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Sybarite5 ~ Kickstarting the Forward Festival

Sybarite5, that great quintet that specializes in transcriptions is back, and they are currently raising money through Kickstarter for an event called the Forward Festival… 575 more words

New Classical Music

A Piece That Calls For New Beginnings

Anton Bruckner’s works are magisterial, powerful, and grounded, monuments of tonal power. The Austrian’s seventh symphony, one of his most famous, has the power, but it has what some of his other pieces lack: melody. 29 more words

life of a music student

There was a vast array of responses to my decision to pursue music, but most of them went something along the veins of: ”Errr….okay’ ‘you’re combining that with something right; not just music?’ ‘do you just like, play all day then?’ I had received a good-enough mark at the end of Year 12 to have gone on to complete a more traditional degree – law, commerce, and the like – so it seemed unfathomable to some that I would choose a degree with such unpredictability and no apparent practical usefulness.


Team of Operatic Rivals — Puccini’s ‘Butterfly,’ and Strauss’ ‘Die Frau ohne Schatten’ and ‘Der Rosenkavalier,’ at the Met (Part Two)

So Alike, Yet So Different

At the time of its 1919 premiere in Vienna, Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten, or “The Woman Without a Shadow,” was already being labeled as one of the most demanding large-scale works of the early 20th century: demanding not only in its orchestral and vocal scoring, but in the ultra-fantastical scenic and staging requirements as well. 2,453 more words

Musical Theater

Memories, Macaroons and the Middle Classes

As I arrive at the school I’m given a weak handshake from the head and a chummy slap on the shoulder as he smiles at me with an unmistakable mask of indifference that I’ve worryingly recognised in the eyes of more than one headmaster “Welcome, welcome. 733 more words

Classical Music

R is for Russian Ballet, Crown of the Russian Ballet (A-Z Challenge, April 2014)

The other day I received a press release about the Crown of the Russian Ballet, a company which is making a four city tour of South Africa in May 2014 (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria). 448 more words

Classical Music

Headaches, Neck Tension and Guitar Playing

I’ve gone through a significant journey personally over the last two or three years in really examining why I was getting headaches, neck, shoulder and back pains – and boy, did I suffer with these things! 750 more words

Classical Guitar