Category Archives: Music

Fluxus, Dick Higgins and Danger Music: A Couple of Hours at First Draft, Woolloomooloo (@firstdraft_)

There is a nondescript “flatiron” building at the bottom of Riley Street, Woolloomooloo next to the PCYC. It is an uninviting building which until recently didn’t even carry signage to alert passers by to its purpose. Since 2014 it has … Continue reading

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Letter to a Young Singer

Your correspondent has jut spent a busy week in Melbourne enjoying the intense experience that is the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. The experience has again focussed the mind on the challenges of musical competition and the subjective influences which … Continue reading

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It’s Official: Age of Entitlement Over at Opera Australia

It’s early morning the Friday after New Year. Lyndon Terracotta, Artistic Director of Bopopera Australia, has come in early to his waterfront office to be greeted by a curt text from his PA: “Mr T! You’re on Slipped Disc again. … Continue reading

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A reaction to @operaaustralia’s Eugene Onegin

Last night your correspondent saw the last night of Opera Australia’s Eugene Onegin. It was, personally, a special occasion, but that is irrelevant, other than to say the production matched the occasion. Nicole Car was magnificent. The orchestra played with … Continue reading

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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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The Electronic and The Contemporary at Sydney Festival

There was a welcome shift this year in programming for the Sydney Festival. Art Music made a comeback. Sure, there had been some inclusions in the recent past, but 2013 represented a significant change. For the better? Perhaps. Or for … Continue reading

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Pure Pleasure: The Enigma Quartet at The Rocks Pop-up, 4 June 2012 (@EnigmaQuartet)

The overwhelming feeling, at the end of last night’s concert by the Enigma Quartet, was one of pure pleasure. Some blog readers may recall that this correspondent has been critical, in the past, of some groups selected by Musica Viva … Continue reading

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