Elliott Wheeler talks Strictly Ballroom the Musical

The Sydney-based composer and arranger on translating the much-loved Australian film for the stage.

Balanescu Quartet to play Sydney for one night only

Legendary Romanian pop singer Maria Tanase brought to life in a groundbreaking multimedia performance.

Theatre review: The Long Way Home (Sydney Theatre Company)

A personal examination of War by returned Australian soldiers.

Ludovico Einaudi: One man and his music

Following his iTunes Festival appearance, we catch up with supposedly the most popular classical musician on the planet.

Theatre review: Black Diggers (Sydney Festival)

A moving portrait of Indigenous soldiers offers up a Sydney Festival highlight.

Concert review: Philip Glass's Visitors (Sydney Festival)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra accompany Godfrey Reggio's reflective follow-up to his Qatsi Trilogy.

Opera Australia's The Turk in Italy

Colour, comedy and bikinis… that's what's promised with Simon Phillips' new production for Opera Australia of Rossini's sparkling comedy The Turk in Italy. Emma Matthews and Conal Coad lead the home team alongside international stars Luciano Botelho and Paolo Bordogna.

Secret River and Godot top the Sydney Theatre Awards

Andrew Bovell and Andrew Upton's production of Beckett's classic head the winners at Sydney's annual theatre awards.

Anne-Sophie Mutter: Thankful for what she's got (for now…)

The German violinist talks candidly about Mozart, life after Karajan and when to call it a day.

Live review: Oedipus Schmoedipus (Sydney Festival)

A stomach-turning celebration of death at Belvoir Theatre.

Live review: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Sydney Festival)

Early music royalty rock the recital hall to bring the first week of Sydney Festival's classical program to a rousing conclusion.

His Music Burns (Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Festival)

His Music Burns is a clever pair of Australian premieres from living composers giving much food for thought and all in under the space of one hour. György Kurtag combines the sparse economy of Webern with the colour and occasional eccentricity of his fellow Hungarian György Ligeti in …pas à pas-nulle part… while George Benjamin's Into The Little Hill is a model of dramatic tension and orchestral imagination.

Live review: His Music Burns (Sydney Festival)

Benjamin’s Pied Piper fable and Kurtag’s nihilistic fragments dazzle eye, ear and brain.

Live review: Hurricane Transcriptions (Sydney Festival)

Rock legends Lee Ranaldo and Mike Patton navigate new territory.

Live review: Dido and Aeneas (Sydney Festival)

It’s Dido Jim, but not as we know it: Sasha Waltz’s decadent danced opera proves an occasionally baffling delight.

Live Review: Chris Thile (Sydney Festival)

Bach meets bluegrass in a diverse evening from American mandolinist Chris Thile.

Live review: Jewish Baroque Music from Amsterdam (Sydney Festival)

Musical time-travel courtesy of the Apollo Ensemble and Sydney’s Great Synagogue.

Bryan Fairfax has died

Sydney-born conductor who gave the UK premiere of Mahler’s third symphony passes at 83.

Shaun Parker & Company: Am I

Choreographer Shaun Parker returns to Sydney Festival with an epic music and dance collaboration with composer Nick Wales and designer Damien Cooper.

How to whip up a musical storm? First catch your hurricane

Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo talks his new work inspired by Hurricane Sandy.

Sydney Theatre Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

The Secret River, Jerusalem, Waiting for Godot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels top the 'hot' list.

Dido to meet Aeneas beneath the Sydney waves

Biggest production to date heads down under as Sydney Festival countdown begins.

Live review: Britten, Brahms & Haydn (Vilde Frang, SSO)

Vilde Frang conquers Britten's concerto while James Gaffigan showcases the SSO for young and old alike.

Live review: Exil (Sydney Chamber Opera)

Jane Sheldon’s controlled intensity breathes life into Kancheli’s bleak masterpiece.

Live review: Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the SSO

Thibaudet plays Gershwin like a bat out of hell in a program that's not so much jazz as Russian retro.

Mariss Jansons pulls out half way through final Sydney concert

Conductor advised not to go on as grueling world tour takes its toll.

Live review: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Sydney)

Mariss Jansons put an orchestral Rolls Royce through its paces at the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Chamber Opera unveils final production for 2013

The Australian premiere of Kancheli's Exil promises a spiritual journey of hope and discovery.

Live review: Pinchas Zuckerman, Ashkenazy and the SSO

Ashkenazy relives his former Mahlerian glories while Sydney is treated to a class act on the fiddle.

Live review: War Requiem (Ashkenazy, SSO)

Ashkenazy masters massed forces of SSO and Philharmonia Choirs in eloquent prayer for peace.

Live review: Murray Perahia in Recital (Sydney Opera House)

Perahia makes his long-awaited Australian debut with grace, style and aplomb.

Murray Perahia: the marriage of expressivity and coherence

Ahead of his long awaited Australian debut, the American legend talks Bach, Beethoven and being a friend of Horrowitz,

Sculpture by the Sea takes art on holiday

Sydney's Bondi to Tamarama annual event proves more family fun than a bucket and spade.

Live review: The Tallis Scholars (Utzon Music Series)

The Renaissance specialists on their 40th birthday tour are ideally heard in ecclesiastical surrounds.

Sculpture by the Sea 2013 (Sydney)

Sculpture by the Sea runs from Bondi Beach to Tamarama until November 10. This year's iconic outdoor event proves as playful and family friendly as ever.

Live review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Sydney)

Enjoy a cruise down the French Riviera with Roger Hodgman's award-winning production.

Three Sydney Con pianists are winners in inaugural awards

First Theme and Variations Awards all go to young players from Sydney.

Live review: Vere (Faith)

John Doyle’s moving play of physics coming to terms with biology proves far less elusive than the Higgs Boson.

Live review: Suor Angelica (Harbour City Opera)

New kids on the operatic block tackle Puccini's nun-fest. The results could be habit forming.

Amy Dickson becomes first Aussie to win a Classical BRIT

Sydney-born saxophonist beats off stiff competition to take home Breakthrough Artist Award.

Zubin Mehta conducts the AWO

Zubin Mehta headed south of the equator to conduct the Australian World Orchestra in what is already being referred to as "the concert of the year". Stravinsky and Mahler were on the bill of fare.

John Hopkins has died

The noted conductor and a legendary director of music for the ABC has passed away at the age of 86.

Sydney Contemporary (a reviewer's snapshots)

Sydney Contemporary is Australia’s new international art fair presenting modern and contemporary artwork from over 80 Australian and international galleries.

Art packs 'em in as Sydney Contemporary exceeds expectations

Inaugural three-day art fair at Carriageworks is a hit, attracting more than 28,000 visitors.

Wagner's Ring explained (in two-and-a-half minutes)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra's potted Ring cycle is essential viewing for newbies and veterans alike.

Kneehigh Theatre's Brief Encounter

Switching seamlessly between theatre and film inspired by Noël Coward’s original stage play Still Life and David Lean’s classic 1945 film Brief Encounter (which starred Trevor Howard & Celia Johnson), Emma Rice and the legendary UK company Kneehigh (The Red Shoes), take us back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen.

Live Review: Nigel Westlake & Lior (SSO)

A middle-eastern celebration bounds to life in this cross-cultural collaboration between composer and songwriter.

Live Review: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (STC)

Witty words and postmodern pastiche fuse in Sydney Theatre Company's latest existential offering.

My music: John Gaden

On sleeping out all night for SSO tickets and what hearing the Eroica on period instruments taught me about acting.

Andrew Ford: Learning to Howl (Sheldon, Sydney Chamber Choir)

Playful Aussie maverick reveals his secret Sapphic side.
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