Ferdinand – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 12, 2017 by  

If you are looking for some respite from the heat during the l-o-n-g school and kindy holidays, then by all means, take your little ones to this latest animated outing. Just don’t expect anything new.

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Lucky: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

December 4, 2017 by  

The last film yet released starring the late, prolific Harry Dean Stanton, this is one for the fans, and fans alone. Read more

A big night with the three Bees…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 30, 2017 by  

I have a feeling that the SSO wanted its APT Master Series to finish the year on a high when it nudged its budget with a big orchestra, solo singers, a male chorus (on loan from the Australian Opera) and powered up the organ. Read more

Winners of Chamber Music to perform at The Great

November 28, 2017 by  

After sell out performances at East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, Affinity Collective celebrates Jewish and Czech music at Sydney’s The Great Synagogue. Read more

Voices adds Sydney to its thrilled list

November 23, 2017 by  

The Voices spectacular thrilled two sell-out audiences in Sydney last week, following two equally successful earlier performances in Perth and Melbourne. All were greeted by standing ovations by an enthusiastic, cheering audience… Read more

Goodbye Christopher Robin – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 22, 2017 by  

To those brought up in the English-speaking world, there was no question that Winnie-the-Pooh was English, but I know two who were shocked to discover on arrival in Australia that he was not actually Hungarian.

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Gavrylyuk stunned his audience – literally: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 21, 2017 by  

I’ve never been to a piano recital quite like this one. Ukrainian pianist, Alexander Gavrylyuk, took his audience on such an emotionally demanding journey that, in the end, they felt as exhausted listening as he probably did playing and demanded only one encore before escaping into the balmy Sydney night. Read more

A night for Shostakovich fans – a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 14, 2017 by  

A whole program of Shostakovich was something of a gamble for the SSO concert last night, because not everybody likes his music. Luckily, I’m one who does, although my love blossomed only after many hearings. Read more

Loving Vincent – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 1, 2017 by  

Loving Vincent is a cinematic ode to the paintings of Vincent van Gogh and cannot be compared to anything else.

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Two big fish and one tiddler: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

October 28, 2017 by  

The SSO concert in the APT Master Series presented two major works: the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 47 and Mahler’s Symphony No.1 in D major. Read more

Three Summers – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 27, 2017 by  

Writer and director Ben Elton said recently that despite living in Australia for 30 years he is still regarded as a Pom.  While he’s not exactly a new chum, he does bring his British sense of irony and an ability to pinpoint the ridiculous in this very Australian film.

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Suburbicon: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

October 27, 2017 by  

Suburbicon wants you to think it’s another Coen Brothers classic. Written by the redoubtable pair, Grant Heslov, George Clooney and directed by the latter, it may look and feel like their golden era but lands far off the mark. Read more

Madama Butterfly: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

October 25, 2017 by  

Last July Victoria’s Minister for Creative Arts, (in)famously accused Opera Australia of being happy to have an audience that will “die in their seats”. Read more

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

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