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Arts / Turning opera into kids’ stuff

OPERA Australia will go to any lengths in the quest for new audiences. Proof? The company’s upcoming production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. Trimmed to size and cleverly re-orchestrated by Andrew Greene, it’s been translated by director Michael Gow from a mythical masonic world into ancient and modern Egypt. Posters abound showing performer Sam Roberts-Smith […]

Clingan honoured for ‘sharing music and the joy it brings’

CANBERRA musician Judith Clingan has been honoured for her “So Good a Thing” festival with the Award for Excellence by an Individual at the Art Music Awards, run by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre and staged this evening at the Plaza Hotel in Melbourne. A composer, conductor, performer and music educator, Clingan was […]

Gill to receive top award

NEWS is to hand that former director and chief conductor of The Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Richard Gill, is to be honoured as the recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award in the 2014 Art Music Awards, to be held on Tuesday 26 August 26 at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne. Widely credited with lifting the game of the […]

Guitar virtuoso at Wesley tomorrow

BRILLIANT young Canberra-born classical guitarist Callum Henshaw is performing tomorrow, Wednesday August 20, in a Lunchtime Live concert at the Wesley Music Centre from 12.40 -1.20pm. The program includes the Australian piece “From Kakadu” by the late Peter Sculthorpe, the calming BWV 1003 by JS Bach, and Vicente Asendio’s “Collectici intim,” full of vibrant Spanish […]

Arts / Brisbane choir wins top title

QUEENSLAND all-female choir Canterbury College Cantabile Choir won the National Eisteddfod Choirs Division’s Australian Choral Challenge at Llewellyn Hall on Saturday night. The choir also took home the Best Performance of an Australian Composition and the 19 Years and Under titles over the two-day eisteddfod. Australian National Eisteddfod, Choirs Division 2014 results: 10 Years and […]

Alto and organ for Braidwood organ fundraiser

LIMESTONE Consort is welcoming alto Maartje Sevenster and organist James Porteous to join them for a fundraising concert in St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Braidwood this Sunday, August 17. Ticket sales will go towards the restoration of St Andrew’s organ, built in Adelaide by W.G. Rendall in 1904 and rebuilt by L.S. Waters in 1975. Porteous is sub-organist at […]

Individualistic trio performs at Wesley

THIS Wednesday, August 13, the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live series will feature three outstanding musicians, violinist Lauren Davis, pianist Elaine Loebenstein and trumpeter Justin Lingard playing works by Sibelius and Eric Ewazen. Irish-born Loebenstein is a collaborative pianist with particular interests in the fields of accompaniment and improvisation. She has appeared on ABC and […]

Trumpeter returns to Canberra to sparkle

SYDNEY Symphony’s principal trumpet, David Elton, returns to town to perform Richard Mills’ exciting trumpet concerto this week at Llewellyn Hall as part of Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Llewellyn Series. But the excitement doesn’t stop there, as the orchestra, under the baton of Nicholas Milton, performs music from Stravinsky’s ballet, “Firebird”, and Tchaikovsky’s optimistic 5th Symphony. […]