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100 years of John Cage

5th September, 2012

This year Australia has engaged with iconic contemporary composers in an unprecedented way. The Steve Reich concert was a rare, five-star event. How often does an audience get the chance to be immersed in a concert devoted to a contemporary composer, with that composer in the house? John Cage, of course, can’t be there. But…Read More

Imperial Russian Ballet Company

5th September, 2012

Tasmanians often complain that they are bypassed by arts organisations from (or visiting) the mainland. But they’ll soon have members of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company all to themselves – and in the north of the state, not in Hobart. There’s an exciting precedent, dating back 70 years. On 13 May 1040 The Mercury reported:…Read More

Humble ambition: to stick with the journey

1st August, 2012

Australian mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble is in demand on the world stage, not least because she has a voice that can cope equally with Wagner and with belting out the Welsh national anthem for a crowded sports stadium. “It’s been a good trip home”, Humble smiles – and it isn’t over yet. She’s already performed Wagner…Read More

Flag-bearer Daniel Barenboim

31st July, 2012

Many watching the Olympic opening ceremony in London may have wondered why a classical musician and conductor was one of the eight people chosen to carry the Olympic flag. But music lovers would understand why Daniel Barenboim was honoured as a humanitarian who brings, in the words of the stadium announcement, “harmony in place of…Read More

Festival of Voices

5th July, 2012

If you’ve had your eye on artsHub recently, or if you’ve been strolling around Hobart, then you’ll know about that city’s Festival of Voices. The annual Festival begins this weekend, as far as the public is concerned. But having covered the Festival six years ago for a Tasmanian newspaper – and been so impressed that…Read More

Brett Kelly conducts Berlioz

4th July, 2012

This Saturday Brett Kelly conducts the Berlioz Requiem, with the massive 63rd Intervarsity Festival Choir and Melbourne Youth Orchestra. Although the work is rarely performed, Kelly is no stranger to the choral and orchestral repertoire, thanks to his many years as a trombonist. Melbourne audiences tend to think of Brett Kelly as “belonging” to the…Read More

Angelina another string to Quartet’s bow

1st June, 2012

The Australian String Quartet’s new Executive Director is smashing more than one stereotype just months into the job. Her passion for strings is a given but Angelina Zucco is also a composer – and is possibly the first senior arts director to also confess to some technical prowess on Guitar Hero! Seriously, you’d have to…Read More

Greta Bradman

23rd May, 2012

At a recent concert in Melbourne I heard the young soprano Greta Bradman for the first time and was struck at first by her natural beauty, dress sense and engaging personality. Then, of course, there’s the voice. In this concert Bradman moved with ease from Mozart concert arias, with their demanding top notes and volume…Read More

Stephen McIntyre’s many happy returns to the stage

19th April, 2012

It’s a special birthday, one of those with a nought in it, Stephen McIntyre admits. Not that the pianist and associate professor of music at the University of Melbourne, has anything to apologise for. One of Australia’s most eminent pianists and teachers, Stephen McIntyre followed early studies in Melbourne with time in France and Italy,…Read More

Steve Reich visit hailed with an outburst of sound

4th April, 2012

Composer Steve Reich is on his way to Australia, bringing with him an extraordinary reputation. The New Yorker calls him “the most original music thinker of our time”, The Guardian says he is one of “a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history”. Steve Reich has…Read More