2:30 PM14:30

The Phillip Houghton Musical Celebration Concert

The Classical Guitar world was shocked and saddened by the recent passing of renowned Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton. His music inspired many guitarists and music lovers around the world. Eminent guitarist, John Williams, has premiered and recorded his work. The Australian Guitar groups Guitar TrekThe Melbourne Guitar Quartet, and Saffire have all played his works.
This event has been organised by the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria ( to celebrate Phil’s wonderful music. The President, Dr. Paul Nash, will be your Master of Ceremonies for the occasion.
Performers will include the Melbourne Guitar Quartet (MGQ), Dan McKay, Daniel Nistico, the recently formed Ladies Quartet (Nadia Sartori, Zeah Riordan, Tania Ravbar, and Alexandra Velasco), Evangelos Karavitis, John Mills, Gerard Mapstone, and Jemma Lee Donovan.
In addition, special video tributes will be presented by Karin Schaupp (Brisbane), The Agostino Duo and Sydney Guitar Trio (Sydney), and the Z.o.o Guitar Duo (The Netherlands). 
We hope you can join us to celebrate this brilliant and creative composer’s contribution to world of Australian music.

Upper Gallery, Sunday 17 December, 2:30pm

$37 Adults
$32 Concession
$32 Friend of Montsalvat

Ticket price includes Devonshire Tea during interval
Bookings are essential as places are limited. To book, call Montsalvat on (03) 9439 7712

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4:00 PM16:00

Victorian Guitar Orchestra and the Melbourne Guitar Quartet


RESONANCE at MPavilion Immerse yourself in a wash of interweaving sonic textures, pulsating rhythms and sonorous harmonies with Resonance, a musical exploration by the Victorian Guitar Orchestra.
Joined on stage by the Melbourne Guitar Quartet, one of Melbourne’s leading chamber ensembles, the Victorian Guitar Orchestra performs Resonance—an event for everyone from guitar enthusiasts to seasoned concert aficionados and concert first-timers.
This ‘guitars en masse’ spectacular celebrates a collection of modern-Australian and world-music inspired compositions, as well as echoing classic sounds through reinventions of works by Monteverdi and Vivaldi. Come to MPavilion for a string orchestra like no other.

MPavilion Link


MPavilion is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, supported by City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria, through Creative Victoria and ANZ. Every year the Naomi Milgrom Foundation commissions an outstanding architect to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct.  A new civic space, a cultural laboratory and an event hub, each MPavilion brings creative collaborators together to present a free, four-month-long program of talks, workshops, performances and installations, and more, from October to February. MPavilion spotlights Melbourne as the creative and design capital of Australia, and with Melbourne as a world renowned leader in liveability, MPavilion continues to foster discussion and debate about the role design, architecture and culture have in creating a city that is liveable, creative and equitable. MPavilion 2017 is designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten. Creators of modern architectural icons, OMA is a prolific international practice of worldwide distinction and influence. MPavilion 2016 was designed by Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, award-winning architect and practice of distinction based in India – its permanent home is at Melbourne Zoo. MPavilion 2015 was designed by AL_A, the studio of Stirling Prize–winning architect Amanda Levete, and now has a permanent new home in Melbourne’s Docklands. The 2014 MPavilion was designed by Australian firm Sean Godsell Architects, and can be visited at Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum. MPavilion’s 2017 program has been put together by creative director Robert Buckingham, deputy creative director Jessie French and producer Sara Savage.

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3:00 PM15:00

Meredith Connie: CD Launch

Fairy Tales, Monsters and Wild Animals for Solo Guitar

"The program is based around the major new work for guitar and narration, In the Wild, by Meredith Connie, and will be complemented by works that are themed around fantastical worlds and things that go bump in the night (works by Stepan Rak, J.K Mertz, Phillip Houghton).  It’s a fun, dynamic program and has gotten great responses from audiences for it’s ageless appeal and programmatic elements."

Here is a video of three lovely pieces by Phillip Houghton that help describe the mood of the concert, from his "Gothica:  A book of Spooks and Spectres"

Admission is on a sliding scale (pay what you can afford)
with the recommended prices of the CGSV of:

$25 full price $20 Concession (members of CGSV and Musical Society of Victoria and card holders), children and students 16 and under are free. 

All those who attend will be able to purchase the new CD for a reduced cost of $20.

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3:00 PM15:00

Andres Segovia Memorial Concert 2017

2017 marks the 30th year of the passing of Andres Segovia in 1987. This event is a celebration by the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria of the contribution to the Classical Guitar by the great maestro Andres Segovia.

Performers will include, John Griffiths, Meredith Connie (having just returned to Australia from the US), The Johnston Duo., Shaun Purkiss, Michael MacManus, The Duo consisting of Nadia Sartori and Tania Ravbar, Dan Nistico, and Paul Nash (the President!)

On display at the event will be various items of Segovia Memorabilia including Books, Music, Vinyl records etc. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own Segovia memorabilia!

Here is a preview of the work "Segovia" by Ida Presti that Meredith Connie will be playing at the concert

Light supper will be provided.

Tickets: Adult: $25, Concession: $20, Family: $60

Venue: St Stephen's Anglican Church

Address: 360 Church Street, Richmond, 3121

Map: St Stephens

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