In cinemas from November 2 From internationally renowned director Ben Elton comes Three Summers, an ensemble comedy that embraces the diversity of modern Australia. At a summer music festival, the feisty lead singer of an Irish folk band (Rebecca Breeds) meets a folk music-hating Theremin player (Robert Sheehan) and sparks literally fly. Characters surrounding this awkward romance include a fiercely Aussie Morris Dancer (Michael Caton), an indigenous dance troupe, a group of wine-loving empty nesters, a power tripping security guard, a wannabe girl band and some musical asylum seekers. In fact, all manner of stories collide under the meddling eye of community radio super star, Queenie (Magda Szubanski) who welcomes the campers back three summers in a row for a folking good time. Fusing romance, music and Ben Elton’s trademark wit and satirical edge, Three Summers delivers an engaging folk tale of contemporary Australia with the soundtrack and belly laughs for the summer to come. Also starring Deb Mailman, John Waters, Kelton Pell, Jacqueline McKenzie, Peter Rowsthorn, and the Bondi hipsters’ Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier. Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 10 double passes from Transmission Films
Joseph Tawadros Trio Joseph Tawadros (oud), James Tawadros (req) Matt McMahon (piano) World music is rendered intriguingly local by Egyptian Australian Joseph Tawadros AM, virtuoso of the seven-string oud and leading contemporary composer for this ancient instrument. With lute-like strains mesmerizing jazz, classical and folk collaborators alike, Tawadros lists artists such as Richard Tognetti and Lior as regular collaborators and boasts a following spanning western Europe, the Middle East/Arab world and Australia’s own ARIA charts with his ABC Classics recordings. Immerse yourself in this QPAC debut, as global themes of truth, love and war are rendered tangible at very close range. Allow your mind to wander over the elegant pianism of Matt McMahon and the distinct percussiveness of brother James Tawadros’ Egyptian req – a small hand-held tambourine – drawn together by the exotic familiarity of oud strings in Joseph’s intuitive hands. Program Selections from Tawadros’ ARIA award-winning albums including The Hour of Separation, Permission to Evaporate and Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors. WHEN: 6:30pm Monday 30 October 2017 WHERE: Concert Hall, Reverse Mode, QPAC Click here to buy your tickets now or enter below for your chance to win 1 of 2 double passes
Australia’s hottest classical treasure, Mark Vincent will showcase the songs and arias that made Mario Lanza world famous in a new Australian tour across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne from 29 October. Mark will pay tribute to the great Hollywood legend with a 20-piece orchestra conducted by one of Australia’s most versatile conductors and musical entertainers, Guy Noble. Mark Vincent – the highest selling and charting Classical Crossover Artist in ARIA Chart History – will perform Because You’re Mine, Arriverderci Roma, Be Mine Tonight, the iconic arias Nessun Dorma and many more. WHEN: October 29 – November 12 WHERE: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Click here to buy tickets to this tour Enter below for your chance to win a double pass to the Sydney performance of Mark Vincent’s tour
The China National Symphony Orchestra will dazzle Australian music-lovers with a one-night-only performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Monday 23 October. Over 100 musicians make up this exceptional orchestra under the baton of the CNSO’s world-renowned chief conductor Maestro Li Xincao. The concert also features violinist Lü Siqing, the first Asian prizewinner of the Paganini Competition. The China National Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1956, is regarded as one of the most outstanding orchestras in the world. For the Orchestra’s Australian tour 2017, the CNSO will perform a selection of masterpieces including The Fantasies Symphonies Farewell My Concubine composed by Guan Xia, Violin Concerto The Butterfly Lovers composed by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4 in F minor. WHEN: October 23, 8pm WHERE: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House Click here to book tickets to this concert Limelight gives you the chance to win 1 of 2 double passes to this concert, valued at $200.
Maria Callas Live Remastered Edition: a deluxe box set draws together the great soprano’s live opera and recital recordings, with the invaluable inclusion of 12 roles she never recorded in the studio. These 20 complete operas and five filmed recitals are newly remastered. Along with 42 CDs and 3 Blu-ray, the box contains a richly-illustrated 200-page book with a chapter dedicated to each role sung by Callas in these recordings. Maria Callas’s live recordings get a spruce new makeover ★★★★☆ Engineers at Warner Classics have striven to address some tricky recordings. So have they succeeded? Read Our Review Warner Classics gives Limelight subscribers the chance to win a copy of Maria Callas Live, valued at $265. Enter below for your chance to win! This competition is only available to current subscribers of Limelight magazine. Subscribe online now for as little as $22.50* then return to this page to enter with your Customer Number. All new subscribers will also be automatically entered into our monthly subscription prize draw – visit Magshop for the latest offer!
The Tinalley String Quartet gives readers the chance to win one of two double passes to see the Quartet and Daniel de Borah perform in Sydney and Melbourne. Australia’s Tinalley String Quartet presents the final program of its 2017 Series ’See Me As I Am’. The programme features Beethoven’s ’Serioso’ Quartet, Tchaikovsky’s First String Quartet and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet with guest artist, pianist Daniel de Borah. Sunday October 1, 3PM Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House Tuesday, October 3, 7.30PM Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in Musica Viva? Click here to sign up to their eNews Enter below for your chance to win a double pass to see the Tinalley String Quartet.
MSO Plays La Mer September 30 Take a dive into the ocean through Debussy’s shimmering La Mer, with its atmospheric soundscapes and impressionistic moods that ebb and flow throughout the work. “The most beautiful musical depiction of the sea ever written“ – Classic FM Also in the program is Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.1 with internationally-acclaimed pianist Saleem Ashkar, plus Stravinsky’s magical Scherzo fantastique, a feast of excitable strings and a flurry of woodwinds. With the ever energetic and charismatic Dutch conductor Otto Tausk at the helm, this will be a night of pure wonder. WHEN: Saturday 30 September at 8pm WHERE: Hamer Hall Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets Interested in the MSO? Click here to sign up to their mailing list Enter below for your chance to win an A-Reserve Double Pass to MSO Plays La Mer, valued at $218.
“★★★★ Highly entertaining. A very amusing, astringent chamber piece of a movie.“ Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of a touching and offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. FINAL PORTRAIT is a bewitching portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse. In cinemas from October 5. Transmission Films gives Limelight readers the chance to win 1 of 10 double passes, valued at $40 each.
QPAC gives Limelight readers the chance to win 1 of 2 double passes to the Debussy Quartet’s Twilight Notes concert. Born over a quarter century ago in the Conservatoire de Lyon and unashamedly French in voice, the Debussy Quartet embodies the curiosity evident throughout the work of its namesake. Whether touring, recording, or fashioning its own Les Cordes en Ballade summer festival academy in the South of France, the quartet only continues to hone its distinctive connection with chamber audiences worldwide. Lean in to the ensemble’s artistry with the Lady Macbeth Elegy and greet the transience of sunset with the shortest of the deeply personal and emotional Shostakovich quartets. Yield a little to the unsettling tones of Beethoven’s Serioso quartet, then lose yourself completely in utterly authentic Ravel, an achingly classical work beloved by the composer himself. This Debussy Quartet performance is presented in association with Brisbane Festival and is part of QPAC’s Twilight Notes series. Other Twilight Notes concerts include Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska in Butterflying on Monday 28 August and Joseph Tawadros Trio on Monday 30 October. Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in QPAC? Click here to sign up to their e-Newsletter Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 2 double passes…
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: Romeo and Juliet September 7 Following the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2015, the ASO and the State Theatre Company South Australia join hands once again to present a fantasy of words and music inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. The ASO is giving one Limelight reader the chance to win a double pass to join them in Adelaide Town Hall for a magical night of storytelling as Shakespeare’s timeless tale of Verona’s star-cross’d lovers is brought to life. With music by Sergei Prokofiev, Hector Berlioz, Leonard Bernstein and Nino Rota, and a cast of leading Australian actors, it will be an evening to remember. Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in the ASO? Click here to sign up to their e-Newsletter Enter below for your chance to win an ASO double pass to Romeo and Juliet
Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre: Black Rider September 15-October 8 Come on in, take off your skin, and dance around in your bones. A ride like no other, Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre team up with Meow Meow, Paul Capsis, Kanen Breen, Jacqui Dark and Le Gateau Chocolat for Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets. Hallucinatory writer William S. Burroughs penned the script, musical magpie Tom Waits wrote the songs and together created this audacious and bizarrely beautiful piece of theatrical magic. Cry-in-beer ballads meets a meditation on addiction in a tour-de-force that pulls the audience into the dark and decadent depths of the underworld – a delirious journey through a vivid theatrical landscape that is part opera, part vaudeville, and all dance with the devil. Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in Victorian Opera? Click here to sign up to their eNews Enter below for your chance to win a double pass, valued at $150
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Grieg and Beyond 1 – 12 September Touring Nationally Discover the melodic beauty and musical storytelling of Grieg when Norway’s charismatic violinist, Henning Kraggerud, leads the ACO on a journey from the arctic to the antipodes. Demonstrating his reputation as the world’s leading interpreter of Grieg, the concert features Henning’s arrangement of Grieg’s Third Violin Sonata for violin and orchestra, and Richard Tognetti’s orchestral arrangement of the First String Quartet. As well as the World Premiere of Ross Edwards’ Entwinings. The ACO is giving Limelight readers the chance to win a double pass in each city (total value, $760). “He brings an ideal fluency that allows him to integrate the folk idioms into the music’s otherwise classical discourse.“ – The Arts Desk on Henning Kraggerud Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in the ACO? Click here to sign up to their eNews Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 5 double pases
The secret behind the enduring love affair between this world-renowned ensemble and its Australian public is both the simplest and hardest thing about chamber music: the interplay between four very different creative personalities. Hear the Takács Quartet meld their sound into amazing unity in classics by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorák, and a world premiere by Carl Vine. This August, Musica Viva are giving Limelight readers the chance to win a double pass to select concerts on their Australian tour. Interested in this event? Click here to secure your tickets online now Interested in Musica Viva? Click here to sign up to their eNews Enter below for your chance to win a double pass to see the Takács Quartet