Melbourne Recital Centre unveils 2024 program to celebrate its 15th year


Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) will celebrate its 15th birthday in 2024 with a magnificent line-up of performances throughout the year.

The season will see the launch of MRC’s highly anticipated Classical and Contemporary program, with a broad range of Melbourne-based and international artists taking to the stage in both the “intimate” setting of the Primrose Potter Salon, as well as the visually and acoustically “impressive” Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

“2024 continues to build on the broad line-up of artists from Melbourne, Australia and around the world that Melbourne audiences are drawn to here at the heart of the Arts Precinct,” director of programming Marshall McGuire said.

“We want to generate a sense of ‘wow’ from all our audiences as they experience music in these fine spaces.”

The program of featured artists in 2024 is one that MRC is “proud to present”, including classical and contemporary performers such as Paul Lewis, Arooj Aftab, Courtney Barnett, Michael Rother, Blind Boys of Alabama, Nobuyuki Tsuji, Lydia Lunch, Beth Orton, Genesis Baroque, Goldner Quartet, Mostly Mozart, and many more.



MRC will also offer programs for families, as well as various free events, installations, and post-concert talks.

“We’re playing around with some ideas to present concerts in different ways,” Mr McGuire told Southbank News.

“Matching up more artists in the same evening, encouraging more conversations between audiences and artists with our Free Music program as well as post-concert chats, and activating our spaces inside and out with more activities that we hope will delight and inspire you.”

Having been a pillar of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct since opening its doors in 2009, MRC’s 15th birthday celebration represents a significant milestone for the Southbank community and the arts industry more broadly.

“Southbank continues to be such a vibrant, creative and important part of Melbourne, and our place on the corner allows us to be visible and vibrant all year round,” Mr McGuire said.

“We want everyone living in [postcode] 3006 to consider us their living room, to pop in to Blondie for food and drink, to experience our beautiful visual art in our foyers, and to feel free to just sit quietly and contemplate the world, as well as experience the widest range of music you can experience in Melbourne, all on your doorstep.”

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