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Ethel Merman – Queen of Broadway

22nd June, 2017

Anyone familiar with classic music theatre will know the name Ethel Merman. But how many of us really know what she was like? That could be a little difficult as she has been dead for some years, but cabaret artist Jon Jackson has the answer in Ethel Merman – Queen of Broadway, which opened in…Read More

MSO: Haydn’s Creation

20th June, 2017

For the third and final performance of Haydn’s masterpiece The Creation, a good number entered the comfortable Hamer Hall over an hour early, to hear MSO’s Director of Artistic Planning, Ronald Vermeulen’s well-attended and informative pre-concert talk. Rarely for the Classical Period, where music was usually ‘”absolute’” this work draws on the many opportunities for…Read More

Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra – ARCO

7th June, 2017

It was barely a week since Melbourne audiences had been lured from their cosy homes to the different but still attractive warmth of the Melbourne Recital Centre, again to hear an orchestra that had travelled from Sydney. There the similarities stopped. The very name of the newcomers proclaimed their major point of difference from the…Read More

ABO and Circa: Spanish Baroque

7th June, 2017

Melbourne has no shortage of fine musicians and full orchestras, but visitors are generally welcome, particularly those that bring a different perspective to both audiences and fellow-musicians alike. So it was in May, hot on the heels of the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Melbourne concert, we were treated to concerts by visitors far closer to us…Read More

Nikolai Demidenko

4th June, 2017

London-based Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko is a frequent and welcome visitor to our shores. As part of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s successful Great Performer Series he replaced the previously advertised French pianist Hélène Grimaud, offering a program of Scarlatti and Schubert and, as expected, did not disappoint the large audience in attendance at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.…Read More

Hello Dolly!

31st May, 2017

Having not seen a live production of this show ever, and with only a distant memory of the film version to draw on, I approached this with many questions. With Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman (based on a book by Michael Stewart), and having first been seen on Broadway in 1964, does the work…Read More

MSO plays Petrushka

29th May, 2017

Tonight’s program opened with the premier performance of MSO Composer-in-Residence Elena Kats Chernin’s Big Rhap. A lushly orchestrated and highly energetic score, it seems to draw eclectic inspiration from Grieg and Liszt here, Strauss and Gershwin there. Richly cinematic, perhaps most of all it reveals itself to be a work inspired by 1940s Hollywood, all…Read More

Opera Australia: King Roger

28th May, 2017

Opera Australia really has broken new territory in this recent production, mounting the first opera in Polish the company has ever performed. They could scarcely have chosen a better work than Syzmanowski’s Król Roger, which the composer conceived in the light of travel in the Mediterranean and developed with the co-operation of his cousin and…Read More

Affine Territories

28th May, 2017

It takes a determined spirit of enterprise to become established in the increasingly crowded landscape of small chamber groups, and Affinity Collective certainly has that. St Kilda’s George Hotel, the venue for Wednesday night’s concert, initially appeared to present some insurmountable obstacles for even those intrepid musicians. Upon entering, even the building’s historic charms couldn’t…Read More

Spooky Men’s Chorale

26th May, 2017

A large woman was holding forth to her friends in the foyer “I lived surrounded by hippies in the 60’s and 70’s, but my god, have you ever seen anything like this crowd? Look at how they’re dressed! Look at that one – what a throwback!” she barked. Dressed in my best Melbourne black, I…Read More