr. Gürtler) Prelude to Tristan und Isolde
  • Bach Musical Offering: Ricercar á 6, BWV1079
  • Prokofiev Visions Fugitives
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3

Masterclass – Sun 6 Apr, 11am Featuring an ACO and ANAM Quartet, led by Principal Cello, Timo-Veikko Valve

Sun 6 Apr, 2pm

Ticket prices and online booking information is available on the ACO website.

5th & 6th April 2014

TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Healesville -

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Tapiola

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Olli Mustonen (conductor), Kristian Winther (violin) and Juha Kotalainen (baritone) perform:

  • Sibelius Tapiola
  • Rautavaara Violin Concerto
  • Mustonen Symphony No.1
  • New commissioned work

White Hat suggests you are unlikely to come across a more authentically Finnish program in Melbourne for a long time. It features a Finnish coomposer conducting an all Finnish concert.

8pm Saturday 5th April 2014

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre -

$44 - $54 Book tickets
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Frescoes of Dionysius

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Olli Mustonen (conductor), Kristian Winther (violin) and Marko Ylonen (cello) perform:

  • Shchedrin Frescoes of Dionysius
  • Mustonen Sonata for Violin and Orchestra World Premiere
  • Shchedrin Sotto voce concerto for cello and orchestra
  • New commissioned work

White Hat suggests that this concert is quite special since a world premiere conducted by the internationally respected composer himself doesn't come along all that often in Melbourne. In addition there are two works by the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin who many listeners will know from the percussion adaption he made of Carmen for his ballerina wife Maya Plisetskaya.

8pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre -

$44 - $54 Book tickets
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Concert Champetre

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Olli Mustonen (conductor) and Marko Ylonen (cello) perform:

  • Kaila Cello Concerto
  • Shchedrin Music for two oboes, two horns, celesta and strings
  • Kokkonen Durch einen Spiegel
  • Mustonen Concerto champętre
8pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre -

$44 - $54 Book tickets
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Wigglesworth Conducts Rachmaninov

Mark Wigglesworth - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Mark Wigglesworth (conductor) and Saleem Abboud Ashkar piano perform:

White Hat feels the combination of contrasting items in this concert has the potential to combine into a satisfying whole. Mendelssohn's sparkling and transparent first piano concerto is contrasted with Rachmaninov's big and lush second symphony. However the concert commences with Schnelzer's work which is inspired by the gothic films of American producer Tim Burtion. You can hear a discussion about its inspiration as well as the work itself below.

8pm 1st & 2nd May 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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Tognetti, Brahms and the MSO

Richard Tognetti violinist, conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Richard Tognetti (violin/director) perform:

Richard Tognetti (one of White Hat's 100 Important Living Australians), well known to Australian audiences as the superbly talented and innovative director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, makes a rare appearance at the helm of the MSO.

8pm 9th May, 2pm 10th May, 6.30pm 12 May 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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Ears Wide Open 2 - Beethoven Symphony No.4

Richard Gill - conductor

Members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Richard Gill present Ears Wide Open - an interactive 80-minute journey into music, live on stage in the wonderful acoustics of Melbourne Recital Centre. Richard Gill helps listeners understand the great music being performed by taking it apart and showing the audience how it ticks. The work under examination in this presentation is:

6.30pm, Monday 19th May 2014

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre -

$17 - $20 Book tickets
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Musical Tales From Childhood

child with doll

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Nicholas Carter (conductor) and wWoodwind soloists of the MSO perform:

  • Ravel Mother Goose: Suite
  • Strauss Duo-Concertino
  • L. Mozart Toy Symphony
  • Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel: Suite

Ravel's Mother Goose: Suite depicts scenes from well known children's stories such as Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty while Leopold Mozart's (Wolfgang's dad) toy symphony  Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony features real toys.

7.30pm, Friday 23rd May 2014

Melbourne Town Hall -

$20 - $99 Book tickets
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Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

Ji Won Kim - violinist

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents Kathryn Taylor, Ji Won Kim (violin); David Berlin, Miranda Brockman (cello) and Kenji Fujimura, Hoang Pham (piano) performing:

White Hat suggests that lovers of chamber music will find this concert particularly attractive as both works feature in White Hat's Top 100 Chamber Works. Tchaikovsky's trio is subtitled 'In memory of a great artist' - a dedication to his friend and musical colleague Nikolai Rubinstein.

11am Sunday 25th May 2014

Iwaki Auditorium -

$41 - $45 Book tickets
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Piers Lane plays Beethoven

Beethoven

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Olari Elts (conductor) and Piers Lane (piano) perform:

Popular Australian pianist Piers Lane plays the Beethoven 3rd piano concerto and the concert concludes with Beethoven's 4th Symphony. White Hat suggests that listeners wanting to get the most from this concert should consider also attendinf the 'Ears Wide Open' session on 19th May.

8pm 5th, 6th & 7th June 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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Woodend Winter Arts Festival

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival showcases music, literature and the visual arts in intimate historical venues over three pleasurable days.

7th to 9th June 2014 (tbc)

Woodend -

Enquiries: (03) 9842 9740
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Teddy Tahu Rhodes on Broadway

Teddy Tahu Rhodes - bass-baritone

Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass-baritone) with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey performs music from Broadway including songs from Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific and Les Misérables.

7pm 14th June & 2pm 15th June 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $139 Book tickets
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Vivaldi, Haydn and Mozart - Baroque and Classical Masters

Mozart

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin/director) and Raphael Wallfisch cello perform:

  • Mozart Symphony No.23
  • Haydn Cello Concerto in C
  • Danzi Variations on La ci darem for cello and orchestra
  • Vivaldi Concerto in F major RV 574 per molti instrumenti
  • Haydn Symphony No.22 The Philosopher

The husband-and-wife team of Melbourne-born violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch and British cellist Rafael Wallfisch join forces with the MSO for this concert of works from the Baroque and Classical periods.

8pm 19th & 20th June; 6.30pm 21st June 2014

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre -

$32 - $133 Book tickets
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ACO - Mahler 4 & Sibelius 6

Occasionally the Australian Chamber Orchestra is augmented to full symphonic forces and when that happens the result is usually special. For instance the 2012 Beethoven 9 concerts won Limelight’s Best Orchestral Concert in 2012. White Hat would expect something special also from this concert directed by Richard Tognetti with Kiera Duffy (Soprano)

Ticket prices and online booking information is available on the ACO website.

2.30pm Sun 22 June ; 8pm Mon 23 June 2014

Hamer Hall -

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Emanuel Ax plays Brahms and Schumann

Emmanuel Ax - pianist

Internationally acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax joins with members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to perform:

White Hat suggests this concert offers exceptional value for lovers of chamber music. One of the world's best pianists, particularly fine acoustics and great music.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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7.30pm, Tuesday 24th June 2014

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre -

$57 - $133 Book tickets
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Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4

Sir Anrew Davis - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis (conductor) and  Emanuel Ax (piano) perform:

This concert provides the opportunity to hear both a major concerto and a major symphony from the 19th century. However White Hat has a particular predilection for Ives' Orchestral Set No.2 where he puts 19th century music in the blender and spits out 20th century music.

8pm, Friday 27th June 2014

Costa Hall, Geelong -

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Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4

Sir Anrew Davis - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis (conductor) and  Emanuel Ax (piano) perform:

This concert provides the opportunity to hear both a major concerto and a major symphony from the 19th century. However White Hat has a particular predilection for Ives' Orchestral Set No.2 where he puts 19th century music in the blender and spits out 20th century music.

2pm 28th June & 6.30pm 30th June 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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The Romantics - Brahms, Schumann and Strauss

Sir Anrew Davis - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis (conductor) and Truls Mřrk (cello) perform:

Three well loved staples of the romantic repertoire are rounded out with Percy Grainger's work for large orchestra - well orchestras to be precise with two of them offstage.

8pm 3rd, 4th & 5th July 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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Smetana's Má vlast

Jakub Hruša - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Jakub Hruša (conductor):

The six symphonic poems that go under the collective title of Má vlast ('My Country') each illustrate various aspects of Bohemia. Although Vltava (often known its German title Die Moldau) is the best known of them, White Hat suggests there is much to enjoy in the other works in the set for lovers of 19th century orchestral music.

8pm 18th Jul, 2pm 19th July, 6.30pm 21st July 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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Piano Quintets

The Australian Chamber Orchestra  chamber ensemble presents Satu Vänskä (Violin), Rebecca Chan (Violin), Christopher Moore (Viola), Timo-Veikko Valve (Cello) and Paavali Jumppanen (Piano) performing

Satu Vänskä performs firecracker showpiece Subito on the ACO’s Stradivarius violin, launching us into a chamber music concert of Slavic melancholy and joy.

Written just prior to the Nazi invasion of the USSR, Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet is a dramatic and harrowing premonition of the coming terror. Melting away the turbulence of Shostakovich is the bright, melodious joy of Dvořák’s piano quintet. Both of these quintets feature in White Hat's Top 100 Chamber Works.

 Internationally regarded for performances of “immense power and an extraordinary range of colours” (New York Times), Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen is a perfect partner for these stirring works. Ticket prices and online booking information is available on the ACO website.

7.30pm Thursday 10th July 2014; Wollongong - Wollongong Town Hall
8pm Saturday 19th July 2014; Canberra - Llewellyn Hall
1.30pm Fri 11 July ; 7pm Sat 12 July ; 8pm Tue 15 July; 7pm Wed 16 July 2014; Sydney - City Recital Hall Angel Place
7.30pm Thursday 17th July 2014; Newcastle - Newcastle City Hall
8pm Monday 21st July 2014; Melbourne - Hamer Hall
8pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014; Adelaide - Adelaide Town Hall
7.30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014; Perth - Perth Concert Hall

8pm Monday 21st July 2014

Hamer Hall -

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Mahler 1: The Cycle Begins

Sir Andrew Davis - conductor

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Sir Andrew Davis (conductor) and Erin Wall (soprano) perform:

The commencement of a major musical journey as Sir Andrew Davis and the MSO make their way though Mahler's monumental cycle of symphonies. The ingredients are all there - the MSO has already proved their mettle with Mahler as has Andrew Davis and the acoustics of the refurbished hall should serve this great music well. Throughout the series, White Hat will be helping listeners prepare for each concert through our free newsletter - The White Hat Classical Music Newsletter.

This opening concert shows Mahler at the beginning of his symphonic journey starting to push the boundaries of the symphony orchestra and pairs it with the meltingly beautiful orchestral and vocal mastery of another great composer at the end of his journey.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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8pm, 24th, 25th & 26th July 2014

Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre -

$25 - $150 Book tickets
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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra Victoria

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Chamber Orchestra - Surrey Hills:

Meets Tuesdays at Holy Trinity, Surrey Hills 7.45pm for rehearsals and holds up to 3 concerts year. String players are very welcome.

$65 and $45 term fees. Enquiries: 9877 5286

Beginner Strings

Feeder strings for the Surrey Hills Chamber Orchestra rehearse at Holy Trinity, Surrey Hills, Tuesdays at 6.15pm - 7.15pm. One years playing experience needed.

$40 term. Enquiries: 9434 2147

Forthcoming Events

These events are ones which have run in the past and we expect to run in the future. As yet we do not have confirmed details, dates and contact details. To be informed of those details when they become available you can subscribe to our newsletter "Great things to do in Melbourne".

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

A festival featuring classical and contemporary music.

October 2012 ?

Port Fairy -

Enquiries: (03) 5568 3030
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Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields

A festival of fine music in historic venues. Artistic director Sergio de Pieri.

January 2014 ?

Ballarat and district -

Enquiries: (03) 5333 1195
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Symphony Under The Stars

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

With Stonnington Symphony and special guest Dave Graney this annual outdoor concert is always a highlight of summer in Stonnington's beautiful parks and gardens. Under the direction of Artistic Director, Roy Theaker, this year's event will feature a range of symphonic music in a program designed to excite, inspire and enjoy. Joining the orchestra for a cameo performance will be Dave Graney.

Pack a picnic basket and share a wonderful evening with your community orchestra and host, Sian Prior.

February 2014 ?

Malvern Gardens, Hight Street, Malvern -

free Enquiries: (03) 8290 1333
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Melbourne International Festival of Brass

An international festival initiated in 2003 and featuring a series of workshops. Further information at Melbourne International Festival of Brass.

September 2012 ?

Various venues around Melbourne -

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Opera in the Alps

Enjoy a relaxing evening of fine food, wine and classical favourites under the stars, in the picturesque grounds of LaTrobe at Beechworth.

January 2013?

Mayday Hills Oval, La Trobe at Beechworth -

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Choral@Montsalvat

Choral@Montsalvat is a music-in-the-round choral festival. Fourteen choirs will sing a variety of music, including the Latin-American Missa Criolla and the African Missa Luba with colourful instrumental ensembles. The final concert will invite audience participation in the Vivaldi Gloria led by the two host choirs of the festival. $28 full, $22 concession, $12 child under 16, $65 family. Sunday May 3 2009, 12pm-5pm. Gates open at 9am.

May 2012 ?

Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue, Eltham -

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Opera in the Market

For one night, the historic Queen Victoria Market is transformed into a theatre - the famous fruit & veg stalls will make way for front stalls as Opera in the Market takes centre stage. Enjoy the drama and spectacle of some of the world's favourite operas as you sample fine wines, and food which will be available to purchase preconcert and during interval.

February 2014 ?

Queen Victoria Market -

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These events are ones which have run in the past and we expect to run in the future. As yet we do not have confirmed details, dates and contact details. To be informed of those details when they become available you can subscribe to our newsletter "Great things to do in Melbourne".

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