Old Quad explores music, past and present at the University of Melbourne with upcoming exhibition, 'Multivocal'

The upcoming Old Quad exhibition, Multivocal, will celebrate the creation, performance and experience of music at the University of Melbourne, past and present. Curated by Dr Heather Gaunt, this exhibition will showcase the cultural collections of the University that focus on music in its many forms. The objects in the exhibition provide a platform for contemporary responses to a long history of musical activity in this place, in the form of new commissions and performance-based events.

This exhibition ranges across a spectrum of engagement in music, including academically-driven formal musical education in performance, therapy, research and innovative compositional practice, to student-led musical societies. It encompasses musical traditions and contemporary practice across Indigenous and international music. Multivocal opens windows onto the great diversity of ways in which music has enriched the lives of people in the University community and beyond.

Multivocal is supported by the Grainger Museum Collection, University of Melbourne Library Special Collections, University of Melbourne Archives, Victorian College of the Arts Special Collections, University of Melbourne Art Collection, Ed Muirhead Physics Museum Collection, Australian Performing Arts Collection, Trinity College Collection and generous private lenders.

Multivocal opens on 23 March 2020.

Sebastian and Pierre Errards [makers], Orchestral harp, 1835. Grainger Museum Collection, University of Melbourne

Image: Sebastian and Pierre Errards [makers], Orchestral harp, 1835. Grainger Museum Collection, University of Melbourne