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Nothing like a Dame – or two

26th March, 2017

‘Never let the truth get in the way of a good story’ is a line we hear in a delightful show that recently premiered at Beleura House in Mornington. This historic home and gardens are a perfect setting for There is Absolutely Nothing Like A Dame or “Sing ‘em Muck!”, a fictitious imagining of an…Read More

Andrew Killian and Ako Kondo.

Australian Ballet: Faster

22nd March, 2017

Last Friday night’s premiere of the Australian Ballet’s contemporary program, entitled “Faster” featured three quick-pulse dances. The opening number was choreographed by British dance maker David Bently. Faster was originally set in 2012 as a tribute to the London Olympics and is set to a composition by Matthew Hindson. The urgent, at times dissonant, score…Read More

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Koyaanisqatsi with Philip Glass Ensemble

17th March, 2017

What better way to commemorate the 80th birthday of composer Philip Glass, than with a screening of Koyaanisqatsi, accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack by the Philip Glass Ensemble. First to the film: released in 1982, Godfrey Reggio’s *Koyaanisqatsi* took more than five years to film, and forms the first of what was to…Read More

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Victorian Opera’s Sleeping Beauty

16th March, 2017

Respighi’s music is mostly familiar through such works as Ancient Airs and Dances, The Birds, The Fountains of Rome – all works of great descriptive charm illuminated by exemplary orchestrations. I had heard a few of his solo songs, and been struck by his mastery of vocal writing too, so it was with considerable excitement…Read More

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Diva Moments

13th March, 2017

Most people would be very happy to have a great singing voice. Just one would do. But Christina Bianco has about fifty! How can this be fair? Or even possible? On Thursday night at the Alex Theatre, St Kilda, a full house of enthusiastic lovers of song were treated to a feast of vocal prowess…Read More

Director Nick Deutsch.

Academy plans a busy year

8th March, 2017

With a projected 180 concerts and events encompassing all Australian states, it will be a busy year for the Australian National Academy of Music. As an institution of international standing, ANAM is also forging links with the world’s most prestigious music organisations; gifted violinist Harry Bennetts is currently an Academy player on an exchange with…Read More

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The Production Company in 2017

1st March, 2017

Now in its 19th year of bringing musical delights to Melbourne audiences, The Production Company’s 2017 season is an eclectic one. We have a popular traditional musical in Hello Dolly! a rarely-performed classic in Brigadoon, and a rock musical revival with Jesus Christ Super Star. Definitely a case of something for everyone! The 2017 season…Read More

Philip Feinstein with some of the guitars for Villawood.

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

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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

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Richard Mills’ Tribute

19th January, 2017

Richard Sydney Divall (1945 – 2017) Richard Divall’s great contribution to opera was in Melbourne, and Victoria generally. Fellow conductor, Richard Mills, the Artistic Director of Victorian Opera, sums up the legacy of a much-loved musician with a passion for opera … “Richard Divall is a seminal figure in the history of opera in Australia.…Read More