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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 […]

Long players: secrets of the Rolling Stones longevity

By Peter Tregear, Australian National University THE Rolling Stones are currently nearing the end of their seventh (and quite possibly last) tour of Australia and – despite cancelling the Hanging Rock gig due to Mick Jagger’s throat infection – are still going strong, as is their fan base. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (both 1962 founding […]

Arts / Rusanda readies to spark gypsy fire

CANBERRA-bound violinist Rusanda Panfili may be a fun-loving girl in one of the world’s most exciting cities, but she is a serious artist who leads a disciplined private life. “It’s very difficult, I must combine my friendships with my job, but fortunately my dear friends are musicians,” says the 25-year-old Vienna-based performer, where she’s completing […]

Arts / Surprises in Canberra Theatre’s celebratory season

TO dark-voiced cabaret star and MC Mikelangelo, it was a once-in-50-year opportunity to celebrate. To theatregoers keen to hear the Canberra Theatre’s selection of theatrical goodies for 2015 it was a chance to “oooh” and “aahh” at novelties, old favourites and one or two surprises at the 2013 subscription season on Monday (October 20). With […]

Young pianists on parade at Wesley

PIANO students from the studios of Elena Nikulina and Natalia Tkachenko will perform tomorrow as part of the Wesley Music’s Lunchtime concert series. The young pianists will present a wide range of music, including variations on a theme from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and works by Diabelli, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Poulenc and Chopin. Nikulina graduated in […]