Jordi Savall to Angel Olsen: Recital Centre announces stellar summer program

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Jordi Savall to Angel Olsen: Recital Centre announces stellar summer program

Melbourne Recital Centre

The January to March program offers not only a massive showcase of local talent, but a plethora of acclaimed international artists.

A monumental scale of artists are making their way to Melbourne Recital Centre next year for their summer program: Season One Horizon. Expected to be a massive summer of music, the historic venue will likely see a massive turnout across a vast range of acts from near and far.

Melbourne Recital Centre: Season One Horizon

  • Melbourne Recital Centre’s January to March program has been released
  • It’s brimming with stellar international and local acts
  • Everyone from Jordi Savall to Angel Olsen to Cowboy Junkies are coming

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“Melbourne Recital Centre is back with renewed energy,” Director of Programming Marshall McGuire says, “with a program of local, national and international artists that cements our role as a venue with the broadest range of music to be heard in Melbourne this year.

“From international greats such as Jordi Savall, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and Robert Henke, to returning stars such as Siobhan Stagg and Paul Lewis, to our hugely loved Melbourne-based performers such as Arcadia Winds, Mindy Meng Wang, Paul Grabowsky, Jackie Bornstein, and Duo Eclettico, Melbourne Recital Centre embraces its key role and value as the place where live music lives, all year round.”

For the first time ever, the deeply emotionally raw performer Angel Olsen will be making her Melbourne Recital Hall debut. Ahead of her new single ‘Big Time’, the virtuoso explores the complexities of the silver lining in moments of pain and anguish. With a firm grip on her perception of grief, she cements herself as an unmissable performer.

Coming all the way from Switzerland, the early music ensemble Hespèrion XXI joins the esteemed award-winning Jordi Savall. Considered one of the most prominent figures in performing early music since the 1970s, he will be conducting Hespèrion XXI as well as playing the viol.

The inseparable collective will be playing as far as their extensive range allows, whether it’s 16th century Spanish, medieval, baroque, or renaissance music.

Ex-member of Kraftwerk, Michael Rother & Friends will celebrate 50 years of Krautrock pioneers NEU! on 31 March. Susanne Kirchmayr (Electric Indigo) combines with Robert Henke’s electronic music project Monolake, performing in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall on 23 March.

On Monday 23 January, acclaimed composer, artist, and producer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will bring Let’s Turn It Into Sound to Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Pianist Paul Lewis will perform two monumental programs of Schubert sonatas, launching a two-year exploration of this composer on 3 and 7 February.

Season One: Horizon will also feature performances from Laura Jean, launching her acclaimed new album Amateurs with a full band and string section; Melbourne’s own international opera star Siobhan Stagg in a recital with Timothy Young, and Western Australia’s Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse present Koorlangka.

Highlights of the Centre’s Learning and Access program in 2023 include; February’s Music Always tour with Arcadia Winds, Term 1 of Song Play, a series of musical adventures for local families with children aged 0-2 and 2-4; and Relaxed Performances, providing tailored concerts for people with sensory sensitivities.

That’s just the beginning. Recital Centre are also welcoming the likes of Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Cowboy Junkies, Madeleine Peyroux and more throughout the summer months.


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For a program that stretches over three months, you can expect many more artists to catch.  You’ll want to get in very quickly though, as Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI sold out quickly and the others are sure to follow.

For more information about ticket sales and bookings, head to Melbourne Recital Centre’s website here.