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The American postmodernist who danced to silence and choreographed in car parks passes at 80.
Teaming up with Cancer Research UK, the orchestra has reimagined the piece to highlight the importance of charity legacies.
“It is beyond our comprehension,” say Gale Edwards, Julie Lynch and Brian Thomson that they aren't in charge of the remount.
The organisation’s Australian Composer List Project draws on input from artistic directors and curators from around the country.
"Orchestral commissions more typically go to men," says the composer whose new work is inspired by Olive Pink’s Botanic Garden.
Caricatures of the two Australian actors join other showbiz luminaries on the walls of the famous New York restaurant.

Editor’s Choice

The conductor explains the allure of the German Romantics ahead of his performance with Sydney Chamber Choir.
From the edge of dreams to the dread of the Doppelgänger, the composer conjures five fantasies for his trombone protagonist.
The Finnish pianist's eighth Aussie tour sees him mixing Debussy and Sibelius with his old 'Appassionata' for Beethoven.
Growing up in Argentina, he joked about imitating women’s voices and studied bel canto because no-one taught countertenor.
Newly commissioned works by Bakrnčev, Barton and Wolf will form the centre-piece of Maddilyn Goodwin’s interdisciplinary project.
A play lurching from one theatrical disaster to the next has proved a worldwide hit.

Live Reviews

★★★★☆ Queensland Ballet brings raw emotion to the Playhouse stage with this stunning triple bill.
★★★★☆ AHE takes a sultry stroll through Boccherini's nocturnal goings on.
★★★★½ Judy's ruby slippers dazzled, as did the vocally brilliant Jacqueline Dark singing Régine Saint Laurent.
★★★★★ Riveting performances of neglected youthful masterpiece and epic Romantic smasher.
★★★★★ Magnetic world premiere, a perfect combination of fluidity, mettle and danger.
★★★★☆ Northey proves the world needs more Copland and less you know who.

CD/DVD Reviews

★★★★☆ Brabbins ponders a new Enigma: Worcester native heads south to holiday a la Respighi in a sumptuous Elgar extravaganza.
★★★½☆ Pergolesi goes by way of Verdi on this starry new recording.
★★★★☆ Saving the best till last serves a double helping of Spem in alium.


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.