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African designs and camels for harbour ‘Aida’

SPECTACULAR African-themed Designs for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s coming production of Verdi’s “Aida” have today been unveiled by Opera Australia. Designer Mark Thompson is shaping a spectacular vision for Aida, Inspired by the colours and designs of Africa and Ethiopia. Ablaze in gold and vibrant colour, with exotic head pieces, swirling dresses and bare […]

Arts / Music festival gets a little science

WITH the almost irreverent subtitle “Music, Einstein and You!”, the dynamic new artistic director of the Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman, launched the 2015 event at the Shine Dome at breakneck speed, to a musical soundtrack. Flanked by physicist Prof John Rayner, who observed that music and science shared the common attribute of “creating […]

Orchestra celebrates Christmas in song

THE Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural Christmas concert, “A CSO Christmas,” is due to bring a touch of the Northern Hemisphere into Llewellyn Hall this Saturday, December 6, with a mix of modern and traditional Christmas songs performed to full-scale orchestration. The concert will feature conductor Timothy Sexton, ARIA Award-winner Rachael Beck, the Woden Valley Youth […]

Richard Gill joins Musica Viva

Former Canberra Symphony Orchestra artistic director, and eminent music educator, Richard Gill, today commences as Artistic Advisor of Musica Viva In Schools, Australia’s largest school music education program. Gill has had a long association with Musica Viva, but will now will be guiding the development of the finest Australian classroom resources in music. His appointment […]

Review / American choral musical ‘unfolded’ by Coro

“WE don’t hear much American choral music,” conductor Calvin Bowman told the sweltering audience gathered yesterday at Wesley Church yesterday for Coro Chamber Music’s concert, “This American Life,” adding, “but there is so much good repertoire.” Bowman confided out loud that there was also some rubbish, but that was not on show in a sophisticated […]

E=mc2 = mighty music-making: music festival launches at shine dome

THERE were some very sophisticated scientific concepts floating around the Shine Dome last night, but they were music to the ears of assembled supporters of the Canberra International Music Festival at the launch of the 2015 event. After Festival board chairman Arn Sprogis complimented the sponsors and reminded us that festive music-making had been happening […]