Star conductor sacked days before youth concert

Just days before she was due to conduct the Canberra Youth Orchestra in its winter recital, well-respected musical director Rowan Harvey-Martin has been sacked by Music For Canberra.

CSO to celebrate China’s cultural and musical heritage

In “East Meets West”, Guy Noble will conduct a 50-piece orchestra comprising musicians from leading symphony orchestras, says arts editor HELEN MUSA in her weekly "Arts in the City" column.

Russell sparks fireworks from his violin

Musica da Camera's "Music for the People catches the ear of reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Warm lows and sweet highs provide emotional power

Cameron’s complex vocal arrangements are well executed by the accomplished cast with moments of spine-tingling dissonance, says reviewer SIMONE PENKETHMAN.

Highly textured harmonies that defy description

Despite a slight hitch, “Burden of Truth” was a concert of the highest quality, says reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Bryn knows the score when it comes to composing

BRYN Evans may write music from a small studio in a corner of Gorman House next to Civic, but it’s heard by millions of people around the world.

Reel world will have to wait, Roger’s on the road

Film music composer Roger Mason hasn't toured with a band for 30 years. But he's back on tour with Steve Kilbey and loving it.

Friends unite in reconciliation concert

NMA director Mathew Trinca urged the crowd at the Reconciliation Week concert on Saturday morning (June 5) to engage with the Ngunnawal language.

‘Exquisite’ Gore exudes star quality in spades

The rapport between Lorina Gore and her accompanist Alan Hicks was obvious as they seemingly breathed together, says reviewer BILL STEPHENS.

Enthusiastic applause for new ensemble

Both works were received with enthusiastic applause, foot stamping and hoots of delight, in an auspicious beginning to this quartet, says reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Latham’s ‘Vietnam Requiem’ a moving triumph

"CHRISTOPHER Latham’s “Vietnam Requiem” was a triumph and quite possibly the most moving concert performance this writer has ever attended," writes reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Haydn’s devilishly delightful symphonies and serenades

Exploring large-scale chamber works, the Australian Haydn Ensemble has hit onto a magical formula so audiences can experience symphonies and serenades in an intimate setting, says reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Festive atmosphere for an affectionate farewell

A long, rather gorgeous viola solo, given subtle accompaniment on the other instruments, seemed to fit the occasion of violist Stephen King's farewell perfectly, says reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Dean’s unexpected combinations are a treat to the ear

The highlight of the concert was Paul Dean's new Symphony, commissioned for the AWO, writes reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Concert of celebration for orchestra’s return

When students enter a university hall, the ambience becomes one of energy; in this concert, it was doubly so, flowing from stage and audience alike, says reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Celebrating the man behind Wesley’s ‘musical excellence’

It was an exceedingly sprightly Garth Mansfield who turned up at Wesley Music Centre last Friday (May 21) for his own 90th birthday party, thrown by staff and admirers to acknowledge his boundless energy, drive and focus.

Rachel opens people’s hearts with her ‘big sing’

Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week (May 27-June 3), choral director Rachel Hore hopes to highlight the role singing plays in creating community and bridging cultural differences.

A musical triumph over a contentious war

Because the war is still very much a living issue for people, director of "The Vietnam Requiem", Chris Latham, admits this work has a lot to do with mental health.

Ethereally beautiful songs alive with atmosphere

Soprano Susannah Lawergren and pianist Maciej Pawela presented songs by four very different composers under the title “Fairy Tales From Home".

An amazing concert for the eyes and the ears

"This is a concert that must be seen. Hearing it is not enough. It was full of play and colour and many incredible techniques," writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.





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