Arts editor HELEN MUSA talks to classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, who will be playing in Canberra soon.
An SOS has arrived at the arts desk from composer and music educator, Judith Clingan, director of Wayfarers Australia Choir.
Four Winds Music Festival at Bermagui has announced a new partnership with the National Museum of Australia’s "Cultural Connections" program.
"The next concert in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s Llewellyn series looks like being a "Who’s Who" of musical talent, but there’s an intriguing local twist, too," writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.
Musica Viva Australia has today (June 3) announced that incoming artistic director Paul Kildea will assume artistic leadership of the organisation in mid-2019 following the 20-year tenure of Carl Vine, which concludes at the end of this year.
"Few musical experiences can compare to the sound of a choir of unaccompanied human voices. When it’s six female artists from The Luminescence Chamber Singers that experience becomes sublime," says reviewer ROB KENNEDY.
The Australian National Eisteddfod, one of the largest and longest running performing arts ventures in town, has a mission to promote participation in the performing arts, says bands and orchestras convener Simon Best.
"Like many others I simply shook my head in disbelief, I’ve never seen or heard anything like it!" Reviewer IAN McLEAN thrills to The Idea of North concert.
"Youth, creativity and the natural world were on the program for this concert by the Australian String Quartet," writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.
"Double Bill +" was an ambitious program for any orchestra, but the local Maruki Community Orchestra showed that it relished a challenge and produced a credible afternoon of fine music, says reviewer LEN POWER.
Oriana Chorale was disciplined with fine balance, lovely clarity of tone and obvious joy in singing and mastering complex music, writes reviewer IAN McLEAN.
“Orchestras around Australia help inspire student musicians along their path to the professional world, but here the Canberra Symphony Orchestra actually gives students a chance to perform with it side by side,” writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.
"Russian Lullaby" was a nicely balanced concert of Russian songs with generally lighter works in the first half and a more sombre and dramatic tone for the second, writes reviewer LEN POWER.
"This gala opera presentation, staged in memory of the late Richard Gill, was a cut above the usual run of 'great hits from opera", and no wonder – it had been entirely programmed by Gill himself before his death in October," writes reviewer HELEN MUSA.
There are arias and scenes from opera in which letters are written or received, so it was an inspiring idea to present a collection of these in a recital, says reviewer LEN POWER.
Composer Chris Sainsbury is analysing the "disrespectful" way some non-indigenous composers have made use of Aboriginal themes and culture, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.
There were belly laughs, tears, solemn reflections and moving poignancy during this marvellous concert performed by Fred Smith, Canberra’s own amazingly gifted storyteller and singer/songwriter last night, says reviewer IAN McLEAN.
Reviewer JUDITH CRISPIN shares her cultural discomfort with some of the work presented at the Four Winds Festival.
Music/ Review: Four Winds Easter Festival, Bermagui, April 18-21. Reviewed by JUDITH CRISPIN.
Twenty-two choristers from the Australian Rugby Choir are packing their bags for the 2019 International Male Choral Festival, the largest event of its kind in the world, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.