Monthly Archives: July 2013

Degrees of Separation: of Greeks, theatres and @SYOrchestra

Sometimes there is a fascinating confluence of occurrences. In the wonderful textures of life it is not hard to find connections. They may sometimes be negative. But usually not, and with a little generosity of spirit and enthusiasm an element … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up Your Day Job! The Forest Collective Present ‘Shared Lines’ at Abbotsford Convent

Don’t be put off by the headline. Like the picture on a paperback, the header is there to grab attention, and is certainly not intended to suggest that Forest Collective were anything other than competent professionals putting on an intriguing … Continue reading

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The Search for Shining Eyes: Looking back at the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. #APCMC13

There is little so passé as yesterday’s competition. So, apart from a passing “congratulations” to the big winners (Amber Quartet from China who won a handful, including the top prize, Orava Quartet who won the Musica Viva Prize, and the … Continue reading

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Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition: Decision Time for the Quartets. @apcmc13

It’s decision time for the quartets. The final two performances, by the Orava Quartet and the Duomo Quartet both made strong claims on the finals. As your correspondent sees it, it will come down to how the judges compare the … Continue reading

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Moira Finucane presents Glory Box at 45 Downstairs, Melbourne

WARNING: This post contains strobe lighting, smoke effects and nudity.   Melbourne’s 45 Downstairs is a true institution: old, decrepit, yet wonderful in its conception and the range of creativity it presents to its eclectic audiences. Like a little chamber … Continue reading

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Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition. Day Three. @apcmc13

Apart from one memorable performance of a Romantic gem, it was the A to Z of contemporary chamber works which marked day three at the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition as something special. Japan’s ARC Trio cemented its position as … Continue reading

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Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition: Masterful Smetana Ends Round 1 @apcmc13

Day two is behind us and some patterns are emerging and not only amongst the competitors. One aspect of the competition organisation that is working particularly well this year is the post performance commentary. In the past this required patrons … Continue reading

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