Classical Music, Christmas

So this is Christmas….

‘Tis the season to be merry so as you deck the halls, spice the Christmas pud, sing carols and enjoy other festive events, we will be posting Christmas-themed stories on our website every day until Christmas Eve. We have all kinds planned from concert and CD reviews, to an interview with Elizabeth Scott – the first woman to conduct Handel’s Messiah at the Sydney Opera House – to wickedly funny words from Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen about their new (naughty rather than nice) cabaret show Prancer and Vixen.

We’d like to wish you a very happy holiday season, and look forward to sharing the best of the arts in Australia with you in 2018.

Ho, ho, ho!

The Limelight team

DECEMBER 1

Four years after his acclaimed Evangelist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, English tenor Nicholas Mulroy is back for more.

DECEMBER 2

From childhood until his final years, Britten’s love of celebrating at Christmas time resulted in a wealth of festive works.

DECEMBER 3

An enthralling evening of song that found a richer dimension to standard carol fare.

DECEMBER 4

A first-rate combination of international talent performing a work of exquisite grace.

DECEMBER 5

Ahead of performances with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the conductor explores the joys and challenges of Handel's oratorio.

DECEMBER 6

Turning their back briefly on opera, The Strange Bedfellows are back with a cabaret that will definitely be more naughty than nice.

DECEMBER 7

With top notch playing and a star turn by rising soprano Madison Nonoa, this is one tradition to hang on to.

DECEMBER 8

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s new initiative will bring music education to primary schools in low socio-economic areas over three years.

DECEMBER 9

An unusual yuletide gift from one of Santa’s nimble-fingered helpers.

DECEMBER 10

Just in time for Christmas, Esmeralda Tintner and Lisa Stewart perform their show for children featuring a two-violin arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s score.

DECEMBER 11

What are the greatest pieces of classical music for Christmas? Cast your vote for the works that say Noel best.

DECEMBER 12

The popular baritone tells us about his new festive show, his perfect Christmas Day and his love for Snoopy's Christmas.

DECEMBER 13

The Australian soprano is presenting Christmas carols, opera arias and art songs in a concert for the homeless in Martin Place.

DECEMBER 14

Another concert chock-full of Christmas cheer from the Brandenburgs.

DECEMBER 15

Elizabeth Scott and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs deliver a rousing performance of a perennial favourite.

DECEMBER 16

A new stage adaptation of Dickens' classic novella introduces Playschool and zombies yet retains the heart of the original.

DECEMBER 17

Opera singers Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen in cabaret mode make naughty very nice with this irreverent Christmas show.

DECEMBER 18

A traditional, well-programmed Christmas concert.

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