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Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a live music experience. And as research tells us, experiencing live music makes us happier.

Memorable experiences are the go-to gift this festive season.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy a live music experience. And as research tells us, experiencing live music makes people happier. 

At Melbourne Recital Centre, we've got Christmas gifting all wrapped up this season. Say 'Merry Christmas', 'Thank You' and more with the gift of long-lasting memories and shared music experiences.

Our Top 12 Gifts for Music-lovers

Weyes Blood

1. For the music-lover who enjoys the coolest contemporary sideshows in town.

In 2020, welcome some of the best contemporary acts to the stage including Weyes BloodHolly HerndonMoon DuoYeasayerHiss Golden Messenger and so much more.

2. For the music-lover who wants to experience bucket-list classical music royalty.

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Kristian Bezuidenhout plays Beethoven's Piano Concertos, Les Arts Florissants & Le Jardin des Voix perform Mozart's La finta giardiniera and Tenebrae performs Spanish Glories of the Sixteenth Century.

3. For the music-lover with a taste for jazz and cabaret.

The Primrose Potter Salon houses some of the best local jazz and cabaret artists including Mama AltoGian SlaterTony Gould & Paul Grabowsky and more.

4. For the music-lover who loves value.

Becoming a member makes it easier for music-lovers to get closer to the music and musicians they love, plus waived transaction fees, exclusive ticket discounts and more - who doesn't love that?

Debussy String Quartet

5. For the music-lover who enjoys fine music.

Our international recital series Great Performerswelcomes world-class pianists, violinists, vocalists and more while our Great Chamber Ensembles series showcases the world’s great chamber ensembles on Australia’s finest stage.

6. For the music-lover who wants to try something classical, but isn’t sure where to start.

Discover why Bach is the greatest composer ever when Christian Tetzlaff plays Bach’s D minor partita. The MSO gives the perfect introduction to the beauty of English music in The Lark Ascending or experience Beethoven at his most relaxed and lovable with his ‘Pastoral’ Symphony'.

7. For the music-lover who prefers a day-time outing.

Our mid-morning Mostly Mozart concerts feature an hour of wonderful classical music plus a delicious morning tea.

Justine Clarke Mimi's Symphony

8. For the music-lover with a young family.

Music Play Family Festival is for kids and families to discover music, play an instrument and make some noise with big and mini concerts, workshops and loads of free foyer fun.

9. For the music-lover who enjoys something a little bit different. 

Experience boundary-breaking music including Sinofuturists: Alex Wang and Chill ChillTerramusica with Multicultural Arts Victoria, Praxeology with Rubicks Collective and Ossicle Duo and more.

10. For the music-lover who enjoys intimate experiences.

With its tessellated plywood timber panelling and Percy Grainger's Free Music No.2 inscribed across the walls, the Primrose Potter Salon is home to our Local Heroes and Southbank Series. 

11. For the music-lover who is a Beethoven aficionado (we know they're out there).

Beethoven rouses our spirits, moves us to tears and inspires our most profound thoughts. 2020 sees the 250th anniversary of the iconic composer's birth, and we're celebrating.

12. For the music-lover who is too hard to find a gift for.

We all know one (or two) music-lovers who are hard to choose a present for - which is why we offer gift vouchers to make gifting easier.

Turn Silence into Song

Not giving gifts? Give back.

Music is one of the best things in life, don’t you agree? Unfortunately for many Victorians, there’s silence where there should be music.

Watch this video and Turn Silence into Song this festive season

Make a donation to bring music into the lives of people who would otherwise miss out.

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