‘Spellbinding’ music crosses cultures and centuries

After a spellbinding couple of days at the 2021 Four Winds Festival, the final day, Sunday, April 4, hosted more musical and artistic treats, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Music and the arts fill the air

After a year’s hiatus because of covid, the Four Winds Festival was back stronger than before, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Unusual Passion music puts choir to the test

Reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD enjoys a concert with a different approach in combining elements of liturgical choral music with a jazz accompaniment.

Kingston Fitters’ Workshop safe for artists

News that ArtsACT plans to turn the Kingston Fitters’ Workshop into offices has been comprehensively denied by an officer from ArtsACT, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Cottis’ clear, confident direction makes an impact

Deadly sins, dance music for elephants, disco, Dixieland and doom metal… what a way to make an impact, writes reviewer IAN McLEAN.

Sophisticated event with a tone of joyous relief

Arts editor HELEN MUSA immediately picked up on the tone of joyous relief pervading the Bowral Autumn Music Festival at being back into live performances.

Beautiful singing throughout in ‘Stabat Mater’

Greta Claringbould and Maartje Sevenster sang beautifully throughout, and the five string players were well-balanced, writes reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD.

Empathetic perfomance of rare works

Cleary and Raineri gave a performance that, not only was packed full of virtuosity, but also was in superb balance, and with a clarity that only brilliant artists could achieve, writes reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

In sensations, this was a ‘Traviata’ to remember

A PUMPED-UP crowd greeted the revival of an old favourite, “La Traviata”, with understandable enthusiasm, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Music by living Canberra composers

The quality and innovative music of these three composers from Canberra proves that new music is not the turn-off it once was for so many, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY. 

Good folk gather in Queanbeyan for a festival

All eyes will be on Queanbeyan over the coming Easter weekend as the inaugural Good Folk festival swings into action.

Alice’s adventures in ‘deep listening’

Harpist Alice Giles is embarking on a collaboration with her daughter Moran Wiesel, exploring the relationship between musician and listener.

Luminous voices shine brightly

Luminescence Chamber Singers got off to an exquisite musical start on Friday (March 19) at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery with the announcement of the 2021 season.

Anfiloff’s electrifying voice has the power to thrill

Soprano Sonia Anfiloff makes her recitals a powerful, emotional and joyful experience. But it is her electrifying voice that makes the most impact, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Bernice brings finesse and grace to the piano

"WHAT an amazingly talented young performer is Canberra’s Bernice Chua! " says reviewer IAN McLEAN.

Music triumphs over ‘unsettled’ acting

"AN attempt to dramatise three very different song works proved to be a challenge that the Song Company was unable to meet effectively," says reviewer LEN POWER.

The baritone who makes true love difficult

Baritone Michael Honeyman is a veteran of Opera Australia’s “Opera on the Harbour”, but this is his first time in the pivotal role of Germont in “La Traviata”.

Griffyn finally gets to play its ‘Stolen’ works

The Griffyn Ensemble has evolved tremendously since their first performances well over a decade ago, says reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD, and "this work is quite magnificent in its concept".

Rare performance from enthusiastic, young players

"This is a group of enthusiastic young musicians who are commissioning new work from young composers and pushing themselves with established repertoire, which can only be applauded and encouraged," writes reviewer GRAHAM McDONALD. Canberra Sinfonia, “Appalachian Spring & Sinclair,” Wesley Uniting Church, March 13. Reviewed by GRAHAM MCDONALD.

Review / ‘Brilliant’ start to the Musica Viva season

“Whatever the expectations for this concert, they were exceeded. Decisively,” writes reviewer CLINTON WHITE.





Artsday / Opera bursts into being

The National Opera bursts into being this weekend with Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA in her daily arts round-up.


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