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Classic collaboration

14th July, 2014

Award-winning pianist Hoang Pham the now internationally acclaimed concert pianist and winner of last year’s ABC Young Performer’s Award, is giving a recital at Melba Hall on July 18. This concert showcases recently composed music by Noel Fidge, a Melbourne based composer. Classic Melbourne asked the two musicians how this collaboration came about, and presents…Read More

July brings loss

10th July, 2014

News has come of the very sad passing of Maestro Lorin Maazel, aged 84, at his home in Virginia, USA. He will be remembered as one of the finest conductors of all time – during his illustrious career serving Principal positions with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Berlin Radio Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony,…Read More

Siobhan Stagg home from Europe

8th July, 2014

On the eve of her first visit to Australia for fifteen months, soprano Siobhan Stagg tells Deborah Humble she still calls Australia home, as she talks about about her forthcoming engagements, and the joys and challenges of a demanding performance schedule. Growing up in Mildura as the middle child between two brothers, Siobhan credits her…Read More

The worth of conductors

5th July, 2014

Surprisingly often, people ask reviewers, “What’s the point of having a conductor?”. A recent concert with Emanuel Ax at the piano and Sir Andrew Davis conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra came close to providing a definitive answer. The great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham didn’t do a lot for his profession when he reportedly said: “There…Read More

Polyphonic Voices

27th June, 2014

Melbourne will soon welcome the visiting King’s Singers again but our colleges too have their own rich source of choral talent, writes Tim Matthews Staindl. A new choir, Polyphonic Voices, has already had a successful debut and has plans for some enticing concerts in the future. King’s Singers, Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, the list goes…Read More

Finding their VOYCE

24th June, 2014

Victorian Opera announced the establishment of its Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble for 13 – 25 year-old young singers at the Fairfax Studio on Thursday night, June 19. Peter Williams was there for Classic Melbourne. Managing Director, Andrew Snell, proudly announced VOYCE and spoke of it as filling a void in Victorian Opera’s projects between…Read More

American Brass Quintet

17th June, 2014

For the first time in over four decades, the American Brass Quintet, dubbed the “high priests of brass”, returned to Australia for a series of concerts spanning the splendour of Renaissance Venice to the driving tension of the 21st century. Adrian Meyer writes that “it was an experience like no other”. May 20 and 24…Read More

Wilma Smith, friends & family

11th June, 2014

As Wilma Smith, Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, prepares for a radical career change, the next Wilma & Friends performance – with Teddy Tahu Rhodes, described as “one of Australia’s most charismatic baritones” – looks to be a sell-out. This may be because of the added interest of Rhodes sharing the platform with violinist…Read More

Deborah Cheetham, AO

9th June, 2014

Classic Melbourne salutes Deborah Cheetham AO, on her Award for distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance. Cheetham is in very good company, with fellow composers Carl Vine and Graeme Koehne also honoured in the current list.…Read More

Announcing ABC Classic 2 #simplyclassical

5th June, 2014

To the surprise of many keen listeners, and the delight of all supporters of Australian classical musicians, ABC Classic FM this week launched ABC Classic 2. Programmed by the team behind ABC Classic FM, the talk-free sister station went live at 12pm on Wednesday 4 June 2014, and aims to introduce classical music to a…Read More