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May 2019

Choral Festival @ Montsalvat

May 5 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Montsalvat, 7 Hillcrest Avenue
Eltham, VIC 3095 Australia
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$17 – $75

A delightful day of live music making with 16 choirs in 3 art galleries across 5 hours. Music is classical, gospel, multi-cultural, modern and theatre, sung by about 500 singers. Select your concerts in this choral music-in-the-round and enjoy variety all day. Music by and for adults, youth and children. This event will have food and beverage trucks on site. Please bring cash to avoid potential disappointment. Tickets: Family: $75 Adult: $38 *Concession: $33 Children (under 16): $17 *Must hold…

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Bach Concertos

May 5 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, Sturt Street, Southbank
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
$40 – $133

To hear Bach’s keyboard concertos is to witness the birth of a genre. Alternating bustling brio and the most heartfelt lyricism, Bach creates music that speaks across the centuries. Recently praised for his “simply gorgeous” playing and “crystalline phrasing” by the Washington Post, pianist David Fung is an ideal match for the immaculate poise and effortless dexterity these wonderful concertos require. Béla Bartók’s Divertimento is one of the iconic works for chamber orchestra—an exhilarating showpiece, inflected with folk melodies and…

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Piano Pictures

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
ANAM, South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3205 Australia
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$25 – $62

Two modern American classics to open: John Adams’ jubilant Hallelujah Junction, inspired by the name of a truck stop near the California-Nevada border, and a seminal work of minimalism, Steve Reich’s Six Pianos. On the other hand, the epic riff on Chopin’s Prelude by young, New Mexico-born composer Ben Wallace might be called ‘So Chopin walked into a bar, ordered a whiskey and headed straight for the pinball machine.’ One has to hear it to believe it. Likewise the epic…

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Yiruma Live in Melbourne 2019

May 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf, VIC 3006
DOCKLANDS, VIC 3008 Australia
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$89 – $249

After two years of successful touring, Melbourne is Yiruma's first stop back in Australia with his new album Frame and classic original pieces! With strong love and passion, Yiruma is bringing the breathtaking performance full of spirits of sharing and bliss back to Australia. Ever since the first album, Yiruma's warm and beautiful classical melody resonates with music lovers all around the world.  Yiruma Live in Australia Frame will also appear in Brisbane and Sydney in May 2019! Enjoy the most romantic music…

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Masses by Viennese Masters: Schubert & Haydn

May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Viewbank Performing Arts Centre, 1 Warren Road
Viewbank, Victoria 3084 Australia
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Heidelberg Choral Society presents Haydn's Mass In Time of War (Missa in Tempore Belli) and Schubert's Mass in A-flat Major, under the direction of Peter Bandy. In 1796, Franz Josef Haydn composed this piece, which is widely known for its dramatic use of timpani. It is one of the most popular of his fourteen masses. This piece has also been long thought to express an anti-war sentiment, even though there is no explicit message in the text itself, and no…

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May 11 @ 7:30 pm - May 29 @ 7:30 pm
The Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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From the moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. The story had everything: royalty, loyalty, deformity, devotion, lust and revenge. Love and vengeance meet in the darkness and the opera draws to its dramatic, devastating conclusion. The morning after Rigoletto’s triumphant premiere, the show's sensational melody rang out in the streets: a hit for ever after. Opera Australia is bringing Elijah Moshinsky’s classic production of Verdi’s Rigoletto back to the Melbourne stage in full…

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Josh Hooke in Recital

May 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
St George’s Anglican Church Flemington, 55 Lucknow St
Travancore, VIC 3032 Australia
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2019 Friends of Music Series (FOMS) is thrilled to announce pianist Josh Hooke as our next performer! PROGRAMME Mozart - Fantasia in D minor, K 397 Beethoven - Sonata in D Major, Op 28 Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition Originally from country Victoria, Joshua completed his secondary schooling at Wonthaggi Secondary College. Currently. Joshua is completing a PhD in MusicPerformance at the University of Melbourne on scholarship, under the guidance of Professor Ian Holtham, while also undertaking periods of…

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Cosi Fan Tutte

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - May 25 @ 12:30 pm
The Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia
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Sir David McVicar’s production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte has its highly anticipated Melbourne premiere this autumn season. Conducting the performance will be Canadian Maestra Keri-Lynn Wilson, making her Australian debut. Mozart’s opera about testing fidelity is an intriguing story set to music of impossible beauty. Two men disguise themselves as Albanians and attempt to seduce each other’s lover in an elaborate ruse to win a bet, at the urging of the cynical old philosopher Don Alfonso.

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Mozart Piano Concerto No.19 in F major with Elyane Laussade

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
James Tatoulis Auditorium, MLC 207 Barkers Road
Kew, Victoria 3101 Australia
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$25 – $60

The Melbourne Musicians, directed by Frank U.Pam, present acclaimed pianist Elyane Laussade in the second of three concerts as part of her project to play all of Mozart's piano concertos. She will play Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K.459. It is the most uniformly cheerful of all Mozart's concertos and is notable for the particularly luminous writing for the winds. The program includes the Premiere of Haydn's 12 German Dances, a rare performance of Dittersdorf's Symphony in F…

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Zelman Symphony Orchestra: Mozart’s Clarinet

May 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

After two exhilarating performances in 2010 and 2012, we had to invite soloist David Griffiths for a repeat performance of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto - Mozart at his quintessential best. We'll reprise Harry Sdraulig's Sinfonietta, a work he composed for our orchestra as the Zelman Symphony - Melbourne University Emerging Composer in 2015. And we close with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Despite Tchaikovsky initially concluding it was a failure, the symphony has become a staple of the repertoire and a favourite…

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