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Free concerts in beautiful churches
Source: City of Stonnington

Here is something unique and inspiring to do. Experience the majesty of Haydn's music in the great churches of Melbourne's leafy east. All for free.

A selection of Melbourne's orchestras including Melbourne Chamber Orchestra String Quartet and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra String Quartet will be playing Haydn in some of the south–east's most atmospheric churches.

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These events are not only a homage to Haydn, but to the enduring beauty of the string quartet.

These wonderful events are open to all.

Venues include St Peter Church in Toorak. This is a gothic style church with pointed arches, wood paneling, stained glass and carved motifs and extensive grounds. The other churches are also beautiful settings to hear Haydn in. All have been chosen for their acoustics and atmosphere.

All the concerts are at lunch-time so if you can sneak away from work for awhile this would be a lovely experience.

These events are part of the Melbourne Festival. In 2013, Melbourne Festival embarked on a remarkable mission to perform and celebrate all 68 of the quartets composed by Franz Joseph Haydn—the man who invented the string quartet, These concerts are some of the closing ones in this massive undertaking.

Details are as follows.

Source: Wikipedia Portrait of Joseph Haydn by Thomas Hardy (1792)

585 Toorak Rd, Toorak
Stonnington Symphony String Quartet

TUE 13 OCTOBER at 12.30pm

String quartet No 34 Op 33 No 4
String quartet No 2 Op 1 No 2
7 Finch St, Malvern East
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra String Quartet

THU 15 OCTOBER at 12.30pm

String quartet No 14 Op 9 No 2
String quartet No 8 Op 2 No 2
88 Kooyong Rd, Armadale
Orchestra Victoria String Quartet

TUE 20 OCTOBER at 12.30pm

String quartet No 6 Op 1 No 6
String quartet No 7 Op 2 No 1
86 Clendon Rd, Toorak
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

THU 22 OCTOBER at 12.30pm

String quartet No 5 Op 1 No 0
String quartet No 45 Op 55 No 1
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Why? Free and beautiful music in stunning venues
When: 13, 15, 20, 22 of October
Where: Please see article for details
Cost: Free
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