My catch cry in life to family and friends has always been ‘that if life is to be considered an adventure at all then we must be ready in 20 minutes to go to Venice’. La Serenissima is surely the most magical of cities in the world. And, if we take Johnnie Depp and Angelina Jolie’s lead from The Tourist then we will all be planning a trip there soon.
Venice features in Muse News this month. The owner of the Villa Rigoni Savioli in the countryside outside Venice contacted us to say he had a fresco of Angelica with her rescuer Rinaldo (our logo) painted by one of the Renaissance’s celebrated fresco artists Giovanni Battista Zelotti (1526–1578). Read all about this lovely villa at Padua nearby to Venice, which is in the Palladian style and a wonderful example of a why such beautiful villas became both architecturally and culturally influential. Its foundations are in the story of an Ancient Roman Villa, which represented the cultural ideal of rural life.
This past month has also seen a great diversity of Conversations, including Concepts of Culture – empowerment of, by and for the people, which invites you to GetUp and join Australia’s great action group to make it happen. The Celts aren’t a coming, they’re already here - is about a captivating ancient culture many Australians are linked to through their ancestors. Mezzo Soprano Kathleen Procter Moore is leaving Celtic Footprints everywhere and her album is surely the perfect present for those who love Celtic music.
If you want to get into some cool swinging new age jazz then Laique has launched their first album Cravin Just a Little Misbehavin in time for the holiday season. And for something wonderfully different the classic Chinese Ehru Soloist Ma Xiaohui is coming from China to perform beautiful and elegant Erhu music at the Asian Pacific Screen Awards Ceremony at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre on Thursday 2nd December 2010.
Virtuoso organist Christopher Wrench continues to wow all at St Mary’s Kangaroo Point where, on December 19th at 5:30 pm, he will accompany the Canticum Chamber Choir as they present Sing Noël, a Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas. Sounds divine.
At Brisbane Alchemy, Australia’s Baroque Period Ensemble will be performing the best of Baroque music for strings and harpsichord in locations in the city and on the coast. And, just a reminder about A Must for Musicians – Summer Workshops.
For those planning a trip there is a Terrific Trio of Boutique Style Museums – In Sydney, Paris and London to consider. And, there is plenty of fabulous exhibitions and events in December around Australia. Next week I go to Sydney for the premiere season of the Pinchgut Opera’s splendid production of Joseph Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo Orpheus+Eurydice. If you enjoy spontaneity make a Booking, jump on a plane and be there.
While I am in Sydney I will also attend a symposium for the blockbuster exhibition The First Emperor: China’s Entombed Warriors at the Sydney Art Gallery.
You may care to explore our FREE online videos on our You Tube Channel during the holidays. There are many new posts, which include another in the Revolutionaries and Romantics series: The Regency – Caricatures, Cosmetics and Connubial Bliss, harmony before marriage.
Our offering wouldn’t be complete without a comment on the coming royal nuptials as people ponder what Katie will be a Queen, Princess or Duchess.
Christmas is fast approaching and there are some great books to read or give as presents. Our Books of the Month are about a great hero Lawrence of Arabia and the fascinating story of the making of the 3D blockbuster Avatar.
We recommend www.bookoffers for all your books as they offer an international search engine that finds you the best price in Australian dollars and delivers it right to your door.
The key message of Christmas is about giving and unconditional love. So make a big difference by Dining Out at Restaurants on the Streetsmart Dining List and adding a gold $2 coin to your tip. Help StreetSmart find solutions, fund projects and provide critical emergency aid. A small amount, but a big gesture.
Thank you for your continuing support throughout 2010. Please accept my very best wishes for a happy and contented Christmas and New Year with those you love.
Happy holidays, Carolyn
Photo by Antoine Matarasso