2019 marks Melbourne Recital Centre’s 10th anniversary and it promises to be a year of thrilling diversity, punctuated with three special projects that all involve the number ten.
We’ll be celebrating the Centre’s 10th birthday on 8 February with an uplifting concert that brings three generations of musicians on stage, from age 11 to 96. Many of our favourite artists will be making appearances, including Ronald Farren-Price, 2019 Artist-in-Residence William Barton and Christian Li, winner of the Yehudi Menuhin junior competition.
For first-time attendees, there will be over 300 opportunities to experience the magic of music at the best place to hear. Ten $10 tickets, will be available for every _MRC Presents_ concert throughout the year, courtesy of donors at last year’s Gala Dinner and the Robert Salzer Foundation. This is an investment in new audiences that sets up a bright future for the Centre.
And we are investing in the artform too. As a musical celebration of the 10th anniversary, the Centre has commissioned 10 composers to create new works that will be performed at the Centre throughout 2019. Generously supported by many donors, this commissioning program is at the heart of music’s ability to connect and renew.
There are many other treats in our largest program ever – new festivals, a new international chamber music series, a fantastic line up of contemporary pop artists including Neneh Cherry, Rufus Wainright, Lisa Gerrard and more, with music of every style and then those that defy categorisation.
And it’s not just the performance venues that will be alive with music. A colourful and varied Free Foyer program of live music, talks, DJs, festival take-overs, public art and music installations will bring the foyers to life and complement the Southbank Boulevard transformation that is underway. Special thanks to Ruth & Peter McMullin for helping to make this program possible.
We’ll also be presenting our largest Learning & Access program ever, so that the musical excellence we all enjoy is shared widely with all Victorians regardless of distance, accessibility or other barriers. This program is made possible entirely through philanthropy, so thank you for helping us to make such an impact on Victoria.
Finally, we’ll be unwrapping a brand new Steinway D for Elisabeth Murdoch Hall – a wonderful present for all music lovers.
Each concert, each event in 2019 is part of the ongoing story of Melbourne Recital Centre. You are an important part of that story. We look forward to welcoming you back again in 2019 to add your new chapter to ours and to dream together of the impact our music will have for the next decade and beyond.