Review / Training orchestra rises to the occasion

Music / “50th Anniversary Concert”. James McCusker Orchestra. At Albert Hall, November 30. Reviewed by TONY MAGEE

Concert of great musicians gather to celebrate Sitsky

A crowd of former students, eminent musicians and well-wishers packed into the Larry Sitsky Recital Room at the ANU School of Music last night to celebrate the 85th birthday of the man after him the room was named.

Review / Up close and musically immersive

“Classic Opera”, Musica da Camera, at Holy Covenant Anglian Church, Cook, September 22. Reviewed by GRAHAM MCDONALD.

Review / Enjoyable evening of difficult music

Music / “Llewellyn Series” concert one, Canberra Symphony Orchestra. At Llewellyn Hall, Wednesday, February 21. Reviewed by IAN McLEAN

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.

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.

Puccini to tear at the heartstrings in “Voices”

HERE at "CityNews", we’ve been checking our smartphones to see if there's a message from "Voices in the Forest" about tomorrow's likely weather, but...

Review / Performers star in new concert concept

Music / Side-By-Side Chamber Orchestra, ANU. At Llewellyn Hall, May 30. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY

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.

Rupert’s mighty bite of Big Apple success

During a recent visit to New York, arts editor HELEN MUSA catches up with a young Canberran with Manhattan at his feet

Arts / The Little Prince gets loved-up again

“THE Little Prince” (Le Petit Prince), the 1943 novella by French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is one of the world's best-loved works of literature...

Review / Setting free the saxophones

Music / Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Australian Series. Sydney Conservatorium of Music Saxophone Orchestra. At the National Portrait Gallery, May 17. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

Brilliant Eloise Fisher blesses community orchestra

Clarinettist Eloise Fisher's brilliant performance was surely inspirational for the orchestra members who shared the stage with her, says reviewer IAN McLEAN.

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...

Arts / Hitting a saw point with the musical Kranskys

THINGS get off to a bumpy start when “CityNews” speaks by phone to comedian Mourne Kransky, even as she’s cranking up the old 1950...

Show for swinging voters on election night

OBVIOUSLY no-one warned them, but the The Glenn Miller Orchestra is booked to play the Canberra Theatre on the ACT election night, October 20.  Nevertheless,...

Review / Masterful performance by saxophonist Nick

Music / “Recital Four”. Nick Russoniello, saxophone. At Wesley Music Centre, September 2. Reviewed by TONY MAGEE

Review / Gilby masterfully leads a ‘stand-out’ concert

Music / “Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets”, Barbara Jane Gilby and friends. At Wesley Music Centre, August 26. Reviewed by TONY MAGEE

Review / ’80s pop hits star in Song Company mashup

Was it a play, a musical, the theatre of the absurd or a surrealist mashup of music from the 1980s with a story that was almost impossible to fathom? Whatever it was, the Song Company that brought it all together, writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

A mania for opera: The Russians are coming

WHEN Anthony Steel was offered to get involved in the coming operatic spectacle “OperaMania” he jumped at the chance, and not just for the...

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