26th October – 1st November at the Arts Centre!

26 10 2009

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25th – 27th October 2009, at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.

Presented by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

“(Sharon Bezaly is) the Paganini of the flute.” Music du Monde
Sharon Bezaly, ‘God’s gift to the flute’ performs exotic virtuoso Flute Concertos from around the globe, plus Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Serenade and the world premiere of a new work for Richard Tognetti leading composer, Peteris Vasks.
The flute came into its own in the 20th century, with composers responding to its multitude of characters: lyrical and brilliant, and as given to melancholy as airy happiness. Bezaly has selected a number of attractive new flute concertos guaranteed to dazzle

Pricing: $56.30 – $155

Choose three ACO concerts from the 2009 season and save!
Three concert packages start from $155

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trock_pic_main_cu_255x255Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – THE TROCKS

27th – 31st October 2009, at the Arts Centre, State Theatre.

Presented by the Arts Centre.

“They are a sensation, and a staple” The New Yorker
Following their sensational season in 2005, The Trocks return to Melbourne with an all new program.

The Trocks combine physical capabilities of male dancers with the grace and grandeur of ballerinas. Add a layer of expert clowning and you have a company of dancers that lovingly lampoon the conventions of classical ballet.

Their 2009 program features Act 2 from Giselle, Patterns in Space – a loving parody of Merce Cunningham, a bit of Balanchine in Go for Barocco and the sultry rhythms of Cuba in Majisimas. This delightfully skewered journey through the classical repertoire showcases The Trocks’ beautifully bent take on the wonderful world of ballet.

Long-time converts and first time fans will marvel at the comic timing, sheer athletic ability and skills that will rival any prima ballerina.

Time: 8pm & 3pm Saturday matinee

Pricing: $49 – $79

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nat_25355337_255x255Herald Sun Aria Awards 2009

29th October 2009, 7pm, at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.

Presented by the Herald & Weekly Times.

The Herald Sun Aria – launch pad of many an international singing career – is your chance to see and hear the stars of tomorrow at a night of wonderful entertainment.
This year the Aria celebrates its 85th anniversary as Australia’s most prestigious competition for emerging classical singers.

Master of Ceremonies, the Herald Sun’s Bob Hart, will introduce six finalists competing for $60,000 in cash prizes and scholarships.

Thrill to the sounds of Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Richard Divall, accompanying the soaring voices of these talented young singers.

Pricing: $30 & $23 (concession)

(students, pensioners and groups of 10 or more)

parky_255Parky – The One-Man Show

30th October 2009, 8pm, at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall.

Presented by UKTV.

For the first time in Australia, spend an evening with Michael Parkinson, live on stage. Relive the best of his guests and their greatest moments on screen.
Michael Parkinson is not only a legendary and respected television and radio presenter, but also an award-winning journalist, who was awarded a knighthood for services to broadcasting in 2008.

Born in a Yorkshire pit village, Michael spent most of his youth sitting in the back row of the local cinema and dreamed of marrying Lauren Bacall, Veronica Lake, or anyone else who would have him. He eventually ended up at the BBC with a talk show that ran for many years and made him an instantly recognisable face.

He has sung with Bing Crosby, danced with Billy Connolly and Will Smith, played a love scene with Bette Davis, and had his knee touched by Renee Zellweger, Sandra Bullock, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kylie Minogue and Dame Edna Everage, to mention but a few sex symbols who have felt irresistibly drawn to his left patella.

Now, Michael appears live on stage to talk about his life and career and present some of his greatest television interviews. Don’t miss Parky – The One-Man Show.

Pricing: $89 / $139

Great Savings for Groups 10+
Please phone 1300 182 183 for savings of up to $20 per ticket


dragonchild_255x255The Dragon Child

31st October 2009, 10.30am & 1.30pm, at the Arts Centre, Playhouse.

Presented by the Arts Centre and China Children’s Art Theatre.

A world-first tour from Beijing by China Children’s Art Theatre
The Dragon Child is a beautiful new international children’s show blending Chinese art and culture with puppetry, theatre and animation. Directed by Australia’s Peter Wilson, director of the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, The Dragon Child is produced and presented by China Children’s Art Theatre (Beijing) with support from the Arts Centre and The PlayKing Foundation.

Raised in the care of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, the young Dragon Child has a loving, harmonious and peaceful existence until her life slowly starts to be affected by the relentless pace of human civilisation. Her story explores contemporary challenges such as pollution and our diminishing natural resources and the impact they have on our children, our hope, our future, our world.

Babes in Arms
All Kids at the Arts Centre performances are designated children’s performances – babies under the age of one are admitted free of charge without a pram and must sit on their carer’s lap.

Duration: 70mins

Pricing: $29

Family ticket (4 tix): $105

Ages: 4 – 12


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31st October 2009, 11am, at the Arts Centre, Fairfax Studio.
Presented by the Push in association with the Arts Centre.

The Push is proud to announce that Melbourne’s new annual music industry conference FACE THE MUSIC returns for its second year.

FACE THE MUSIC 09 will provide musicians and music industry professionals with a range of career development and networking opportunities in a full day of interactive panel discussions, keynote presentations, one-on-one artist development interviews and practical workshops.

This non-profit event is made possible by the contribution of a host of music industry people, including high profile artists, booking agents, publishers, record label directors, music lawyers, publicists and artist managers who are generously sharing their time and experience.

Workshop sessions will explore song-writing, self-management, audience development, publishing, touring, release management, recording and much more.

FACE THE MUSIC 09 provides affordable music industry information, advice and insider knowledge to people of all ages.

FACE THE MUSIC 09 provides essential tools and skills to musicians and industry workers to give them the edge.

By attending and completing assessment sheets participants can also get free accreditation towards a nationally recognised Certificate 3 or 4 music industry qualification and access further free accredited training through NMIT.

FACE THE MUSIC 09 is supported by Victoria Rocks, the Arts Centre, APRA and AIR.

Tickets: $20


26th October – 1st November at the Melbourne Recital Centre!

26 10 2009
Haydn Keyboard Sonatas #7

26th October 2009, 7.30pm, at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre.


Geoffrey Lancaster, Fortepiano


HAYDN –  Sonata in C, HobXVI:35
HAYDN –  Sonata in D, HobXVI:42
HAYDN –  Sonata in G, HobXVI:39
HAYDN –  Sonata in C, HobXVI:21
HAYDN –  Sonata in D, HobXVI:37
The Australian pianist and conductor Geoffrey Lancaster, winner of an ARI A for Best Classical Album in 1991, is an internationally renowned exponent of the fortepiano, the modern piano’s more delicate and tonally refined predecessor. This is the seventh concert in a series featuring all Haydn’s piano sonatas.
Tickets:  $50 ($35 concession)

Musica Viva Coffee Concert #4 Metaphysical

27th October 2009, 11am, at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Presented by Musica Viva Australia


Rosemary Hodgson, Lute
Rhys McConnochie, Readings


–  Lute works by composers including John Dowland, Michelangelo Galilei, Robert Johnso and Alessandro Piccinini and poetry by John Donne, Ben Johnson and Henry Vaughan.

Metaphysical is a melancholic meditation of music and poetry and a unique collaboration between two acclaimed performers, lutenist Rosemary Hodgson and actor Rhys McConnochie. Inspired by English poets from the beginning of the seventeenth century, Metaphysical features some of the greatest poems of Donne, Johnson and Vaughan who sought to explore the spiritual nature of life and describe our ‘inner’ worlds in words. This new, contemplative style was also reflected in the music of the time, by composers including Dowland, Johnson and their continental colleagues. Musica Viva would like to pay tribute to Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell in his passing. He was a great actor, a great Australian and a delight to work with. He will be missed.
*Complimentary morning tea served from 10am 1 hour concert duration (no interval)
Tickets: $38

Freshwater Trio With Merlyn Quaife

28th October 2009, 6pm, at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Freshwater Trio
Merlyn Quaife, Soprano


BACH –  Arias for piano trio and soprano arr Michael Kieran Harvey
TAKEMITSU –  Between Tides
MENDELSSOHN –  Songs Without Words for piano trio arr Michael Kieran Harvey

Join Freshwater Trio and Merlyn Quaife for one of the highlights of 20th century vocal chamber music, the Seven Romances on poems by Alexander Blok. Witness the inspiration of the natural world in the trio Between Tides, a modern Japanese classic by Toru Takemitsu. The guest arranger for this concert is the promethean Australian concert pianist Michael Kieran Harvey.
1 hour concert duration (no interval)
Tickets: $30 ($20 concession)

26th October – 1st November at the MTC Theatre!

26 10 2009

When the Rain Stops Falling


by Andrew Bovell

Date: 7 October – 22 November 2009

Venue: MTC Theatre, Sumner Theatre

Running Time: 2 hours with no interval

Prices: $30 – $75.10

Presented by Melbourne Theatre Company in association with Melbourne International Arts Festival

It begins with a miracle. On a rainy day in Alice Springs in 2039 a fish falls like manna from heaven to bless the reunion of a father with his long lost son. Perhaps it’s a sign that the pattern of betrayal and abandonment that began on another rainy day in London in 1959 will come to an end.

Who’ll stop the rain? Andrew Bovell’s award-winning When the Rain Stops Falling is powerful storytelling in which the voices of our past echo into our future.

…this is theatre of rare intricacy and resonance….’ – Sydney Morning Herald

‘Visually arresting, cleverly written and populated with interesting, gritty characters…a truly great addition to modern Australian theatre….’ – Daily Telegraph

‘When the Rain Stops Falling will become an Australian classic.’ – The West Australian

‘…a stunning, gut-wrenching piece of theatre. Once seen it will never be forgotten…’ – Adelaide Theatre Guide

Paul Blackwell
Michaela Cantwell
Carmel Johnson
Kris McQuade
Yalin Ozucelik
Anna Lise Phillips
Neil Pigot
Musician, Quentin Grant

DirectorChris Drummond
DesignerHossein Valamanesh
ComposerQuentin Grant
Lighting DesignerNiklas Pajanti
Video DesignTheima Gen
ProducerKay Jamieson

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The Dame on the Ten Dollar Note


Devised and performed by Beverley Dunn

Date: 28 October – 7 November 2009

Venue: MTC Theatre, Lawler Studio

Running time: Approximately 1 hour

Prices: General Admission – $35/$20(Youth under 29)



Twenty five years ago Beverley Dunn first took to the stage to celebrate the life of Mary Gilmore. For 12 performances only, Beverley Dunn will once again portray this iconic Australian woman.

The Dame on the Ten Dollar Note is a one-hour celebration of author, journalist, poet and indomitable activist Dame Mary Gilmore. Drawn from Mary Gilmore’s own words – her prose, her poetry, her newspaper articles, her diaries and letters, Beverley Dunn takes us into a very different Australia.

‘…For Beverley Dunn’s portrayal of Mary Gilmore, the word performance seems inadequate: she inhabits every corner of the life.’ – The Times, London

Please note: A forum will follow Thursday matinee performances.


Beverley Dunn


Director – Bruce Myles

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