The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Finds A Moment Of Truth In Handel’s Messiah

Live, Music, News & Commentary |

Of the “greatest hits” of the classical repertoire, few rank as highly as Handel’s sacred masterpiece, Messiah. This grand, three-part oratorio, chronicling the prophecy of the promised saviour, the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and the foretold Second Coming, is one of the most frequently performed choral works from the Western classical music

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The Models (NGV, Melbourne)

Live, Music, Reviews |

There are several certainties in life as they say: death, taxes and Sean Kelly being irascibly entertaining. It was with this spirit that we trooped off again to the National Gallery of Victoria’s night sessions on Friday (December 16) to see the Models. The Sculpture Garden beckoned once again in the balmy Melbourne air but

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Broadway star and Disney Princess Lea Salonga on her Opera House debut, diversity & audiences

Live, Music, Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

Lea Salonga has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages since her breakthrough role as Kim in the original West End production of Miss Saigon in 1989. Since then, she’s played several leading roles on Broadway, provided the singing voices for Disney Princesses Jasmine and Mulan, and sold more than 19 million albums. But the

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Jimmy Barnes shares his story in extraordinary Opera House gig

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There’s something bizarre about being a national treasure of Jimmy Barnes’ standing. Australians everywhere feel a sense of ownership over the performer but, until this year, Barnes has kept much of his life very private. Of course, stories about his wild, drug and alcohol-fuelled years on the road with Cold Chisel are well known, but the story about

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The Major Performing Arts companies respond to Yaron Lifschitz’s challenge

Dance, Live, Music, News & Commentary, Opera, Stage, Theatre |

Last week the CEO of the circus/theatre company Circa, Yaron Lifschitz, threw down a challenge to the 28 major arts companies that make up the Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).  In a speech delivered in Sydney at a Currency House Creativity and Business Breakfast he challenged these companies (who include the major theatre, ballet and opera companies) to demand their

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Dappled Cities (NGV, Melbourne)

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  Another Friday post work (December 2) and I’m off to the NGV again to see a band of whom I know little. Dappled Cities, (aka Dappled Cities Fly – naff name really they saddled themselves with) are known as a Sydney indie rock band and have been around since 1997, releasing a number of

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Survey reveals live music and theatre have suffered a huge hit at the Australian box office


Live Performance Australia has released its annual ticket attendance and revenue survey for 2015, revealing a decline in ticket sales across the sector after two years of growth. Just over 18 million tickets were issued to live performance events in 2015, generating total ticket sales revenue of $1.4 billion. When compared to 2014, revenue is down

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