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. 

Young choir doesn’t miss a beat

Reviewer LEN POWER praises Luminescence Choir for its high standards and singing abilities.

Fine future for the swansong singer

Reviewer CLINTON WHITE see a strong future for a singer who was performing a swansong in Canberra.

The baton man takes a final bow, for now

For the past few years, whenever there’s been a classical music concert in Canberra, it’s been a fair bet Leonard Weiss was conducting it. But now he's off, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Choir brings out the best in Beethoven

Rowan Harvey-Martin’s decision to program an all-Beethoven concert for The Llewellyn Choir was visionary, coming as it did, just after a recent ABC Classic poll put the master at number one, writes reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Opera has a ‘rocky’ change with the times

Until I know how high-technology works best in opera, discussion of the directing will inevitably swamp the consideration of the music, a pity, since it is music which lies at the heart of opera, writes reviewer HELEN MUSA after seeing "Anna Bolena".

Teen pianist wins a place at top Austrian academy

Sixteen-year-old Canberra pianist Bernice Chau has won a place in the degree program at Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, a specialist music academy in the home town of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, reports arts editor HELEN MUSA.

By the time we got to Woodstock…

It's nearly 50 years since "Woodstock" and, after wearing out her vinyl album in six only months in 1969, our love-not-war, boomer arts editor HELEN MUSA is getting a little nostalgic...

Pure young voices shining for the world

Canberra’s Luminescence Children’s Choir, a lively bunch of youthful treble choristers aged 10-16, will take the stage of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall between July 15 and 21 in the Gondwana World Choral Festival, reports HELEN MUSA.

‘Madama Butterfly’ a sensation but is it opera?

Reviewer HELEN MUSA thinks Graeme Murphy's production of “Madama Butterfly” signals a move into an area of art that has more to do with sensation than opera.

Large audience thrills to triumphant performance

Conductor Leonard Weiss has experienced quite an incredible past few weekends, says reviewer IAN McLEAN.

Upcoming concert plans to open on a high

Tobias Cole is debating whether to wear a back or a white feather boa when he sings the grotesquely beautiful "Roasting swan" aria, “Olim lacus colueram” (Once I swam in lakes), from Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” this weekend.

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