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Music in May

Gigs in Melbourne come in all sizes. From a 100 piece orchestra, to an intimate tango performance, to the mighty sound of the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, discover a different type of music performance this May.

2015 Metropolis Festival

From 4 to 16 May 2015, hear some of the most memorable music ever written for the big screen at the 2015 Metropolis New Music Festival. held at the Melbourne Recital Centre, this series of concerts features cutting edge music and artists from around the world.
Highlights include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing Krzysztof Penderecki’s spooky Polymorphia, which appeared in The Exorcist and The Shining, and the Australian live premiere performance of There will be Blood: Suite, featuring music from the Academy Award winning movie written by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is one of the featured artists at the 2015 Metropolis Festival at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is one of the featured artists at the 2015 Metropolis Festival


On Sundays, take a load off at Banjo-B-Que, Fancy Hanks’ lazy afternoon of old-time American Southern hospitality and live music. With tunes from Craig Woodward of the Flying Engine Stringband on the clawhammer banjo (it’s a thing, look it up), fiddle and Cajun accordion, and a mouth-watering menu of slow cooked American BBQ, it’s the perfect Sunday session.

Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ

With almost 10,000 separate pipes and 150 distinct sounds, the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ’s sound is so big, it can play anything from a solo toccata to music written for a symphony orchestra. On 24 May 2015, hear Thomas Heywood perform classic works such as the Andante from Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony – which famously accompanied the climactic scene in the film The King’s Speech – as well as music from Haydn, Mendelssohn and more in Blast from the Past, a tribute to Melbourne’s first City Organist, David Lee.

Melbourne Town Hall's Grand Organ

Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand Organ

Tango Mundo at Ruby’s Music Room

Discover the sublime music traditions of the porteño districts of Argentina and Uruguay at Tango Mundo, a night that that pays homage to such legendary Tango musicians such as Astor Piazzolla. It’ll be performed by Dave Evans, accordionist and leader of The Band Who Knew Too Much, Argentine Tango musician Guillermo Anad and composer Faye Bendrups.

Tango Mundo at Ruby's Music Room

Tango Mundo at Ruby’s Music Room

Musica poeta at la Mama

Once a month, the stages at La Mama play host to a different type of performance – La Mama Musica, a regular concert series which gives musical artists the chance to explore and develop new work. Listen to unconventional music and unusual collaborations performed among the set of the current theatrical production.