Beethoven didn’t have it all his own way: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 8, 2018 by  

As well as playing some fine music, the SSO played a noteworthy tactical game this week and next by staging three different concerts with somewhat challenging musical cakes, but each laced with the delicious icing of Beethoven’s 7thSymphony. Moreover, Beethoven appeared in the second half of each concert to prevent the unconvinced from scuttling away after interval. Read more

Spitfire: a movie review by Elana Bowman

November 7, 2018 by  

Spitfire the documentary is simply beautiful. Read more

Madiba the Musical: a theatre review by Elana Bowman

November 2, 2018 by  

Madiba the Musical celebrates the life of the former South African president’s struggle towards freedom; is interwoven with stories and songs of the Black Africans during the apartheid era. Read more

Beautiful Boy – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 25, 2018 by  

That this film is based on a true story inspired by two memoirs only serves to make it all the more compelling. Read more

Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

October 24, 2018 by  

Having read and used Naomi Levy’s writings before I was fascinated to find out the connection between Einstein and Rabbi Levy. Read more

Shir Madness: Song of Songs

October 21, 2018 by  

Song of Songs is the Shir Madness Finale, after a full day of music, it is a ritual to put together a line-up of top performers who perform their chosen song written, performed or recorded by a Jewish person. Read more

Three favourites that couldn’t miss: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

October 18, 2018 by  

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he SSO programmers meet. Read more

A Star is Born – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 15, 2018 by  

My rock concert going days may be long over but that didn’t stop shivers down my backbone as the first of many riffs came over the speakers.

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Monash University publishes three new books of Jewish interest

October 5, 2018 by  

Australian universities have become prolific publishers of a wide range of academic and other works…writes Geoffrey Zygier. Read more

A home visit from Sarah Grunstein: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

September 26, 2018 by  

Internationally recognised concert pianist, Sarah Grunstein returned to her Sydney roots for a twilight Opera House recital.
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The House with a Clock in Its Walls – film review by Elana Bowman

September 20, 2018 by  

Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in an old Michigan mansion. Read more

Sarah visits home bringing Beethoven and Bach

September 18, 2018 by  

Internationally acclaimed Australian pianist, Sarah Grunstein, returns to the Sydney Opera House by popular demand, to perform two concerts in 2018. Read more

Grosvenor was generous and brilliant: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

September 18, 2018 by  

If ever there was a piano recital worth queuing up for it was the one given last night by young English pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor. Read more

Second time around

September 5, 2018 by  

The role of Tevye in the upcoming Moriah production of Fiddler on the Roof will be played by David Solomon who performed the role in 1994…which was directed by Roberta Goot in charge of the 2018 Fiddler. Read more

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: a movie review by Elana Bowman

August 31, 2018 by  

Being sent away for being gay? The terrible tragedy is that Cameron does not come out, she is found out at her prom no less by her prom date, and she is sent away post-haste by her very misguided guardians. Read more

A moving feast of Johannes: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 30, 2018 by  

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra devoted its prowess to a whole program by one composer in the APT Master Series concert last night. And while that didn’t cast a wide musical net, it delivered an outstanding experience for those who are partial to Johannes Brahms. Read more

You Were Never Really Here: a movie review by Elana Bowman

August 29, 2018 by  

Meet Joe. He carries the darkness within him, so it’s no surprise he is characterised as a slightly overweight, full of scars, totally unkempt, and seems to be falling apart, so he comes across as a lumbering hitman who is tasked with being brutal. Read more

Roman Salyutov’s Melbourne piano recital

August 14, 2018 by  

Russian-German pianist Roman Salyutov visited Melbourne  on his way home from New Zealand where he enthralled music lovers in  a recital…writes Ron Jontof-Hutter. Read more

The Turk in Italy: an Opera review by Victor Grynberg

August 13, 2018 by  

2 parts Rossini + 1 part Phillips = a sparkling cocktail. Read more

An interview with pianist Roman Salyutov

August 9, 2018 by  

Ron Jontof-Hutter meets Russian-German Pianist Roman Salyutov who will perform in  recital on Sunday at the South Melbourne  Town Hall. Read more

Ben and Gus don’t let you off lightly: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 9, 2018 by  

A program of Britten and Mahler is not for those who want to hum tunes or tap feet, as demonstrated by last night’s APT Master Series SSO concert at the Sydney Opera House. Read more

Crazy Rich Asians: a movie by Hila Tsor

August 9, 2018 by  

Highly entertaining and colourful, Crazy Rich Asiansis an Asian-American romantic comedy which follows Rachel (Constance Wu), a smart and beautiful NYU economics professor who accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, and discovers that her boyfriend comes from an extremely wealthy family… Read more

Osborne at war and peace – a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 7, 2018 by  

Distinguished Scottish pianist, Steven Osborne, unexpectedly interleaved major piano works by Debussy and Prokofiev to present contrasting musical landscapes, not only in composition but playing style as well. Read more

The Lives of Brian: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

August 1, 2018 by  

I must begin this review with a caveat. Over the years Brian Sherman and my own life have occasionally crossed. Sometimes it was at an opening of an exhibition at Sherman Galleries (established by his wife Gene); once it was at a screening of a movie made by his son Emil (who later won an Oscar); and often just hearing about him. Read more

Fiddler returns to Moriah

July 30, 2018 by  

Moriah College, Sydney’s oldest and largest Jewish school, presents the definitive production of the classic Broadway musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF from 21 October to 1 November – and with an all-singing, all-dancing cast of more than 150. It’s a Tradition! Read more

Put this one on your Liszt: A CD review by Fraser Beath McEwing

The piano music of Franz Liszt is often seen as either too syrupy or a keyboard version of a wood-chopping event. Read more

Aida…spectacular and phenomenal: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

July 22, 2018 by  

The reader may think this headline refers to the much-anticipated digital set for this new production of Verdi’s great opera by Opera Australia. Read more

Picturesque, to say the least: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

July 19, 2018 by  

Last night’s Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s APT Master Series concert was all about creating dramatic sound pictures, some clearly subtitled, some borrowed form the Russian Orthodox Church and the rest a challenging kaleidoscope from a contemporary American female composer. Read more

The Dead Still Cry Out: The Story of a Combat Cameraman: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

July 18, 2018 by  

As a young girl playing in her home in England one day, Helen Lewis opened an old, apparently hidden suitcase. Read more

The Man in the Attic: a theatre review by Hila Tsor

July 11, 2018 by  

Emotive and powerful, written by Timothy Daly, directed by Moria Blumenthal and produced by Shalom and Moria Blumenthal Productions, The Man in the Attic presents a deep piece to the Sydney audience. Read more

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