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31 Sturt Street, Southbank. Corner of Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Southbank. Located in the Southbank Arts Precinct, near the Arts Centre and National Gallery of Victoria.
Patrons can choose from a variety of conveniently located car parks when attending events at Melbourne Recital Centre. A new parking station is being built immediately behind the Melbourne Recital Centre (enter from Sturt Street), complementing other facilities already established in the Southbank Arts Precinct, including: • The Arts Centre Car Park (enter from Sturt Street), 150 metres north along Sturt Street • The Australian Ballet Centre Car Park (enter from Kavanagh Street) - 150 metres north along Sturt Street, then left into Kavanagh Street. • Plus a number of smaller car parks along Sturt Street. Disabled access parking is available at all major car parks in the vicinity, including the Arts Centre Car Park and the Australian Ballet Centre Car Park. Melbourne Recital Centre will offer patrons the ability to pre-purchase parking vouchers for nearby parking stations, including the Australian Ballet Centre Car park. Further information on parking and planning your visit to Melbourne Recital Centre will be available on www.melbournerecital.com.au later in 2008.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT Tram. Tram no. 1 stops directly outside the Melbourne Recital Centre (Stop number 17). Melbourne Recital Centre is also a short walk from St Kilda Road(approximately 200 metres), where the nearest tram stop is Stop 16 – (Southbank Boulevard/St Kilda Road) located in front of the National Gallery of Victoria. This is a platform tram stop providing level access to low floor trams, passenger shelter and protection from traffic. This stop is serviced by routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72. Train. From Flinders Street station, catch any tram heading south along St Kilda road and alight at the Stop 16 (Southbank Boulevard/St Kilda Road). Melbourne Recital Centre is a short walk down Southbank Boulevard (approximately 200 metres). Bus. Melbourne Bus Link operates three routes along Southbank Boulevard: Route 216, 219 and 220. Taxis. The Sturt Street entrance of Melbourne Recital Centre is the safest place for taxis to pick up and drop off customers. Melbourne Recital Centre staff can assist with hailing taxis
Box Office Numbers
The Box Office is located on the ground floor. Open for bookings late 2008. Phone: (03) 9699 3333 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Box Office Hours
Monday – Friday Open 9am – 5pm with later closing times for performances. Weekends - Open two hours prior to a performance.
Box Office Payment
Cash, EFTPOS, credit cards.
MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS Accessible seating: There is wheelchair accessible seating available in both The Salon and the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. Once bookings open later in 2008, the Box Office can assist patrons with selecting seats that best meet your individual needs. Please contact the Box Office on (03) 9699 3333 or email@example.com Accessible toilets: There are accessible toilets located on the Ground floor (Salon, Cafe, Box Office), level 1(Stalls of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall) and level 2 (Circle of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall) of the Centre. VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS Complimentary audio and large print program sheets Free program sheets will be distributed at all MRC Presents performances at Melbourne Recital Centre. Large print versions of these free sheets will also be available. Melbourne Recital Centre will also release audio versions of program notes for downloading from our website. Easy Access seating: Once bookings open later in 2008, the Box Office can assist patrons with selecting seats that best meet your individual needs. You can contact the Box Office on (03) 9699 3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org Braille on internal signage: Key service signs in the venue are also presented in Braille. HEARING IMPAIRMENTS Free Program Sheets: Free program sheets will be distributed at all MRC Presents performances at Melbourne Recital Centre, and for other events when possible. Assistive Listening Devices: An Ampetronic Induction Loop amplifier is available to the Stalls of the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. COMPANION CARD Companion Card is a program administered by the Department of Planning and Community Development on behalf of the Victorian Government. Melbourne Recital Centre accepts the Companion Card for all events at the Centre. Companion Card holders are eligible to receive a complimentary ticket for their carer. To book your seats using the Companion card, please contact the Box Office on (03) 9699 3333 or email@example.com, once bookings open in 2008. Further information about the Companion Card program is available at the website www.vic.companioncard.org.au
Melbourne Recital Centre is a fully licensed venue. Late Seating: For the safety and comfort of the performers and other audience members latecomers will only be admitted into venues at a suitable break. This varies from performance to performance and for some performances can be at the first interval. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. If you leave a performance once it has commenced, you will only be re-admitted at a suitable break. We regret any inconvenience and disappointment this may cause latecomers and provide viewing from monitors in the foyers. Cloaking: For your convenience, Melbourne Recital Centre provides a complimentary cloaking service. The Cloakroom is located next to the Box Office on the Ground Floor. Large items, including umbrellas and large bags, must be cloaked. Where possible, We recommend that you do not bring larger items or items of significant value with you to Melbourne Recital Centre. Audio /Video recording and photos: Melbourne Recital Centre prohibits the audio / Video recording and taking of photos (including camera phones) anywhere in the venue. When to applaud: For some shows, there are no expectations on when to applaud. Performers greatly value the applause of an audience and it is never unappreciated. However, for chamber music and symphony performances, there are some generally accepted conventions on when to do so. If in doubt, wait to see when the rest of the audience applauds and follow their lead. Symphony: Just before the performance begins, all members of the Orchestra except the Concertmaster will be seated on stage. The Concertmaster is the violinist who sits in the first chair of the first row of the Orchestra. The audience will greet the Concertmaster with applause when he or she enters the stage. A few moments later, the Conductor will follow and the audience will applaud again. Should there be a soloist or soloists performing, they will enter with the Conductor and should also be applauded. Once the performance commences, you will notice that symphonic works are often composed of several movements or sections with short pauses between each movement. It is customary to sit quietly during these pauses and save your applause for the end of the final movement. Chamber Music: Like symphonies, chamber music pieces are often made up of several movements with short pauses between each movement. Audience members are encouraged to hold their applause until the end of the piece. Melbourne Recital Centre provides free program sheets for each performance, available from stewards in the foyer, which will outline the movements for each piece. Dress Code: Unless specified, there is no formal dress code at Melbourne Recital Centre, although shoes must be worn at all times. If in doubt, smart casual is always a good choice. If an event does have a dress code, this information will be provided to you with your tickets or confirmation.
Children are generally welcome at Melbourne Recital Centre, though arrangements may vary depending on the event. Further information will be available later in 2008 at www.melbournerecital.com.au
Melbourne Recital Centre. DUE TO OPEN FEBRUARY 2009 • Elisabeth Murdoch Hall (1000 seat concert hall) • The Salon (flexible open performing space, no fixed seats but can fit 130 seated patrons) ELISABETH MURDOCH HALL Please also refer to the seat map. Stalls: The front three rows of the Stalls [row AA – CC] are removed when the orchestra pit or stage extension are in use. Row AA to row B are level to the ground. From row C, the seating gently rakes upwards to row K, then is stepped to row U. Row U is level with Doors 2 and 3, so patrons sitting in this row do not need to access steps to reach their seats. The height of the stage from the floor of the stalls is approximately one metre. Circle: The Circle has a central body of seats stepped upwards from row B. Row A is level with the doors. The side sections of the Circle, known as the wings, have a lower and an upper level on each side. The front row of the Circle sits above row R of the Stalls. In the upper wings, seats 11 – 15 are level with the doors. Easy access seating: For the convenience of patrons who have restricted mobility but do not require the use of a wheelchair, Melbourne Recital Centre has identified locations within the auditorium where patrons do not need to use stairs to reach their seats. These seats are located in the Stalls; row U [22-32], row CC [32 – 33], row A[31-32] and row B[32-33]; both upper wings of the Circle [seats 11-15] and all of Row A of the Circle. Rows CC, A and B of the Stalls are accessed via Door 1. A stair lift is fitted to the short set of stairs outside Door 1 for easy access to the front of the auditorium. Seats 11 - 15 in the upper wings of the Circle are wider for extra patron comfort and have articulated, raising arm-rests for patrons wishing to transfer from a wheelchair to a seat. Easy Access seating will be available from the Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office direct once bookings open later in 2008. THE SALON The Salon is an intimate, flexible performance space which can accommodate up to 150 seated people. Many performances in the Salon will be general admission events, with seating provided.