Four out of six were made in Australia…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

October 19, 2017 by  

The SSO’s Emirates Metro Series chose the theme of fire for its Opera House concert last night. And fiery it was – mostly. Australian composer Brett Dean conducted his own Fire Music while Australian pianist, Piers Lane, had to fire up to get into the ring with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor leaving Sibelius to represent Finland with six minutes of Scene with Cranes Op 44 No2. Read more

The Only Living Boy in New York – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 4, 2017 by  

Young man falls in love with older woman, something bound to end in tears especially as the beautiful woman is his father’s mistress.  Read more

Final Portrait – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 2, 2017 by  

When American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-famous artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait, he accepts.

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NSTE to stage a world premiere

October 2, 2017 by  

A new show inspired by a true story of a singing teacher whose life is transformed by an unusual pupil will have its world premiere at Sydney’s North Shore Temple Emanuel next month. Read more

Battle of the Sexes: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

September 28, 2017 by  

Sports movies are generally more about sports than not – but this is not a sports movie. Read more

The Dancer – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 27, 2017 by  

When her father is killed, farm girl Loie Fuller (Soko) makes her way to New York where her mother Lili (Amanda Plummer) is living a nun-like existence with female prohibitionists.

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The Lego Ninjago Movie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 24, 2017 by  

I was accompanied by two young fans who were excited by the prospect of the latest outing in the Lego movie franchise. Well, that and a train ride into the city.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 13, 2017 by  

I thought an animated film for children was supposed to have stuff aimed at grownups, some sly jokes at our level, at least enough to keep us from falling asleep.

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Two old friends and a stranger…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 24, 2017 by  

The SSO concert last night just kept getting better as it went from Mendelssohn to Mackey to Dvorak. Read more

Maudie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 22, 2017 by  

In this engrossing story of triumph over physical adversity, you have to wait for beauty to emerge.   Read more

Imogen Cooper gave a scholarly performance

August 22, 2017 by  

Although the tiger never got out of the cage, English pianist Imogen Cooper gave an impeccable account of Beethoven, Haydn and Ades at Sydney’s Recital Hall…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Kindertransport – a theatre review by David Kary

August 19, 2017 by  

We need to step outside of ourselves and into the ‘shoes’ of another human being to truly understand and accept them. Read more

Prince Bettliegend in Sydney

August 7, 2017 by  

Sydney is hosting the world premiere reconstruction of Prince Bettliegend (The Bedridden Prince) next week.  Billed as a comic musical revue, it is presented as part of the Seymour Centre’s Great Ideas Performance Series and the Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music’s Out of the Shadows : Rediscovering Jewish Music and Theatre festival.

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The Time of Their Lives – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 31, 2017 by  

Like a dish described on a menu, some things don’t always live up to the promise.  A road movie with two (very) mature Englishwomen, running away from home and behaving disgracefully, plus the promise of late life romance, sounded delicious.

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Australian World Orchestra’s  chamber spin-off…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

July 26, 2017 by  

With the veracity and popularity of the Australian World Orchestra now firmly established, its creators, led by conductor Alexander Briger, no doubt feel the need for development. That’s what last night’s chamber music concert was all about. Read more

Mahler’s longest – but worth the wait: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

The perceived popularity of Mahler’s third symphony was illustrated by the SSO scheduling four performances, three of them in its APT Master Series – rare for any work. The first, in the Opera House last night, vindicated the decision, with a virtually full house which was rewarded with an outstanding musical event. Read more

Out of the Shadows: rediscovering Jewish music and theatre

July 4, 2017 by  

Music and theatrical works of Jewish refugee artists fleeing fascist persecution in the 1930s and 1940s will be rediscovered in a one-off festival staged by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Seymour Centre next month. Read more

A bit of Bach and a bunch of Brahms…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

A hearty main meal had been prepared for Brahms lovers, but not before Israeli/American pianist, Orli Shaham, had served up a substantial starter of Bach. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

July 3, 2017 by  

The last of a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Erwin Schulhoff   [1894-1942]. Read more

And then along came Yuja: a music review

What started out as a ‘special event’ SSO concert, then fell in a hole when the star attraction pulled out, finished up as a roaring success – thanks to a sexy Chinese girl pianist in a stunning, partly see-through evening dress…writes Fraser Beath McEwing Read more

The Australian World Orchestra returns

June 22, 2017 by  

The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) has announced two major performance events for their 2017 season, with internationally renowned conductor Simone Young returning to lead musicians from the AWO and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in a spectacular one-off performance of Olivier Messiaen’s orchestral masterpiece Turangalîla-Symphonie at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

June 17, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features  Darius Mihaud (1892-1974). Read more

Hard at the top: Fraser Beath McEwing meets composer Elena Kats-Chernin

June 12, 2017 by  

Composing classical music is a fraught occupation and Elena Kats-Chernin is not exempt from feeling its pressure. Read more

Wonder Woman – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 2, 2017 by  

As I have been pleasantly surprised before by films I might not have considered my ‘thing’, I did not hesitate to give this action sci-fi fantasy a go.

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Tsujii set the feet stamping…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

May 23, 2017 by  

Japanese pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii, sent the usually reserved Sydney Recital Hall audience into rapturous applause last night, and it wasn’t because he has been able to totally conquer the restrictions of blindness from birth. Read more

From matzo balls to footballs

May 18, 2017 by  

Yvette Wroby has written a love story about family and footy, a story which involves both matzo balls and footballs. Read more

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 18, 2017 by  

Shlemazel* is the best Yiddish word to describe Norman.

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The Sense of an Ending – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 16, 2017 by  

British actors can do grumpy old men really well, and the protagonist here is very good at it.

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Don’t Tell – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 14, 2017 by  

Paedophilia may not sound like the subject for a night out at the movies, but director Tori Garrett has created a compelling Australian tale of lost innocence.

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Whiteley – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 8, 2017 by  

“Somewhere between struggle and rage there’s IT” said Brett Whiteley in this documentary charting his life, work and death.

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