Four musos shine through a concert of blemishes

In a city of almost half a million people and one of the most affluent societies in Australia, Canberra currently has an orchestra which is not full-time and not up to scratch, writes TONY MAGEE.

Unstoppable voices unite for a unique show

Canberra has a lively new vocal group, the Australian Voice Collective, and they’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for their first concert, writes HELEN MUSA.

Canberra music honoured in national awards

Canberra musical initiatives were among those honoured in the 2019 ART Music Awards, announced tonight (August 19) at the University of Sydney's Great Hall. 

Pianist shines through music inspired by icons

Excellent vocal harmonies were complimented by the outstanding, sensitive and beautifully balanced piano accompaniments from Nikulina throughout the entire concert, writes reviewer TONY MAGEE.

Concert ends in ‘rapturous’ applause

Luminescence Chamber Singers reached, at times, a cappella vocal heights of sublime beauty and exquisite harmony and balance, writes TONY MAGEE.

Hypnotic music crosses many genres

Australians and New Zealanders should get out to experience Spirograph Studies while they are on tour, because they are worth the effort, writes ROB KENNEDY.

Big band to put pace into circus performance

Swingin' Circus Cabaret is a new venture by Warehouse Circus and Spectrum Big Band combining a circus variety show with jazz and swing music played by a big band, reports HELEN MUSA.

Solo encore caps off a ‘riveting’ concert

The Limestone consort was fully on song and played the best this reviewer has heard them perform, writes ROB KENNEDY.

Singing section grows after period of doubt

More than 100 individual competitors took part in this year’s Australian National Eisteddfod singing section, writes HELEN MUSA.

Orchestra plays with uplifting sadness until the end

It is as though the 18 players in the band are one, producing music that embraces the very soul, taking it to a higher plane, writes CLINTON WHITE.

Extreme journey to Outback and beyond

The audience was transported, transfixed, inspired and swept through such a labyrinth of emotions: dramatic, sensual, mystical, primal, rhythmic and melodic, writes reviewer TONY MAGEE about the “The Beauty of Living Sound”.

Weiss brings out the best of the orchestra

Leonard Weiss had the orchestra sounding the best I had heard, writes CLINTON WHITE.

Next CSO season will be Milton’s last

“New Spaces” is to be the title of the farewell season for 14-year-long chief conductor and artistic director of Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Milton, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Whiteley’ gets an emotional response

There is a certain magnificence to Opera Australia’s newly commissioned production of “Whiteley”, drawing to a close in an all-too-short season at the Sydney Opera House, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Awesome orchestra greeted with whooping and cheering

“Almost as one, the audience rose to its feet for sustained applause and multiple curtain calls for the orchestra and its conductor.” Reviewer CLINTON WHITE revels in the Australian World Orchestra.

What a difference a year makes

“Canberra Sinfonia demonstrated with this birthday concert that it is a major force in the Canberra musical scene,” writes reviewer LEN POWER.

Concert brings together the future of music

This weekend 40 regional music students will be taking part in orchestral tutorials with musicians from the Australian World Orchestra and the ANU School of Music in a four-day orchestra camp held in Goulburn and Canberra.

Chunky orchestra with a big, fat, romantic sound

The chunky, fat, romantic Australian World Orchestra is coming to Canberra for the first time, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

ACT musicians head to Art Music Awards

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre have today (Tuesday July 16) announced the finalists for the 2019 Art Music Awards and the Canberra International Music Festival is in the running to win the "Award for Excellence" in the organisation category.

Community Chorale sings with promise

This was an interestingly programmed concert from the Canberra Community Chorale, writes reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD. 




Review / Theatrical magic not to be missed

When all the elements come together so well in the theatre, as it does in this production of "Shakespeare in Love", it’s magic and not to be missed, says reviewer LEN POWER.

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