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The movements that make the music

This is an absolutely fascinating animation from the New York Times of the connection between a conductor’s gestures, the responses of the musicians and the sounds that are created. Alan Gilbert, the music director of the New York Philharmonic talks it through: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/04/06/arts/music/the-connection-between-gesture-and-music.html?ref=classicalmusic#
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Don Giovanni re-invented…

Paris, London, Los Angeles, Berlin – all these cities will host productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2012. The London production, is at heaven nighclub and completely re-invents the character…… http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/11/don-giovanni-hero-or-villain
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Jonas Kauffman interviewed

  The impossibly perfect tenor Jonas Kauffman in a recent interview with The Guardian. In June he sings in a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Anna Netrebko and ErwinSchrott, and also at Covent Garden in Les Troyens. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/apr/05/jonas-kaufmann-tenor-great-pretender
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Halcyon and Vox Dream and Dance into the 21st century

 When the voices of Halcyon get together with the voices of Vox, you can expect a vision of the future. This weekend they collaborate in a programme called Dreams and Dances in which the focus is very definitely on the ‘here and now’ as well as on ‘what’s next’. Halcyon is Australia’s premiere new music vocal ensemble, created…
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APRA/AMCOS Art Music Award winners 2012.

Last week APRA/AMCOS announced its annual Art Music Awards winners for 2012. The awards acknowledge achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music. There are ten national awards and several State Awards which include these categories as well as outstanding contributions by individuals and organisations in Australian music, music education and regional music. The Art Music Awards were…
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A new name for the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra

It’s not so old, but already the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra has re-invented itself and will, in future be known as The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO). Here’s the announcement from the orchestra: “It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce that the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra will officially be rebranded as THE METROPOLITAN ORCHESTRA (TMO) at our next…
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Latest reviews

…and another review

Murray Black reviews the same performance (SSO/Mahler 2) for The Australian: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/epic-conclusion-to-brilliant-cycle/story-fn9d2mxu-1226205361821

Mahler2/SSO:’A thrilling valediction’

Peter McCallum reviews the opening night performance of Mahler’s Symphony No 2 ‘Resurrection’ by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with soprano Emma Matthews, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung and the Sydney Philhamonia Choirs, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/a-rich-and-brooding-farewell-to-majestic-mahler-odyssey-20111124-1nwtb.html The performance is repeated on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Monday 28th November, with a live broadcast on ABC Classic…