Alicia masterfully puts recorders through their paces

"Rarely is the combination of recorder and string quartet heard or seen anywhere, and that’s a pity because it works so well," says reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

The beautiful voices of Christmas

“Anyone in the audience for this concert has already received their best Christmas present for this year.” Reviewer LEN POWER enjoyed a wonderful concert last night.

Concert thrills the audience right to the encore

The small audience in attendance were all captured and thrilled by the talents of these three performers; there was even an encore, writes ROB KENNEDY.

Music icon Randy Newman to perform in Canberra

Canberra has been added to the national February tour by American music legend Randy Newman.

Boy violinist brings the audience to its feet

Twelve-year-old Christian Li's playing was "simply amazing", writes music reviewer LEN POWER.

Pianist revels in the beating heart of Polish music

Pianist Peter de Jager met all the concert's challenges head-on with confidence and superior virtuosity, writes music reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Big bequest sets Canberra Opera on a professional course

Canberra Opera is to receive a $500,000 bequest and is already planning its future, according to local music sources.

Young violin soloist who loves to play and play 

Canberra Youth Orchestra is pulling out all the stops with a concert that features 12-year-old violin soloist sensation Christian Li.

Powerful performance until the ‘Journey’s End’

It is always a delight to hear Wilson sing and Hicks play. If it’s possible, they seem to be getting better, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY of “Journey’s End”.

Soloists, choir, orchestra all star in ‘Messiah’ performance

The Canberra Choral Society choir was prepared magnificently, writes reviewer CLINTON WHITE. "There was superb balance across the divisions, entries were solid, and pitch was true, even for the sopranos’ impossibly high notes," he says of its standing-ovation performance at last night's "Messiah".

Standing ovation salutes the composing Dooleys

Father-and-son composers Michael and William Dooley electrified the Wesley Centre with new work brilliantly performed by the Llewellyn Choir last night.

Seamless playing of a challenging ‘Olde England’

This was a concert full of extremely bright and passionate music, writes ROB KENNEDY of “Ye Olde England”.

Success follows Dooley to Melbourne for an APRA win

New “CityNews” Artist of the Year, Michael Dooley, has followed his Canberra success with the award for "Best Music for Children’s Television", announced at the 2019 APRA Screen Music Awards held in the Forum, Melbourne, last night (November 20). 

Compelling choral interpretation of Christ’s ordeal

The Oriana Chorale was at the top of its game for "Seven Last Words", led by conductor Dan Walker.

Couple play exceptionally in one of their last ‘consort’ concerts

This was exceptional stuff, as was the playing by all four musicians, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY of about the concert "Double Trouble".

Concert soars to the solo sound of the harp

"There's something special about a harp in a music concert", writes music reviewer LEN POWER, who savoured it in a concert yesterday by Musica Da Camera.

An inventive jazz narrative to remember

COMMISSIONED by The Street Theatre, this narrative song cycle about Australian Dr David Warren, inventor of the black box flight recorder, pairs ARIA-nominated composer Sandra France with Helpmann award-winning lyricist and playwright Alana Valentine.

Lisa’s rich viola playing is a concert rarity

Of particular note throughout the entire concert was the tone projection, superb intonation and beauty of sound from viola player Lisa Berthaud, writes reviewer TONY MAGEE after seeing the Skride Piano Quartet concert.

Book shares lost wartime music with everyone

Lost wartime musical works from the battlefields of World War I are now available to the public after the “Flowers of the Great War Collection” was officially launched in a gala day for Chris Latham yesterday (November 11).

Inspirational concert’s professional but repetitive

With a little tightening, this accessible and professional-looking work would be ideal as a touring piece to events where inspiration is sought, and who doesn’t need a bit of that? writes reviewer HELEN MUSA after seeing “Still, We Rise".





My Summer / Robert Macklin

Author and “CityNews” columnist Robert Macklin loves retreating to Tuross Head in the summer.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin


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