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Classical Music in Melbourne


Free Organ Recital

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


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Alexander Gavrylyuk in Recital

Ukraine born Alexander Gavrylyuk returns to Melbourne for one performance, following rave reviews in last year’s Great Performers Series at the Melbourne Recital Centre. 

The groundwork for Gavrylyuk’s career as a prize winning virtuoso and international soloist started by learning piano at the tender age of seven, giving his first concerto performance when he was nine, and securing a slew of prestigious awards in his teens. Since these prodigious beginnings, he’s smoothly transitioned to his role as an international soloist, the highlights of which have included concertos with Moscow Philharmonic and Cincinnati Symphony orchestras headlining at the Hollywood Bowl, now annual performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, appearances with the Philharmonic Orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Israel Warsaw, Moscow and Rotterdam, his recent BBC Proms debut with BBC Scottish Symphony, and performing with all of the main Australian orchestras.

Hailed as “one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade” by De Telegraaf, and inevitably described by reviewers as “thrilling”, Gavrylyuk’s performance at the Melbourne Rectal Centre covers a thoughtful selection of pieces including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Chopin’s Etudes Op 10 No 8 – No 12. 

  • Bach/Busoni Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  • Haydn Sonata in B minor No.47 XVI:32
  • Chopin Etudes Op. 10 No.3, No.8, No.9, No.10, No.11 and No.12
  • Scriabin Sonata No.5
  • Rachmaninov Preludes Op.23, No.1,5,12
  • Rachmaninov Sonata No.2 (2nd edition)

Tickets - A reserve $89 ($79 conc.) /B reserve $69 ($59 conc.) book online through melbournerecital.com.au




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The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow is a delicious confection: a light-hearted look at love amid the champagne and glitter of Art Deco France. Ladies sweep into ballrooms in silk fishtail gowns, and dapper gents in suits and patent leather shoes kiss your hand and fill up your dance card. Melbourne-born international star Danielle de Niese (evening performances only) plays the beguiling widow, inadvertent heiress of a city's fortune after just eight days of marriage. Fearing the loss of their riches, the society set are determined that she must wed a local, and soon, before any foreigner catches her gaze. But she's got a history with the man they've got in mind, and to complicate matters, the widow isn't the only one turning heads. There's plenty of love to go around in this story of amorous encounters and elegant romance. Graeme Murphy brings his spirited choreography and direction to Lehár's charming operetta in a brand new production.

Opera Australia and Orchestra Victoria conducted by Vanessa Scammell.

7.30pm 15th, 16t, 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th July 2017
Matinees 1pm 18th & 25th July and 3pm 19th July 2017
Ticket prices and bookings on Opera Australia website.




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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.


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