Kate Pass can’t resist the pull of Persian music

Fusing east and west, jazz and classical, the inclusion of WA bass player Kate Pass’s Kohesia ensemble in the National Folk Festival line-up is a clear signal of directions for the future in an increasingly diverse Australia, writes HELEN MUSA.

Spiegeltent’s pop-ups prove a mixed bag

BILL STEPHENS reviews the early evening, one-show only, pop-up performances at the Spiegeltent in Civic Square.

High quality powers through first CSO concert

Conductor Jessica Cottis guided CSO through an excellent first concert, writes IAN McLEAN.

Verse novel reflects on Emily Remler’s life

CANBERRA poet Geoff Page combines his twin loves, jazz and poetry, in a new book, “Elegy for Emily: A Verse Biography of Emily Remler...

Warm oboe sounds shine in recital about love

Doherty took her oboe to its limits, but with consummate skill and ease, never faltering, always assured but with great sensitivity, writes reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Kotaro plays Chopin with ‘flawless energy’

Music / “Polish Dance”, Kotaro Nagano, piano. At the Embassy of Poland, March 27. Reviewed by TONY MAGEE.

Thumbs up, the composer liked it, too

Music / "Last Verses", Canberra Sinfonia and Luminescence Chamber Singers, Wesley Uniting Church, March 23. Reviewed by LEN POWER.

Unusual concert of music that heals

An unusual concert last night at the Larry Sitsky Room, ANU School of Music, saw the culmination of a week-long residency involving German neurologist/flautist Prof Eckart Altenmüller, an authority in the area of music and the mind.

Canberra musicians at home in highland festival

A boutique music festival amid the autumn leaves of the Southern Highlands is coming up in historic St Jude’s Church, Bowral, and Canberra artists have a strong presence, writes HELEN MUSA.

Concert celebrates Canberra’s young musicians

CANBERRA’s Young Music Society celebrated its 50th birthday yesterday (March 17) in a relaxed, community-friendly concert at Albert Hall.  Guests were welcomed in music by...

Leading professor says music moves minds

A leading world authority on music and neurophysiology is coming to the ANU School of Music this week, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Cuban flair gets a twist of American jazz

THE Afro-Cuban All Stars are coming to town and with them a whiff of the Buena Vista Social Club. Those famous names are intertwined with...

Kids’ group turns 50 years young

CANBERRA’S Young Music Society is turning 50 and its director-manager, the composer Stephen Leek, is cooking up a rare feast to mark the years...

Time flies for unusual concert

Music / Beethoven & Prokofiev. Australian Chamber Orchestra. At Llewellyn Hall, March 9. Reviewed by Graham McDonald THIS was an unusual concert in that all...

Arts / All for the music of Nashville

LARS Pluto seems like an unlikely name for a country star, and it is. For as “CityNews” found when we caught up with the Atlanta-born...

Review / Exploring sonatas for oboe and violin

Music / "A Concert of Trio Sonatas". Limestone Consort. At St Paul's Church, Manuka. March 3. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Review / Concert of the extraordinary

Music / "Treble Helix Unlocked". The Song Company. At Wesley Uniting Church, March 1. Reviewed by Graham McDonald

Review / Breathing fire into new season

music / "Root Position", Selby & Friends, Llewellyn Hall, February 28. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Arts / Violinist Dan has a taste for Canberra

SYDNEY’S newest string quartet is coming to town and its livewire founder, Perth-raised violinist Dan Russell, has a strong Canberra connection – in fact...

Review / String Quartet thrives in superb Sunday concert

music / “Haydn Winkelman Sibelius”, Australian String Quartet, National Gallery of Australia, February 24. Reviewed by TONY MAGEE




Fred takes up with warriors

Canberra troubadour Fred Smith will sing highlights from his new album “Warries” on Anzac Eve and at the Australian War Memorial’s National Anzac service, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.


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