- Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Recital Centre
The Melbourne Recital Centre, part of the Melbourne Arts Precinct
Address Corner of Southbank Boulevard an Sturt Street City Melbourne Country Australia Architect Ashton Raggatt McDougall Owned by Melbourne Recital Centre Ltd. (Government of Victoria) Capacity 1000 (Elizabeth Murdoch Hall) Type Recital hall Opened 2009 https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/
The Melbourne Recital Centre is Melbourne's second largest auditorium for classical music (after Hamer Hall in The Arts Centre). It was opened in 2009, as part of the Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre complex, and is located on the corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, Southbank.
The hall features two auditoriums, the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, and a smaller venue known as The Salon. The former, a "modified shoe box" shaped music venue, is named after Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, its principal patron. It has seating for 1000 on two levels and was designed by Ashton Raggat McDougall with acoustic consulting by Arup Acoustics.
The 135 m2 (1,450 sq ft) stage, with optional 51 m2 (550 sq ft) extension is designed to accommodate up to 45 musicians, making it better suited to chamber music rather than an orchestra. To eliminate noise from the nearby Southbank Boulevard cars and trams, it is surrounded by 250mm of concrete, mounted on 38 steel springs. The interior is lined with Hoop Pine plywood and is designed to give ideal bass response for cello and low brass.
The Salon, a flexible venue intended for contemporary performances, can seat 132 people. The lighting, seating and stage can be reconfigured.
The Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre complex won the Moore Stephens National Award for Public Buildings at the Property Council of Australia – the country's highest award for a public building. The complex also won the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and the Joseph Reed Award for Urban Design at the Australian Institute of Architects State Architecture Awards in 2009.
Theatres in the Melbourne City Centre Note: this includes theatres in the Melbourne City Centre and its fringe areas, not the Greater Melbourne metropolitan area VenuesACCA • Arts Centre • Comedy Theatre • Forum Theatre • Her Majesty's Theatre • La Mama Theatre • Malthouse Theatre • Melbourne Athenaeum • Melbourne Recital Centre • MTC Theatre • National Theatre • Palais Theatre • Palace Theatre • Princess Theatre • Regent Theatre • RMIT Capitol Theatre • Sidney Myer Music Bowl Major Companies See also: Events in the Melbourne City Centre • Landmarks in the Melbourne City Centre • Museums in the Melbourne City Centre
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