Be enchanted this summer by these magical open-air candlelight concerts.
After the prolonged absence of live music from our bars, restaurants and band rooms, Melbourne’s beating pulse is returning in time for summer. And although we need to tread with care, the excitement is palpable.
In spite of the obvious difficulties in place, Melburnians are coming up with creative ways to fuse balmy nights with beautiful music and still keep us safe. One way we’ve found is to move the music outside entirely, which in and of itself isn’t new, but these concerts are.
This summer sees Fever’s wildly popular Concerts by Candlelight series reach Australia for the first time. To kick off the Melbourne series, Fever has curated a run of three mesmerising nights of Tchaikovsky classics in one of Melbourne’s most stunning outdoor venues — Sun Kitchen at The Point, Albert Park Lake.
If that’s all you need to know to go, find your tickets here. But, read on for more info.
The first run of open-air candlelight concerts on 15, 16, and 17 December will see two shows performed per night by Melbourne’s own Invictus Quartet, which have already sold out.
This opening run will be followed by three more magical nights next year on 5, 6 and 7 January when Invictus Quartet returns to play a special Baroque performance featuring four Bach compositions including two of his Brandenburg Concertos.
To keep the magic alight, harpist Deon Entwisle will take to the stage alongside Joanna Patócs to perform compositions by some of classical music’s greats on 12, 13, and 14 January. Expect to hear pieces by Mozart, Schubert and Puccini to name just a few.
Each concert lasts for one hour and includes a glass of red, white, or sparkling on arrival. With concerts at 7:45pm and 9:30pm, you can opt for either a pre-dinner show or round off your evening with an unforgettable night of music as the sun sinks below the horizon.
Please note that seating for the first performance takes place at dusk, so the space will not be quite as dark. However, as night falls, the candles, which are flameless for the safety of the audience, will begin to shine brighter.
Then you can relax and enjoy a session of stirring music magic, all within a socially distanced, open-air space that sends classical notes across the water and soaring into the night sky.
Get your tickets here. And stay tuned as more dates will follow.
(Featured image: Sun Kitchen Melbourne)