Boyd meets girl… has baby

Arts editor HELEN MUSA talks to classical guitarist Rupert Boyd, who will be playing in Canberra soon.

Choir calls out for accommodation help

An SOS has arrived at the arts desk from composer and music educator, Judith Clingan, director of Wayfarers Australia Choir.

Four Winds seeks Aboriginal team member

Four Winds Music Festival at Bermagui has announced a new partnership with the National Museum of Australia’s "Cultural Connections" program.

Cello concerto remembers Nelson Cooke

"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.

Paul Kildea will head Musica Viva

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.

Sublime performance of female voices

"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.

Eisteddfod builds confidence in bands

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. 

‘I’ve never seen or heard anything like it!’ says critic

"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.

Quartet’s gusto wows the audience.

"Youth, creativity and the natural world were on the program for this concert by the Australian String Quartet," writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Memorable playing just for the joy of it

"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.

Walker comes through with a vibrant and fresh concert

Oriana Chorale was disciplined with fine balance, lovely clarity of tone and obvious joy in singing and mastering complex music, writes reviewer IAN McLEAN.

The orchestra takes sides with students

“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.

Memorable afternoon of song

"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.

Tribute to a ‘titan’ of music

"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.

Opening letters to musical effect

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 challenges the ‘gods’

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.

Laconic Fred turns on the emotion

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.

Music festival failed my Aboriginality, says Judith Crispin

Reviewer JUDITH CRISPIN shares her cultural discomfort with some of the work presented at the Four Winds Festival.

Musicians strengthen community spirit at Four Winds

Music/ Review: Four Winds Easter Festival, Bermagui, April 18-21. Reviewed by JUDITH CRISPIN.

Rugby crew head off to a hell of a gig

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.




Remembering freedom’s struggle

In this sponsored post, “CityNews” meets experts around Canberra who celebrate Statehood Day, which marks Croatia’s Declaration of Independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991.

Digital edition June 13


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