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Broadway to La Scala – Evening of Glamour, Passion & Romance

Broadway Stars 3Australia is in love with music, most especially musical theatre and a touring evening of songs from Broadway to La Scala, generating ideas of glamour, passion and romance, will be sure to go down a treat.

Nurturing the spirit, from Puccini to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bizet to Gershwin and Verdi to Cole Porter, this unique concert experience will feature many of the greatest songs, arias and duets of the last two centuries.

Featuring a quartet of seriously talented Australian performing artists Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson, Greta Bradman and Lisa McCune, From Broadway to La Scala the concert will debut at Brisbane in QPAC Concert Hall before touring to Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth 2 – 26th September, 2015.

Australia’s foremost highly acclaimed contemporary singers will be accompanied by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra to perform classic opera arias from Carmen, La Boheme as well as iconic show stopping tunes by composers Stephen Sondheim, Rogers and Hammerstein plus Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Sure to delight audiences, musical theatre lovely Lisa McCune expressed her excitement! “It’s not every day one hears the magic of Cole Porter alongside the genius of Puccini” she said.

Together they will all open act One with wonderful music from West Side Story.

Lisa & Greta

Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific will infuse those who have never heard the towering and mighty New Zealand born Teddy Tahu Rhodes sing before with excitement.

The landmark Opera Australia production of South Pacific in Australia with Lisa McCune as Ensign Nellie Forbush and Rhodes as the handsome French planter Emile De Becque, was a huge hit.

Rising young opera singer Greta Bradman will be sure to thrill audiences with a seamless blend of classical elegance and theatrical glamour.

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AA&ADA 2015 Sydney Antiques Fair – Decorative Arts Showcased

Figural group of Jason and Medea at The Altar of Diana. Soft-paste porcelain, Derby, c. 1775 courtesy Etruria Antiques Gallery

Figural group of Jason and Medea at The Altar of Diana. Soft-paste porcelain, Derby, c. 1775 courtesy Etruria Antiques Gallery

The decorative arts have been defined as art meant to be useful as well as aesthetically beautiful. This includes categories such as ceramics, furniture, jewelry, glass and textiles.

Forming collections of precious possessions is a matter for the heart, not the head. Often it needs some inspiration or significant event to trigger off what for many becomes a lifelong, and often very emotional obsession.

In the west the ancient societies of Greece and Rome are at the foundation of the stylistic traditions in the visual and performance arts.

The stories attached to the evolution of art, design and style will be reflected in the decorative arts showcased at the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA) 2015 Sydney Antiques Fair held in the Kensington Room at Royal Randwick, 9 – 13th September.

A delightful palette of colours was used for painting this soft-paste porcelain figural group of Jason and Medea at the Altar of Diana, made at Derby in England around 1775.

The Goddess is defined by her crescent moon hair ornament and is offered by the appropriately named Etruria Antiques Gallery. A classic name, Etruria was revived in the nineteenth century and applied to a region in Northern Italy inhabited by those who had built their towns on several Tuscan hills.

French Faience Chocolate PotThe Etruscans were the dominant culture in the north by 650 BC and lived in what is now known as Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria.

They traded with the Greeks and colonies in Sicily and Ionia and their passion for Greek art was so great it is said the tombs of Etruria yielded more Greek vases than Greece itself

In England during the eighteenth century such objects were required to fit out your new, classically inspired country house, reflecting that you had correct taste (correct the key, taken from the correctness of classical architecture).

If it wasn’t in correct taste, whether it was in good or bad taste, became entirely irrelevant and something not really worth considering at all.

If you are wishing to become a collector in the world of either antiques or art, there is a golden rule.

Endeavour to collect only quality examples from any period of your choice and the category you are passionate about and have an interest in expanding your knowledge.

Ceramics in France had been produced in Normandy since the Middle Ages from clay found in its sedimentary riverbanks and where the plentiful forests were harvested to fire the kilns.

The Norman’s preference for superb craftsmanship are apparent in their faience whose charm is undeniable.

This rare French faience chocolate pot from Moorabool Antique Galleries in Victoria with its original wooden stirring stick is an appealing item dating from 1770 at the height of the neoclassical style.

Captain Cook Plaque

Very Rare Prattware pearlware plaque depicting Captain Cook, c. 1790 courtesy Alan Landis Antiques

The eighteenth century chocolate pot has a ‘baluster form’ with motifs from antiquity and a landscape painted in puce, a new shade of purplish brown, a colour made fashionable by France’s Queen Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) to which a couturier gave the affected name of ‘Honest Compromise’.

King Louis VI (1754-1793) laughingly noted ‘puce’ was the colour of a flea, and various sub shades called fleas belly, fleas back and fleas thigh became the rage at a time when the French or Italian cut of your clothes, with perhaps a partiality for prose or poetry, was enough to provide evidence of your enlightenment.

A very rare piece of Australiana, a Prattware pearlware plaque depicting Captain Cook c1790, will be on offer from ‘enlightened’ dealer Alan Landis Antiques, one of Australia’s foremost authorities on English Ceramics (1750-1950) and Australian Decorative Arts.

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