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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.

Harrington Commode at Sotheby’s Auction by Chippendale?

Harrington Commode at Sotheby’s Auction by Chippendale?

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From London comes the announcement by leading auction house Sotheby’s that it has a very special marquetry commode coming up in a sale in December. Lot 69 is declared as ‘almost certainly by Thomas Chippendale’. Entitled the Harrington Commode it is described as an important George III Gilt-lacquered brass mounted fustic, rosewood, tulipwood and marquetry commode made circa 1770 (within ten years either way). The estimate is 600,000 to 1,000,000 GBP

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?

Firth @ Fifty – Speaking King’s English in the King’s Speech

Firth @ Fifty – Speaking King’s English in the King’s Speech

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The sets and stunning settings for The King’s Speech take us all back to an epoch when people really knew how to live at every level and had the ready necessary and style to do it. The critics certainly all agree. The King’s Speech is a movie with style to burn and a script of wonderfully witty dialogue that resonates with just the right amount of emotion to draw us in.

Geeks are Great – Sarah Walker & Nerd Herder Chuck pure gold

Geeks are Great – Sarah Walker & Nerd Herder Chuck pure gold

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For those who haven’t caught up with NBC’s great geek, the larger than life loveable Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) a Nerd Herder (fixes your computer problems) based in an electrical superstore, the Buy More (now also a CIA secret base), then you are missing a treat.

Looking forward to tenor Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus, questing for love for the Pinchgut Opera

Looking forward to tenor Andrew Goodwin as Orpheus, questing for love for the Pinchgut Opera

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The highly skilled and accomplished young Australian born tenor Andrew Goodwin will sing the challenging role of Orpheus in the Sydney based Pinchgut Opera’s production of Joseph Haydn’s l’Anima del Filosofo: Orpheus+Eurydice this December.

A Cultural Conundrum – Melbourne vs Brisbane, the new Black?

A Cultural Conundrum – Melbourne vs Brisbane, the new Black?

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It was very interesting to discover that the cover story in the A2 Section (Culture and Life) of the The Age Newspaper on Saturday October 16, 2010  here in Melbourne was about Brisbane. The headline read  ‘Forget Melbourne vs Sydney. Is Brisbane our new cultural capital’? The byline added ‘Brisbane’s…

Editorial – Muse News October 2010

Editorial – Muse News October 2010

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Hello, my name is Carolyn McDowall and I would like to welcome you to the October edition of Muse~News the newsletter of The Culture Concept Circle (The Circle). We hope this issue demonstrates our purpose well and that Muse~News will become of increasing value and interest to our readers. Our…

Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice for the Pinchgut Opera

Elena Xanthoudakis as Eurydice for the Pinchgut Opera

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Australian born opera singer Elena Xanthoudakis, whose heritage on her father’s side is appropriately Greek, is starring as Eurydice, and the Spirit this December in the Pinchgut Opera’s presentation of L’Anima del Filosofo – Orpheus + Eurydice by Joseph Haydn at Sydney. A must for opera buffs it will also seduce those who are opera virgins.

Chatsworth, the Attic sale

Chatsworth, the Attic sale

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From London comes the news that arguably, England’s most famous country palace, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, is having an ‘Attic Sale’ at Sotheby’s, London in October.

This spring clean out by the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will indeed be an amazing event. What they have in their attic will certainly be worth a look at least, if not a personal perusal and perchance, perhaps a bid or two. The items will certainly reflect the evolution of art, design and style down the centuries.

Editorial – Muse News September 2010

Editorial – Muse News September 2010

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Hi, it is with great pleasure we welcome members, subscribers and supporters to Muse News September 2010. We have intentionally built a lot of flexibility into the subjects covered by our newsletter, so you can access it, read the articles and watch online videos at your convenience…

And Furthermore… Judi Dench

And Furthermore… Judi Dench

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Who else but England’s most loved and revered actors the delightful (Dame) Judi Dench would use such a wonderful word as furthermore, in the title of her much awaited autobiography. At last she tells her own story for the first time, and in her own words, and her impish sense of humour contributes vividly to her account of more than half a century as Britain’s best-loved actress. And furthermore…