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FREE open rehearsals featuring the best chamber musicians
Now this will be music to your ears. Melbourne Recital Centre has opened up the doors to its intimate Salon on one Monday each month, from March to December, for FREE open rehearsals featuring the very best of Melbourne's chamber musicians.
On these monthly Mondays, the artists will take this opportunity to rehearse new works, new programs and try out new ideas in this informal open and free event. The beauty is that if you work in the city or happen to be in there on the right day, you can just turn up any time during the session.
The doors will simply be open, so you come and go as you please. Although I would imagine you would try to minimise any disruptions to the fine music. Hear your favourite artists or discover some new favourites, who knows what treasures you will hear by coming along.
But note, these aren't concerts. Rather they have been described 'as an insight into the secret workings of our finest ensembles and performers – a rare treat to witness the creation of a new program.'
The performance goes for a solid hour and there is no interval. You don't even need tickets. As mentioned you simply drop in.
Here is what is in store for you.
Duo Chamber Melange Monday 2 July
Duo Chamber Melange is a partnership between Ivana Tomaskova (violin) and Tamara Smolyar (piano) whose versatile repertoire embraces classical and contemporary music as well as world premieres of renowned Australian, European and American composers.
Monday 13 August
The Stiletto Sisters have been thrilling audiences for the past 12 years with their blend of Hungarian gypsy, tango and love songs from around the world. There is Hungarian trained violinist Hope Csutoros, piano accordionist Judy Gunson and double bassist Jo To. The group are noted for their extraordinary emotional range and intensity inflected with humour.
This quartet formed at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2014 and is rapidly gaining a reputation as a fresh, interpretative voice to chamber music bestowing recitals, festival showcases and master classes across the country.
Monday 1 October
The Parlour is an ensemble made up of singers with a mutual love of sung-storytelling and a passion for dynamic, hybrid performance.
They explore not just the songs but the personal stories that lay behind the lyrics.
Monday 5 November
The award-winning contemporary music group Syzygy Ensemble have, in their short time together, made an impact. They have already gained a reputation as one of Australia's finest new music ensembles, praised for their virtuoso precision, and ability to connect with their audiences.
Inventi Ensemble are masters of classical repertoire, re-inventors of past musical works, and performers of new creations. This exciting new chamber ensemble run by artistic directors Ben Opie (oboe) and Melissa Doecke (flute), collaborates with Australia's finest soloists and chamber musicians.