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NGV Friday Nights Tempo Rubato curates: Affinity Quartet

Fri 13 Sep, 6pm–10pm

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Cost Online: $45 A / $40 C / $37 M / $23 Ch
Door (Limited): $50 A / $45 C / $42 M / $29 Ch
Booking Fee: $5.50

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Recharge and reimagine your Friday Nights this winter with an after-hours ode to Pharaoh.

Experience a weekly-changing line-up of live music, with sounds from Africa, the Middle East and beyond, spanning classical, jazz, blues, funk and more.

Throughout the evening, enjoy a music playlist curated and mixed by Music in Exile guest DJs, including Shah Sharafi, Aysu and Kgomotso Sekhu.

Your ticket gives you late-night entry to Melbourne Winter Masterpieces®: Pharaoh and access to all performances. From here into the afterlife, don’t miss this season of NGV Friday Nights.

Performance 1: 7PM
Performance 2: 8PM
Performance 3: 9PM

Tempo Rubato has curated four nights of music as part of NGV’s Pharaoh Friday Nights season. Come and hear some of our country’s most highly skilled artists create a spectrum of soundworlds with wood, metal, friction and air, on instruments that have been evolving for hundreds of years. Plus maybe the odd synthesiser.

Tempo Rubato is a music venue tucked away in a repurposed warehouse on Breese Street, Brunswick. The venue’s stripped back aesthetic and considered approach to curation draws a diverse and broadminded audience of locals, artists and music fans from across Melbourne each week. With a focus on classical music, Tempo Rubato also stretches to ambient, electronic, improvisation and singer-songwriters.

Affinity Quartet appeared on Melbourne’s classical music scene in 2015 as ‘one of the most exciting ensembles to make their mark.’ (Classic Melbourne). Featuring violinists Josephine Chung and Nicholas Waters, violist Ruby Shirres and cellist Mee Na Lojewski, the group has won major prizes in four international string quartet competitions. They have been living in Madrid for much of 2024, receiving guidance from Günter Pichler, founder and first violinist of one of the most famous quartets of all time, the Alban Berg Quartet.


A ticket to NGV Friday Nights is your only opportunity to come face-to-face with ancient Egypt’s divine icons and invincible warriors at night. Melbourne Winter Masterpieces®: Pharaoh, traverses three thousand years of art and culture and more than 500 objects, including monumental sculpture, architecture, temples, jewellery, coffins and more. This exhibition celebrates the phenomenon of pharaoh, those all-powerful kings claiming a divine origin.

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Elevate your Friday night experience with Moët & Chandon, serving the distinguished Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut and Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial until late in the Great Hall.

Make your Friday Nights experience extraordinary by visiting the Yering Station Wine Bar in the Great Hall. Choose from a menu of fine wines from the Yarra Valley, including signature wine flights featuring a selection of three, for a memorable wine-tasting experience.

Experience modern mezze plates featuring unique flavour combinations and fresh, high-quality ingredients that are perfect for sharing. Choose from a range of breads, dips and mouthwatering salads, accompanied with a range of small bites.

Satisfy your cravings with our selection of substantial dishes alongside various salads, hot dishes and delicacies.

Choose from a variety of irresistible desserts, perfect for a late-night treat or a quick bite in the middle of the evening.

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