The Melbourne Recital Centre was completed in 2009 in time to mark the 100th birthday of its founding patron, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. The distinctive 1,000 seat hall for chamber music surrounded on all corners by carved plywood panels made of Australian Hoop Timber is named after her. A 150-seat salon accommodates more intimate performances. The 1937 graphic score, Free Music No. 2, by Percy Grainger is inscribed on the tessellated plywood walls that are ‘unevenly’ tipped. More than a hundred thousand attendees enjoy the performances presented by the Melbourne Recital Centre and its partners annually, while guided tours are conducted each month.
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