Tears and laughter for domesticated Fred Smith

Reviewer ROB KENNEDY felt the love in the room when Fred Smith introduced his new album "Domestic".

Song Company sings through psalms

GRAHAM McDONALD reviews the resurrected Song Company's first performance in Canberra for the year.

Compelling music celebrates Beethoven’s birth

Impeccable tuning, excellent balance and fine dynamic contrast and control featured throughout, with complete understanding between the players, writes music reviewer IAN McLEAN after watching the Australian String Quartet perform yesterday (February 10).

Jazz ‘supergroup’ plays one great performance

While they don’t have a name, yet, they should be called “One” because they make one great sound and give one great performance, writes music reviewer ROB KENNEDY about "jazz legends" Mike Nock, Jonathan Swartz, Julien Wilson and Hamish Stuart.

Sydney Consort’s farewell ends on a superb note

The Sydney Consort delivered a superbly played concert for their appreciative audience in the Wesley Music Centre, writes reviewer LEN POWER.

Three brilliant bursts of ‘living’ Beethoven

Reviewer CLINTON WHITE discovers a 'living, breathing' Beethoven in the hands of Richard Tognetti.

Shortis and Simpson to sing for Cobargo

CANBERRA’S (and Bungendore’s) most enduring musical satirists, Shortis and Simpson, are marking 25 years of mocking our great and good by staging two fundraiser concerts for the Cobargo Community Bushfire Recovery Fund.

Haydn crew turn in a ‘near faultless’ performance

GRAHAM McDONALD reviews a concert from the Australian Haydn Ensemble.

Lorina Gore stars in National Opera’s inaugural show

THE secret is out — Canberra-raised opera star Lorina Gore will perform the lead role in Puccini’s “La Rondine” for the inaugural production of the newly-launched Canberra company, National Opera.

Don Giovanni gets his just deserts after a long night

OPERA Australia’s revival of British director David McVicar’s sumptuous production of “Don Giovanni” is first and foremost, under the baton of Chinese maestro Xu Zhong, a feast of exquisite music.

Funding bodies ‘don’t get’ SoundOut, says founder

“SoundOut“ founder-director Richard Johnson prepares for its 11th iteration, amid continued lack of funding, says HELEN MUSA

Vanessa Amorosi headlines multicultural festival

SINGER-songwriter Vanessa Amorosi is headlining this year's National Multicultural Festival in February.

Peter plans a ‘big bang’ start to new opera company

IT’S “addio” Canberra Opera and “benvenuto” National Opera, as arts editor HELEN MUSA discovered during a recent meeting with celebrated Australian baritone Peter Coleman-Wright.

The divine Miss Alcorn bedazzles

"As diverting and razor sharp as are Catherine Alcorn’s comedic skills, it’s her talents as a superlative songstress that had her audience demanding more songs from her" writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS.  

Asta headlines New Year’s Eve concert

Local and Australian artists will play their music into the New Year in Civic on New Year’s Eve, with Aussie pop artist Asta headlining the event. 

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.





Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN has a look at the dog-eat-dog National Party leadership tensions.


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