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Ginastera recital at Wesley

FILIPINO-American pianist Dr Jovanni-Rey V. de Pedro will be performing works of celebrated Argentine composer Ginastera from 12.40 to 1.20pm at the Wesley Music Centre this Wednesday, July 23. Dr de Pedro enjoys an artistic career that has brought him to concert venues and musical institutions in Asia, North 
America, South America, Australia, and Europe. […]

Quirky musical with toys

“THE Rokitelly Man” is the latest in a line-up of new musicals this year. Six years in the making, its composer, Andrew Hackwill, is well-known for new musicals staged at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, not least “The Department of Heaven”, “Sanger Hill”, “The Court of Swing Caractacus” and “It Was That Way When I Got Here”. […]

Canberra Symphony Orchestra – RODIN statue – Thursday, 27 March 2014

Canberra Symphony raffling a Rodin sculpture, not your usual raffle

THE Canberra Symphony Orchestra have announced they are raffling a sculpture by none other than Auguste Rodin. The CSO was somewhat surprised to be the beneficiaries of the work by one of the great masters, valued by the Tax Office at $165,000. “I’d like to make a donation” is a sentence that Isobel Griffin, Philanthropy […]

Top Ten take it to Broadway

IN talking to music co-ordinator and performer from the Ten Tenors, Paul Gelsumini, I learn a new adjective – “tenorial”. “We’re not all top end, but everyone has tenorial qualities,” he tells “CityNews”. Well, maybe they’re not Carreras, Pavarotti or Domingo, but they’ve been knocking audiences dead for 15 years. They’ve sung for Oprah, recorded […]

Harp and flute on the menu at Wesley

SOLOS for harp by Carlos Salzedo and Nigel Westlake and duets for harp and flute by Christoph Willibald Gluck, Joseph Jongen, Désiré-Emile Inghelbrecht and Claude Debussy are on the menu for tomorrow’s “Wednesday Lunchtime Live” concert at Wesley Music Centre.   Harpist Rowan Phemister, a Wesley Music instrumental scholar, will join fellow scholar, flautist Matthew Ventura, […]

Passionate love story inspires artistic collaboration

BACK in 2012, the Australian Chamber Orchestra staged, as part of its pop-up concert series at Pier 2/3 in Sydney, an unusual collaboration with Bell Shakespeare. Conceived by Timo-Veikko Valve and directed by co-artistic director of Bell, Peter Evans, the “concert” saw actors Andrea Demetriades and William Zappa read from a selection of letters by […]

Concert honours memory of music world identity

A concert at the High Court of Australia this Sunday will honour the memory of music community identity Marjorie Hoffmann, who died peacefully in her sleep yesterday. The widow of iconic Canberra musician, bandleader, historian, author and music critic, W. L. (Bill) Hoffmann, Marjorie, was a well-known face in Canberra Music circles for six decades, […]

Sydney Eisteddfod makes a move on Canberra

CANBERRANS can look forward to a free pop-up concert from local performing artists with the inaugural “Spotlight on Stars” celebration to be held at on the lawns of Parliament House on Monday. The event is an offshoot of McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod, which regularly chalks up approximately 30,000 individual participants across 331 events, with about 10,000 […]

Oh, come, all ye faithful

PAUL Eldon can hardly conceal his excitement as he conjures up visions of Christmas trees, mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas-themed music, including classic carols, upbeat numbers and more serious offerings. For this year, Christmas is coming early for this enterprising young Englishman. Eldon and David McKay are co-founders of classical voice ensemble Coro, which is […]