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Tinalley String Quartet, Genevieve Lacey, Piers Lane and the Van Diemen's Band are heading to the new festival in October.
Baryshnikov and others rally in defence of Kirill Serebrennikov, who they believe falsely implicated in a million rouble embezzlement.
STC's The Present was the third highest-grossing play during a bumper Broadway 2016–17 season.
A 1677 Stradivarius Sunrise has been recreated using 3D printing and traditional handcrafted techniques.
The decision by Fairfax Media to lay off a quarter of its journalists has sent alarm bells ringing, particularly in the arts sector.
The Indigenous writer, actor and director has taken home two major prizes at the 2017 New Premier's Literary Awards.

Editor’s Choice

The clarinettist and Head of Wind at Queensland Con hopes to make Brisbane the home of chamber music in Australia.
For Argo’s Artistic Director Connor D’Netto, every concert is a full, multi-sensory experience.
Perth Cathedral's Master of Music will finesse the Town Hall's mighty instrument for a whole week of French organ grandeur.
Warner Classics’ Bertrand Castellani talks about the great cellist, who was larger than life both on and off the stage.
★★★★☆ Kane Alexander thrills with high-flying vocals, matched by heartfelt emotion.
Always inventive, Rameau’s love of pushing the limits of convention won him both ardent admirers and die-hard detractors.

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ Performances of sheer vigour and colour from the Melbourne Con’s new maestro.
★★★½☆ Entertaining production with great music, if not exactly suitable for children.
★★★★☆ Novel arrangements see a trio of chamber wizzes shouldering an entire orchestra.
★★★★☆ A rare glimpse inside Dame Nellie’s country Victorian home, followed by high tea in the diva’s former garage.
★★★★½ Classical music in a contemporary venue.
★★★☆☆ A thought-provoking exploration of story-telling and the fragility of memory.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★½ A fresh take on the sacred works of a 20th-century French master by one of England's finest.
★★★★★ Faultless piano works explore Liszt's hang-up with Wagner.
★★★★☆ There's nothing synthetic about this Moog's approach to Chopin.


Sarah Sweeting on how she came to discover a more sensual, seductive expression of Venus.
Perhaps explaining how a contrabassoon makes noise via smartphone translation is not so odd.
Composer Elena Kats-Chernin was flown in for the Festival Farewell.