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“We have become addicted to the Recital Centre!”

Melbourne Recital Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Melbourne Recital Centre comprises two of the finest acoustic spaces in the southern hemisphere, carefully crafted to present the best music the world has to offer. Drawing fundamental influence from the traditional box shape of European concert halls, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall is lined with striking plywood panels of Australian plantation Hoop Pine timber, designed to resemble the back of a beautiful instrument and provide greater acoustic intimacy across the 1000-seat auditorium. The superbly organic acoustics of the hall extend to the Salon, a uniquely intimate 150-seat space that can also act as a companion room to the hall. Comprising a series of diffusing timber panels with tessellated plywood faces tipped in and out to form a modulated wall and ceiling, Percy Grainger’s 1937 graphic score, Free Music No. 2 is inscribed across the surface to inspire players and audiences alike. Swing by, say hello and book tickets to a show. Discover why Melbourne Recital Centre is the Best Place to Hear beautiful music.
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
699 reviews
284 attraction reviews
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“We have become addicted to the Recital Centre!”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Acoustics are so good at the Melbourne recital that my partner and I have become almost compelled to go to concerts there. In the past ten months we attended 18 concerts - some in the larger area, the Dame Elizabeth Auditorium, and others in the Salon, which seats about 150 people. Both have excellent sound qualities.

Many of the concerts were part of the 'Local Heroes' program, which (surprise, surprise!) presents the works of Victorian based ensembles. Prices for these concerts are affordable at $35 /$25 per person, and the artists are remarkably good.

The diversity of the program caters for all tastes in music. We are so lucky to have the Melbourne Recital Centre in our lovely city.

Visited December 2012
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Montmorency, Australia
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22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“World Class”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Saw Sir Neville direct the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra play Mozart, the perfect Auditorium, unforgettable.

Visited January 2012
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“Classical Heaven”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Great venue for classical concerts. Will go back again.
Really like the regular updates they send through, always will find a performance or two I will be interested to go.

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“superb acoustic”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

have attended bands, opera, orchestral, the perfect acoustic means every sound and word is heard. the seating lay out also means no " heads" in the way.

Visited October 2012
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“A beautiful venue with misleading classification of events”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Spending $75 on a (student) ticket to the "opera" 'The Minotaur Trilogy' is the worst thing I've ever done during my three weeks in Melbourne. This was a beautiful venue with incredibly helpful staff in terms of purchasing tickets; however, unfortunately the piece we attended was not opera as advertised. Modern theatre may cover it, although I'm not sure those associated with modern theatre would want it classifed as such either. There was no music, no song, and three hours later, no one we spoke to in the audience had any idea how the performance, which entailed bizarre sounds, movements, costumes such as purses or shoes worn on the heads of performers, related to the actual story conveyed in the written trilogy. If I were to ever absolutely need to attend something here again, I would ask MANY more questions to ensure that what I attend is actually as advertised. I was shocked that the venue would advertise the "show" as "opera".

Visited October 2012
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