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May 2017


Limelight is the first source for arts and entertainment information. Independent, groundbreaking and engaging, Limelight delivers in-depth insight into the arts scene, both locally and overseas. For features, the latest news and reviews as well as state by state events listings, Limelight is your one-stop cultural guide.

Issue: May 2017


ACO hits the high notes
What compels people to climb the world’s great peaks? And what might music have to say about it? Building on the success of The Reef, Richard Tognetti and film director Jennifer Peedom, of Sherpa fame, discuss the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s exciting new cinematic and musical odyssey: Mountain.

Lost & Found
From Stravinsky to Haydn, works once thought gone forever continue to turn up. Welcome to a world of surprises and serendipity among the rediscovered scores of the great composers.

Perchance to dream
The likes of Berlioz and Verdi shied away from Shakespeare’s most complex character, but not Brett Dean. The Australian composer explains why he’s tackled Hamlet for the operatic stage.

Big Brother is coming
The year 1984 may have been and gone with few ill effects, but George Orwell’s dystopian nightmare has seldom seemed so up to date. And now it’s coming to a theatre near you...

Love's labours won
Messiaen’s monumental Turangalîla-Symphonie was pivotal in the composer’s career. His biographer Peter Hill reveals the personal pain behind the musical masterpiece. 

The Weimar effect
As the Weimar Republic collapsed in chaos, the Nazis slipped into power. Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright has turned the music of the era into a cabaret show and a new album.

Harpsichordist and conductor Erin Helyard
Pinchgut's Artistic Director has just cut his first solo disc. Clive Paget talks to an in-demand harpsichordist about the joys of Handel, voracious listening and being an Enlightenment dude.

Violinist Daniel Hope
Very much a Renaissance man, the violinist has done something rather original with a Baroque warhorse. Clive Paget talks to him about life, thinking outside the box and his hopes and fears for all our futures.

What I'm Listening To Cellist Umberto Clerici Five Questions For Pianist Angela Hewitt Around The World Kirill Petrenko makes Berlin debut at last Guest Column Israel and the Wagner question Guy Noble's Soapbox Should you be a man or a moose? Opera Column Prima Donna: When Jacqui met Rufus Did You Hear About The boy Liszt being kissed by Beethoven Backstage With Tenor Samuel Sakker World Premiere Robert Andrew Greene jukeboxes the operetta Richard Gill Alarm bells should be ringing in our classrooms Composer of the Month Rameau: French opera’s great late-starter Musical Journey There’s more to Krácow than salt mines and vodka Reviews The latest CD reviews plus the Limelight chart Panorama This month's round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art, literature and film What's On The must-see musical events around Australia this month Broadcast Guide ABC Classic FM & Australia's independent radio stations My Music Musical theatre legend Nancye Hayes

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, each new subscriber in May will receive a copy of the Grigoryan Brothers new album Songs Without Words out now on ABC Classics. The brothers perform songs, arranged by their father, that are particularly close to their hearts. Worth $24.99. PLUS You’ll also be entered into our special prize draw! Cyndi Lauper’s hit musical Kinky Boots kicks off at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from April 12. Based on a true-story, Kinky Boots takes you on a hilarious journey for a working-class shoe factory to the catwalks of Milan. Playing for a strictly limited season. We’re offering a double pass to see Kinky Boots in Sydney June 15 or Brisbane August 22.

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Wondering what to listen to this month? Well wonder no more – Limelight's got your back (and ears) with this specially curated Spotify playlist: a selection of twelve tracks reviewed in this issue.

Articles in this magazine


Erin Helyard: Voracious listener and Enlightenment dude

in Clive Paget - - August 21, 2017
Pinchgut Opera’s AD has just cut his first solo disc. The in-demand harpsichordist talks about the joys of Handel and musical theatre.

Did you hear about the time Beethoven kissed the boy Liszt?

in Angus McPherson - - June 21, 2017
The great pianist treasured Beethoven’s kiss and incorporated it into his mythology, but did it occur in public or in private?

Lost & Found: Works thought buried continue to turn up

in Gavin Dixon - - June 19, 2017
Ahead of the Australian premiere of Stravinsky's Funeral Song, we explore the rediscovered works of the great composers.

Richard Gill: Alarm bells should be ringing!

in Richard Gill - - June 19, 2017
A lack of access to qualified, specialist music teachers is putting our children's potential at risk.