The Paradox of Art as Work


There are few modern relationships as fraught as the one between art and money. Are they mortal enemies, secret lovers or perfect soul mates? Is the bond between them a source of pride or shame, a marriage of convenience or something tawdrier? The way we habitually think and talk about these matters betrays a deep and venerable ambivalence. On one ... Read More »

Cultural Cooperation

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As the guns were finally silent, Romanian diplomat and President of EUNIC in London Mr Dorian Branea tells Venetia van Kuffeler how he knew it was time for cooperation, and his calling for public service 1. How long have you been President of EUNIC in London? Can you give me a brief rundown of your career and how you got ... Read More »

Shaking the Tree choir – On the Turning Away


On the Turning Away is a song by Pink Floyd about the social divisiveness of Thatcherism in 1980′s England. It has been revived and recorded by Shaking the Tree choir and presented here as both a protest against current social policy towards asylum seekers in Australia, and an affirmation of our shared humanity and capacity for compassionate action and response. ... Read More »

You Can Hear the Taste of Spices by Touching This Poster


If you have synesthesia, where one sensory input involuntarily stimulates another, the world is a symphony of color and a painting of sound. Taken from the Greek words “syn” (together) and “aisthesis” (perception), folks with synesthesia report one sense triggering another in a variety of combinations—they can hear color or smells, for example. Though it’s hard to pin an accurate number ... Read More »

Maestro’s support for Putin may spark protests on great orchestra’s tour

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The LSO chief conductor’s Putin connection has stirred unrest. As far as classical tours go, the news is as big as it gets: for the first time in 30 years, the London Symphony Orchestra is coming to Australia this November. The resident orchestra of the Barbican in London – and the group that played John Williams’ scores for all six ... Read More »

A Phoenix Rises in Melbourne’s Music Scene

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As a lover of Opera, I was excited and admittedly curious of what I was about to see. However on my way to the opening, speculative thoughts and doubts surfaced my mind; how will this renowned and ambitious opera of Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece “Otello”  be produced, directed and interpreted? Would it be of passable standard? Would it equal the European ... Read More »

Music Review: Musica Viva: Sitkovetsky Trio

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Presented by Musica Viva and Adelaide International Cello Festival Posted by Gordon Forester on Apr 5th, 2014 and filed under Arts Festivals, Breaking News, Music, What’s On. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed. A Russian, a Chinese, and a ... Read More »

Debunking the Anzac myth starts with the stories we tell our children


An illustrated book about the battlefield’s real legacy encourages young Australians to contemplate the futility of war John Schumann has turned his anti-war anthem I Was Only Nineteen into an illustrated children’s book. Video: Allen & Unwin As the centenary of the first world war approaches, our children will hear an awful lot of stories about glorious Australian battlefield victories, ... Read More »

Η Στέλλα Αξαρλή σκηνοθετεί όπερα

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Η Διεθνούς φήμης ομογενής σοπράνο Στέλλα Αξαρλή, επιστρέφει στην όπερα, από μια άλλη θέση. Σκηνοθετεί αυτή την φορά τον «Οθέλο» του Σαίξπηρ, σε μουσική του Βέρντι, για τέσσερις μόνο παραστάσεις στην Μελβούρνη. Η Στέλλα Αξαρλή μίλησε στο Ελληνικό πρόγραμμά της ραδιοφωνίας SBS και την Εμμα Παπαεμμανουήλ για την νέα της δραστηριότητα αλλά και την τελειομανία που οδηγεί την φύση της. ... Read More »