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Canberra International Music Festival: Far and Near

National Gallery of Australia East Parkes
The Australian Voices asked twenty-two composers to respond to the dark days of COVID-19 when no one could physically sing together. The result is Far and Near, an interactive concert with new songs in a wild cacophony of styles and manners, from beat boxing to chanting, from scatting to singing…

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

Sydney Opera House Sydney
Based on the book written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Julie Vivas There was once a small boy called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and his house was next door to an old people’s home. He knew all the people who lived there, but his favourite person of all was…

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Schubert’s Quintet

City Recital Hall Sydney
A brilliant convergence of grandeur and intimacy. Awe and wonder. These are not uncommon responses to the works of Schubert and Beethoven, but their string quintets never fail to elicit such a reaction. We find grandeur in both - monumental works of chamber music and perennial favourites of audiences -…

Opera Bites: Mother’s Day Opera High Tea at The Castlereagh

Castlereagh Boutique hotel 169, Castlereagh Street, Sydney
Celebrate with Mum in style! Discover a stunning hidden-Sydney venue and indulge in some of the opera world's most beautiful music. Opera Bites has once again partnered with The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel to bring you a sublime afternoon of the world's best loved opera complete with a decadent sparkling high…
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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: Evoke | Beethoven & Berwald

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne
Franz Berwald, now regarded as one of the most important Swedish composers of the 19th century, was rather overlooked during his lifetime – so much so that he wound up managing a glassworks for almost a decade when he couldn’t make a living composing, before a hit opera landed him a…

Selby & Friends: Patriot Games

Elder Hall Adelaide
Violinist Dene Olding and cellist Julian Smiles join Artistic Director/Pianist Kathryn Selby AM for this concert featuring one of Australia’s most iconic piano trios by Ross Edwards in which we are immediately conscious of the colours, light sounds, and the mystical relationship Edwards has with the sea and earth of…

Canberra International Music Festival: Far and Near

National Gallery of Australia East Parkes
The Australian Voices asked twenty-two composers to respond to the dark days of COVID-19 when no one could physically sing together. The result is Far and Near, an interactive concert with new songs in a wild cacophony of styles and manners, from beat boxing to chanting, from scatting to singing…

Canberra International Music Festival: Song of the Earth

Fitters Workshop Kingston
Mahler's ‘greatest symphony', according to Leonard Bernstein. The work was inspired by seven ancient Chinese poems and follows one of the most painful episodes in the composer's life. He confessed: ‘I have lost everything I have gained in terms of who I thought I was, and have to learn my…

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: Evoke | Beethoven & Berwald

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne
The early years of the nineteenth century saw a surge in popularity for works composed for larger chamber ensembles of winds and strings, of which Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat, Op.20, was considered the very peak of the genre. So successful was it that publishers released multiple arrangements of it for…
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Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra: Evoke | Beethoven & Berwald

Melbourne Recital Centre Melbourne
Franz Berwald, now regarded as one of the most important Swedish composers of the 19th century, was rather overlooked during his lifetime – so much so that he wound up managing a glassworks for almost a decade when he couldn’t make a living composing, before a hit opera landed him a…
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Musica Viva: Konstantin Shamray & ANAM Orchestra, Sophie Rowell, Director & Violin

City Recital Hall Sydney
Originally written for Sweden’s Camerata Nordica and cellist Per Nyström, Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem’s 2008 Lamento will have its Australian premiere in this national concert tour that brings together pianist Konstantin Shamray and musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music, led by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Sophie Rowell.…
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Opera Australia: Aida

Arts Centre Melbourne Melbourne
With its towering digital screens offering sensory and sometimes dramatic overload, Davide Livermore’s 2018 production got a mixed reaction from the critics. Limelight’s Jo Litson found some of it “thrilling”, especially the choreography, but other aspects were felt to be “verging on naff”. There is plenty of splendour, however, and some…