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4-Part Concert Series Showcasing the Diversity of the Guitar
James Sherlock
Jazz guitarist James Sherlock kicks off the concert series.


So you think you know guitars?
Eyes will be opened and horizons extended in a concert series focused on the diverse incarnations of the guitar in the twenty-first century.

Featuring some of Australia's foremost performers and advocates, the four concerts will be presented over four months by the University's Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne's iconic Melba Hall, and the intimate confines of Wyselaskie Auditorium.

The first concert kicks off on Monday 12th August with a jazz recital by James Sherlock, including improvisations based on works by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and his own original compositions.

Doug de Vries
Doug de Vries


On Friday 20th September a feast of Brazilian music is on the cards when internationally renowned guitarist Doug de Vries teams up with some of Melbourne's finest choro musicians.

John Griffiths
The Vihuela will be John Griffiths' instrument of choice


Early Music academic and enthusiast John Griffiths will seduce audiences with the intimate tones of the vihuela on Monday 7th October. Griffiths has been a leader in the revival of this beautiful instrument since introducing it to Australian audiences in the 1970s.

Daniel McKay
Daniel McKay


Concluding the series for 2013, renowned classical guitarist Daniel McKay will perform sonatas by Leo Brouwer, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Phillip Houghton and Domenico Scarlatti.

The Series at a Glance

Jazz Guitar Recital - Monday 12 August
James Sherlock
Venue: Wyselaskie Auditorium

Choro to the Max - Friday 20 September
Doug de Vries, Ken Murray, Sexteto Zona Sul and Trio Agogo
Venue: Melba Hall

The Intimate Vihuela - Monday 7 October
John Griffiths
Venue: Wyselaskie Auditoriumoncert

Sonata - Monday 11 November
Daniel McKay
Venue: Wyselaskie Auditorium

All concerts start 7.30pm and admission is $20, or $15 for concessions and seniors.

About the Venues
Melba Hall turns 100 years old in 2013, and is classified by the National Trust of Victoria. Located within the Conservatorium of Music building, it includes partially tiered seating for 340 patrons, and an ambient atmosphere including translucent stained glass windows and a polished wooden stage. The grand white building can be found at Gate 12 of the University of Melbourne on Royal Parade, Parkville.

Wyselaskie Auditorium dates back to 1887 after JD Wyselaskie left much of his wealth to the Presbyterian Church, including 10 000 pounds for the construction of a residential hall. The old building has been retained, and is now incorporated into the modern buildings of the Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry, opposite the Melbourne Cemetery at 29 College Crescent. It seat up to 120 patrons.

Further information is available by visiting mcm-concerts@unimelb.edu.au or by phone on 03 8344 7830.
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Why? There is more to guitars than you knew
Phone: 03 8344 7830
Where: Melba Hall and Wyselaskie Auditorium, Parkville
Cost: $20 full, $15 concession and seniors
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