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Viewpoint: Director reflects on 12th PSMF

15th January, 2019

In my new role as Artistic Director of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, it was my vision to fill the Mornington Peninsula with music. When I take a step back and reflect on these first two weeks of 2019 and remember driving through the hills and beaches and vineyards and forests, a beautiful wash of…Read More

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12th PSMF Opens with Godfather, Father & Son

9th January, 2019

For a weekend, I based myself at Flinders, a beautiful little town on the Mornington Peninsula, with the opportunity to immerse myself in music.  Festival Director Ben Opie has expanded the annual Festival to include thirty events spanning the first two weeks of January, and a wide variety of venues, including wineries, an art gallery…Read More

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12th Peninsula Summer Music Festival: Schedule of Events

2nd January, 2019

There’s fine music, wine, and food across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond in the 12th Peninsula Summer Music Festival, which takes place between the 1st and 13th of January 2019. Stunning new venues include Peninsula Hot Springs, Whistlewood Gallery, Cruden Farm and Pelican Park.  In his first year as Artistic Director, internationally celebrated oboist, musical…Read More

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PENINSULA FESTIVAL PERFORMER HIGHLIGHTS

2nd January, 2019

Director Ben Opie has shaped a program that reflects his own innovative musicality and artistic practice of keeping classical music connected and relevant. In one of many festival highlights the acclaimed Australian Haydn Ensemble, a fine Australian orchestra and chamber music group, makes its Victorian debut.  The ensemble specialises in music of the Classical era performed on historical…Read More

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong (gets it right!)

27th December, 2018

The Mischief Theatre production of Peter Pan Goes Wrong brings all the right moves in a festive romp of fun and mishap.  Don’t let the title fool you, this brilliantly written and directed production has little to do with the iconic character and everything to do with an intricately cohesive ensemble cast delivering unexpected laughs…Read More

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BOOK REVIEW: THE SHOWS, THE STARS, THE STORIES

16th December, 2018

Melbourne is rightly proud of its theatre district, encompassing the Regent, the Princess, the Comedy, and the jewel in the crown, Her Majesty’s Theatre. There has been entertainment on the site of The Maj (as it is affectionately known) since 1880, when the Hippodrome opened for business. Eminent Melbourne theatre historian and raconteur extraordinaire, Frank…Read More

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Evita

12th December, 2018

The names Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice automatically guarantee an audience, and a revival of one of their 21 meatier musical offerings, Evita, was always going to be interesting. So many ALW musicals are full of catchy tunes that you can’t get out of your head, but Evita breaks this mould, with one show stopping…Read More

Viewpoint: Joyful! Joyful!

4th December, 2018

A spectacular Christmas fundraising concert in support of the Choir of Hard Knocks, the name of the concert said it all – ‘Joyful! Joyful!’. Where to start? At the start! Within the first minute, the award-winning Footscray-Yarraville City Band, under the direction of Phillipa Edwards, one of Australia’s best and most charismatic conductors had the…Read More

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Eileen

19th November, 2018

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria’s production of Victor Herbert’s comic opera was the first time I’d ever heard of Eileen. I’d seen and heard many excerpts from his 46 stage productions as well as his popular songs, but I’d not seen an entire Herbert opera. From the late 1890s, Victor Herbert was a major figure…Read More

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Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men

19th November, 2018

Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men could be more accurately titled “Just a Couple of Dance and Song Men”, but it doesn’t trip off the tongue as well. This is a show with loads of charm, fun and enthusiasm. It’s a delightful night in the theatre despite some rough edges. Our two leading…Read More