AUTHOR: Suzanne Yanko

Music for a traditional Melbourne Christmas

28th November, 2017

Every year it’s the same delicious dilemma: which of the offerings on  a groaning musical Christmas table tempts us most?  The sensory pleasure of traditional concerts at this time makes the food and drink image very apt, although you can sample a lot of it without feeling too full! This year  we have the usual…Read More

Hoang Pham with Zelman Symphony

13th November, 2017

The pianist Hoang Pham has long been a friend to Classic Melbourne  since performing at our launch four  years ago and we keep a particular interest in his career.  Following successful collaboration with Zelman Symphony, Hoang is planning another concert, but is more involved in the whole  event than soloists  usually are. We think he has…Read More

An Australian Christmas

28th October, 2017

Whatever your faith, or views about Christmas, these last weeks before the main event make it a great time to be a music-lover in Melbourne. Not only do the big companies pull out all the stops with full-on productions of ballet, pantomime and even opera, symphony orchestras look through their scores for music with popular…Read More

A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire -Review

21st September, 2017

Everyone who is interested in dance, or even theatre, knows the name of Fred Astaire. As we are told in this comprehensive portrait of possibly the world’s greatest dancer, Fred left many films and television shows as well as appearing in books and other memorabilia.  So what is the value in seeing two young Australians…Read More

My Fair Lady

19th May, 2017

We didn’t manage to get a program on a busy opening night, but all the information was consistent: this was to be a recreation of the 1956 Broadway production of My Fair Lady, courtesy of the producers and Opera Australia. The choice of the original Eliza, Julie Andrews, as director only served to underline the…Read More

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

1st May, 2017

What’s it like to be part of an overseas orchestra, as many Australians are? Now Principal Flautist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Meg Sterling grew up in Shepparton in country Victoria. She says life was all about football, not music, but she was actively encouraged by her parents who drove her to Melbourne for…Read More

Music for Refugees

8th February, 2017

If, like Classic Melbourne, you’ve been disheartened by events at home and in the USA, especially in relation to the treatment of refugees, there are some good news stories if you look for them. We’re proud to report that often musicians can be found at the heart of those stories, as when the (mostly poor…Read More

Australian musicians honoured

29th January, 2017

Once again the Australia Day Honours list is big on sport and community service, but it’s less cognisant of the contribution from the arts. Musicians, especially those well known throughout Australia, do better than many other artists. This year, the full list includes celebrated Australian singers Jimmy Barnes, Nick Cave, Paul Kelly and Anthony Warlow.…Read More

Give music a sporting chance

2nd January, 2017

With the 2017 school year in sight, and difficult decisions to be made about the allocation of sparse funds, Classic Melbourne introduces a new feature of our site: advocacy, particularly for fine music and our youngest listeners. We can hardly believe that the old argument of music versus sport is still alive and well, whichever…Read More

Australian connection on Guardian list

1st January, 2017

Classic Melbourne is accustomed to overseas “best of” lists ignoring Australia, but we’re gratified at a strong connection within The Guardian’s Best of Classical CDs of 2016. Reviewer Andrew Clements wrote this about number 8 on his list. WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die) (Goerne, DeYoung, Skelton, Melton, P. Lang, Struckmann, Hong Kong Philharmonic, van Zweden) (Naxos, three CDs) “In what…Read More