Hot on the heels of the success of Downton Abbey, which captivated the hearts of English viewers during 2010, comes news of the all new three part series of its inspiration, Upstairs Downstairs. It is another character laden piece filled with wonderfully flawed people ensuring that everyone viewing feels right at home.
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‘It’s not just about cops and action, but also about characters and relationships’….said actor Scott Caan about the new completely ‘cool’ version of the iconic cop show Hawaii Five O. The re-imaging of this highly original popular series stars Australian actor Alex O’Loughlin as the legendary Lieutenant Commander Steven ‘Steve’ McGarrett.
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.
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…
Expat Australian musicians who are friends in London are among those honouring the works and 50th annniversary of esteemed Melbourne born Australian composer and pianist George Percy Grainger 1882 – 1961. They are all participating in The Grainger Festival, a four-day event at Kings Place, reports brilliant young Dalby born pianist Jayson Gillham from London.
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.
Costume is, and remains an important footnote to culture. It is both a changing and eternal form of human expression. In the new English series Downton Abbey, which we recently reviewed, the costumes for both men and women are truly superb, mostly tailor made for its bevvy of actors both upstairs and down.
Each year Ian and Lee Lucas open their lovely parklands at beautiful Montville in Queensland for you to enjoy music from the great composers.
The act of reading has been for me, in my lifetime, both saviour and friend. I particularly love reading about people. So biographies are always near the top of my list. And, having worked in the creative industry for much of my life, poetry, classic novels, art, design and style books are next…but
G’day Oprah. Welcome to Australia. The first image we have of you in Australia is cuddling a Koala, the quintessential shot to have. As you tour around Australia in these last weeks before Christmas in pursuit of happiness on your ‘farewell tour’ we would wish that you go well. For many you are the Santa Claus coming down the chimney or in the door this holiday season.
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
WOW, was all I could say when I viewed the trailer for The Borgias, the next blockbuster from Showtime, which brought us The Tudors, one of the most fabulous television series of all time. This new series will star one of my all time favourite actors, Jeremy Irons, as Pope Alexander VI (1431 – 1503), best known for his corrupt rule. What he lacked in morals he made up for by trailblazing intrigue with a capital I.
It seems someone believes the Harrington Commode is likely to be by eighteenth century master craftsman Thomas Chippendale based on the price received at Auction overnight at Sotheby’s, London
An alert about the Christmas Can Can was sent to me by a friend in Shanghai, who always finds the time to source out some of the most creative, charming and amusing videos around. Enter into the spirit of Christmas. Enjoy
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.