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Port Fairy Spring Music Festival "Emergence" 11-13 October 2019

O Brave New World: PFSMF

14th October, 2019

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival began its 30th Year with all the stops pulled out to celebrate new horizons and a brave new world of fine music under the new direction of Monica Curro and Stefan Cassomenos. At first glance, the weekend of October 13-15 offered another stimulating and inventive program which has had…Read More

Channelling Cassomenos: An interview with Jem Herbert

8th October, 2019

One of the most exciting experiences for many musicians is the opportunity to work alongside composers on pieces written specifically for them. This year, Melbourne composer and virtuoso pianist, Stefan Cassomenos, was commissioned to compose a work for the music students of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS). Written for choir and…Read More

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Thanks for the memories, TPC

22nd September, 2019

Now that the dust has settled a little and Melbourne is over the initial shock of losing The Production Company next year, it’s time for reflection. First of all, Classic Melbourne’s Musical Theatre Editor Julie Houghton has her say… _______________________ In the beginning there was the word…and the word was MUSICALS! In 1999 Melbourne theatrical…Read More

Heart of St Kilda Concert 23 Oct Palais Theatre

Entertainers with a Mission

17th September, 2019

Growing up in a Fitzroy Street restaurant, I became aware that St Kilda had many people who could not afford to dine out in style, but whose needs for food and shelter were well-met by the Sacred Heart Mission just around the corner from us.  It served free meals to people experiencing homelessness and social…Read More

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MCO launches 2020 Melbourne season

12th September, 2019

On 11 September, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra launched its 2020 Melbourne season. Season program highlights include: Performances of Vivaldi and Giuliani concertos with guitarist Slava Grigoryan Performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 3 (with Aura Go) and Romance No 1 (with William Hennessy) in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with…Read More

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The Production Company announces final curtain call

12th September, 2019

Jeanne Pratt AC, founder and Chairman of The Production Company, announced that after 21 years and 65 musicals, her company will present its final musical in May 2020. “I started the company in 1999 to stimulate the industry, create opportunities for local talent and produce quality entertainment at affordable prices. It has succeeded beyond my…Read More

Melbourne International Youth Music Competition: An Accompanist’s Perspective

20th August, 2019

From August 2-5 the Melbourne International Youth Music Competition attracted musicians from Asia and Oceania to Deakin Edge, Federation Square. It provided them with an opportunity to showcase their talents in master classes given by Melbourne’s preeminent musicians and perform on an international concert platform. The prize on this occasion was a George Breyer upright…Read More

Music in the Round

16th August, 2019

Long a favourite on the annual classical music calendar, Music in the Round returns  to Abbotsford Convent on Sunday  8 September, with a day-long program of renowned musicians performing intimate concerts in stunning heritage surrounds. For the first time this year, audiences can experience classical music in the North Magdalen Laundry, an evocative new venue laden…Read More

Affinity Quartet

2nd August, 2019

“This group of musicians has a collective wisdom and maturity which is singularly impressive … Affinity is a musical force with which to be reckoned.”  Richard Gill OAM Nicholas Waters, violin, Ioana Tache, violin, William Clark, viola, and Mee Na Lojewski, cello, comprise what is one of the most exciting young ensembles to make their…Read More

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VIEWPOINT Eumeralla: A War Requiem for Peace

14th June, 2019

This Viewpoint concentrates on a landmark work in Australian music:  the EUMERALLA requiem, by opera singer turned composer Deborah Cheetham AO. It was given a major performance with the MSO on 15 June, but was given its premiere at the 2018 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.  Mary Sutherland was among the enthusiastic crowd and penned this…Read More