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The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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The Culture Concept Circle is a friendly meeting place for those with an interest in the arts (performance and visual), design history and the continuing development of a sustainable and creative society. It’s all about art, design and style past, present and future. Hundreds of FREE posts are published on…

The Percy Grainger Companion – edited by Penelope Thwaites AM

The Percy Grainger Companion – edited by Penelope Thwaites AM

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The central theme of The New Percy Grainger Companion, which has been edited by talented Australian music maker Penelope Thwaites AM, is to give information and help to young aspiring musicians and students of music from established musicians, who have a professional career in performing his life-celebrating repertoire.

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. – Memories of Nindooinbah

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I am writing this on the seventh anniversary of the passing of Margaret de Burgh Persse Hockey O.A.M. (8 January 1941 – 11 February 2004). She lived all her life in one of Queensland’s most historic houses, Nindooinbah, which is sited superbly in a lovely valley nearby to Beaudesert in Queensland…

The Music of Friends with Christopher Wrench & Louise King

The Music of Friends with Christopher Wrench & Louise King

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Commencing on the 28th February at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art at Brisbane the Chamber Music Series will include works from all the great composers spanning all the eras of music from the Baroque to the 21st Century.

The music of friends, as chamber music is often described today, is indeed appealing. Designed originally for a close up and personal encounter, it gently consumes the listener, providing a memorable experience that lifts the spirit and rewards the soul.

BOOK NOW – Jane Eaglen, greatest Wagnerian singer of her generation at Brisbane in January

BOOK NOW – Jane Eaglen, greatest Wagnerian singer of her generation at Brisbane in January

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Dramatic soprano Jane Eaglen sings with the Metropolitan Opera, la Scala, Covent Garden, the Deutsche Opera in Berlin and in Glasgow with the Scottish Opera. She is being brought to Australia by Sound Thinking Australia to mentor singers in a Summer School at Brisbane in January. She will give one concert performance only while she is here at GoMa

A Pinchgut Opera Xmas Treat – Pure Poetry in Musical Motion

A Pinchgut Opera Xmas Treat – Pure Poetry in Musical Motion

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Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice and Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus in the 2010 Pinchgut Opera production of Franz Joseph Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice – photographs by Simon Hodgson

There was a breathtaking moment during the first hour of the 5pm Sunday performance of the Pinchgut Opera’s 2010 production of composer Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)’s L’anima del filosofo, Orpheus + Eurydice when I became aware of a most beautiful moment of stillness yet attained by any audience I have ever known at the Opera.

It seemed to me as if it was collectively holding its breath so as not to disturb the sheer beauty and depth of the emotional intensity attained in a duet being sung so superbly by the lovers Orpheus and Eurydice portrayed so brilliantly by soprano Elena Xanthoudakis and tenor Andrew Goodwin. Their voices blended into a moment of such perfection that it was truly hard to comprehend and for me, quite literally hard to come to terms with. It felt like dying and going to heaven all that the same time.

Choir by Della Robbia

Hallelujah Chorus: Surprise & Elation at Macy’s, New York

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How clever of the Opera Company of Philadelphia to infiltrate the shoppers at Macy’s in New York and sing the Hallelujah Chorus as a surprise, lighting a spark

Lullaby Sweet Baby – Songs of Love and Nurture

Lullaby Sweet Baby – Songs of Love and Nurture

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Listening to Elizabeth (Beth) McBride’s new CD Lullaby Sweet Baby we experience the power of beautiful music… and how it truly washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. If you have babies, or are expecting one, then this beautiful CD of lullabies is the Christmas stocking present for 2010.

Alchemy, pure gold performing music for strings and harpsichord

Alchemy, pure gold performing music for strings and harpsichord

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Alchemy performs regularly on original and replica instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries when the art of harmony of music expressed perfect happiness and inner peace through bold and harmonic forms that could also be enjoyed by the soul in heaven. Based on the same principles of proportion and harmony present in architecture and gardens, Baroque music (circa 1600 – 1750) was all at once a triumph of structured symmetry and the manifestation of an ideal and a model for the community and its life.

Music of the Month: Laique, ‘Cravin just a little Misbehavin’ – An Album review of Jazz to keep you Swinging

Music of the Month: Laique, ‘Cravin just a little Misbehavin’ – An Album review of Jazz to keep you Swinging

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All those at the launch night of the first album by the all new slightly offbeat, awesome, cool, definitely new age groovy jazz group Laique, must have certainly enjoyed getting down with Cravin just a little Misbehavin their premier album. At the end of the day it would have been just the right mix to keep everyone going all night.

L’anima del filosofo – Orpheus+Eurydice Premiere at Sydney

L’anima del filosofo – Orpheus+Eurydice Premiere at Sydney

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Eighteenth century Composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo will premiere at Sydney, Australia Thursday 2 December 2010. It is being sung for four nights only. 2, 4, 5 and 7 December at the Angel Place Recital Hall. It is an opera in Italian in four acts whose libretto is based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, as told in first century Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

At Brisbane – BIRDVOICE – The Ornithologist’s Dream, New Works by John Anderson

At Brisbane – BIRDVOICE – The Ornithologist’s Dream, New Works by John Anderson

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Artist John Anderson’s exhibition of new works confirms his enthusiasm for the beauty of birds in the Australian landscape. He has recorded his delight for future generations before many beautiful birds become extinct or, otherwise disappear beneath the onslaught of civilization.

Adventures in Art with Amelia Batchelor – Sagittarians rock!

Adventures in Art with Amelia Batchelor – Sagittarians rock!

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Meeting New Zealand born painter, sculptor, drawing and chalk artist Amelia (Mealie) Batchelor, whose view of life is a continual journey of discovery, has been one of great joy. We met at Brisbane where we had both found ourselves after leaving the cities where we were born. Me Sydney, she Auckland.

Editorial – Muse News November 2010

Editorial – Muse News November 2010

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There has been a great many posts added to the website during October and it will be the same during November so that there is a lot of holiday reading, or viewing on our You Tube Channel for you to catch up on over Christmas. Who would believe that it is only 53 days until Christmas…yeeks, where did the year go?