Times are changed, but Haydn rewards live listeners

As always, the Australian Haydn Ensemble rewards listeners with well-thought-out programs, sprightly playing and a sense of enjoyment. Reviewed by GRAHAM McDONALD.

Festive music rules the weekend

MUSIC photographer Peter Hislop had his time cut out for him this weekend as he hotfooted it from one musical event to another.

Paco brings flamenco flair and then some

"There was loads of pure flamenco technique from Paco Lara at the heart of the music, but also a willingness to take the music in new directions," writes reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Enveloped by the power and joy of music

"Taking their inspiration from the words in Franz Schubert’s song 'An Die Musik' (To Music), Bethany Hill, soprano, and Penelope Cashman, piano, gave a concert... of power and joy," says reviewer LEN POWER.

Contrasting generations of music

The distance between Mozart and Borodin on the time scale is not that far apart, but as the Grevillea Quartet showed in their first concert of the year, generations separate their music. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Wonderfully specific musical focus

Polifemy is a small, all-female choir originally formed in 2008 to sing unaccompanied vocal music composed by nuns of the Renaissance.

A festive day of youthful music making

"The contribution from Music for Canberra to musical development in Canberra may not be well known as yet, but I would make a strong recommendation after seeing and hearing this concert, writes IAN McLEAN.

Sinfonia crosses centuries with contrasting works

RECENTLY returned from musical studies in the US, Leonard Weiss conducted the Canberra Sinfonia in its only concert for this year.  It was good to have them all back, says reviewer LEN POWER.

Musical winners take to the stage with ‘flair’

A musical celebration to be staged by Music for Canberra this weekend will showcase the winners of the Music for Canberra Concerto Competition, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Canberra composer in double win at Screen Music Awards

A Canberran film composer who never studied at a conservatorium was announced as a double winner at tonight’s (December 1) virtual Screen Music Awards.

Chaos and comedy at ‘Faulty’ Towers

The long-running tribute “Faulty Towers the Dining Experience”, is coming to Canberra for one show only, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly Arts in the City column.

Two ‘sublime professionals’ play an unforgettable concert

When two of Australia’s most talented musicians get together for a concert of fascinating music, the outcome was always going to be one of sublime pleasure, and it was, writes music reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Jazz graduate busks her way to a win

SECOND place-winner in the under-18s category, duo TacocaT, stole the show with their showbiz savvy when the Braddon Busking Competition for 2020 wound up...

How good it was to hear live music again

How good to hear live music again, and played so very well, writes reviewer IAN McLEAN of the CSO's 'Live at Llewellyn'.

Aya flies swiftly to the top

Canberra singer/songwriter Aya Yves has been selected as one of two emerging artists to perform at the first “Express Yourself – Queer Discovery" music showcase this weekend. 

Latham’s marches on to a new battlefield

Chris Latham has turned his attention to the Vietnam war for 'The Vietnam Requiem', and it’s been quite a learning curve, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Sinuous sounds to emotional wrath in recital

In “By Royal Favour” soprano Sarahlouise Owens and pianist Natalia Tkachenko presented much-loved music by 19th century royals. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Peelman’s bringing Vienna to Canberra

Canberra International Music Festival’s director Roland Peelman today (November 23) launched the 2021 autumn event, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Phoenix rises to make the most of folk

Folk music can be problematic when played by classical performers.But as reviewer GRAHAM MCDONALD reports the Phoenix Collectives program was carefully chosen and well played .

Reksten steps in at Music for Canberra

Cellist Lindy Reksten will step down from her position as vice chair of Music for Canberra's board to take up the role of interim artistic co-convenor.

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