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Published January 23rd 2014
Can't stop the music
Summer brings out a smorgasbord of free music events across the city at both indoor and outdoor venues. It's a great time of year to get out and listen to some live music without blowing the budget. Here's a taste of what's on for free in February.
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Enjoy the superlative Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at three free concerts during February at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave, Melbourne. Programs are: Saturday, 15 February: Lior and Nigel Westlake – Songs of Compassion, Wednesday 19 February: Romantic Violin and Saturday 22 February: Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. Pack a picnic and soak up the beautiful surrounds of the gardens as well as classical music under the stars.
Wednesday nights from 5pm to 10pm for an extended season until March 26th the Queen Victoria Night Market offers great shopping and food plus live music on three stages. Check their website to see who's playing each week.
Classics at Fed Square
These are free monthly concerts held at Deakin Edge ranging from jazz, classical and big band through to contemporary pop. See their program for more information.
Fed Square's free live music series featuring independent and emerging acts started last year and runs weekly on Thursdays through til 27th March. See the program for full details.
St Michael's Uniting Church Organ Recitals
Every Thursday at 1.00pm, there are free 30 minute organ recitals by Organist and Manager of Music, Rhys Boak and visiting artists. Bookings aren't required, just come along to St Michael's Uniting Church on the corner of Collins and Russell Streets, Melbourne. See the website for full details.
Starting February 28th Friday Nights at Melbourne Now showcases several bands over four weeks including World's End Press, Big Scary, Brighter Later and Hiatus Kaiyote. You can also enjoy pop-up talks and performances, and late-night access to the exhibition.
Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival
Running from from Wednesday 5 February through Sunday 16 February this festival celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture from across the nation. There's a diverse range of great music, performers including Deborah Cheetham, Archie Roach, Jessica Mauboy, Bart Willoughby, Miss Hood, Yung Warriors and many more and a lot of it is free. Theatre, literature, film and dance are also featured however note that not every event is free - see the website for full details.
On Sunday 23rd February at Melbourne Town Hall you can get up close to the 10,000 pipe Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ with backstage tours, open console sessions for organists and a Young Organists Concert. See the website for full details.