Upcoming events


Rococo Cello

Global cello superstar Li-Wei Qin joins MCO to perform CPE Bach and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations in a gilt-edged program channelling the sparkling exuberance of the Rococo era.


Beyond Baroque

Violist Christopher Moore joins MCO to perform concerti by Telemann & JS Bach, in a concert of inventive, awe-inspiringly virtuosic and deeply felt music from the end of the Baroque and beyond.


Salon Sessions – Death and the Maiden

In this MCO Salon Session the Melba Quartet performs Schubert’s heartrending and iconic Death and the Maiden quartet. Held in the Recital Centre’s Salon, the Sessions include substantial canapés, premium wines, and an opportunity to meet the musicians, creating a new, incredibly intimate way to experience and enjoy great music.

Melba Quartet

Death and the Maiden

Perhaps Schubert’s most revered and best-known quartet, Death and the Maiden was written by the composer during a period of serious illness that preceded his untimely death at 31. Dark, passionate and virtuosic, this epic quartet demands enormous musical resources from its musicians. The Melba Quartet is William Hennessy, Elinor Lea, Keith Crellin and Janis Laurs, four of Australia’s most eminent musicians from across three states. They are the foundation members of the Australian String Quartet.

Recent posts


An interview with Grace Clifford

Grace Clifford is accustomed to being in the media spotlight. The 18-year-old Sydney violinist has been winning competitions throughout her teenage years, climaxing with being named the ABC Symphony Australia …

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The London Sketchbook

Concert Notes: The London Sketchbook

MCO’s The London Sketchbook can be heard in Melbourne on Friday 18 November at The Deakin Edge, Federation Square & Sunday 20 November at Melbourne Recital Centre.
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Interview: Lloyd Van’t Hoff

Lloyd Van’t Hoff is performing in Clarinet Heaven in Mt Beauty, towns in the city of Bendigo, and St Kilda; and Wine Food Music Narkoojee, in Glengarry.


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Concert Notes: Clarinet Heaven

MCO’s Clarinet Heaven can be heard in St Kilda on Saturday 29 October at Linden New Art. This program is also being performed on tour in Mount Beauty, Pyramid Hill, Bendigo, Elmore & …

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