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Midsumma Review: Love, Rorem

Reviewed by: Kerstyn Dance I’ll admit that before going into this performance, I had no idea who Ned Rorem was and why he was so special that someone would so carefully curate such a dedication to him through song. However, by the (somewhat sad) closing tune I was suddenly a new fan, vowing to send myself down some kind of Wikipedia wormhole when I got home. What a guy!! The kind of artistic intellectual you’ve love to use as your answer to the age-old ‘who would you most want as a dinner guest, alive or dead?’ Not knowing what to expect, it transpired that the 45 Downstairs venue was a perfect choice as I walked into the softly-lit pink hues of the intimate setting, the sounds of a piano playing gently, a pile of Ned Rorem’s works artfully stacked beside a piano. The cool, relaxed setting which felt as though it could easily be a post-war underground European club was well-selected to not outshine cabaret singer Belinda Hanne Reid (Depserettes, 2018) with piano accompaniment by …

The Classics are back across Stonnington

Music lovers will enjoy a series of free outdoor performances from some of Australia’s most accomplished artists when The Classics concert series returns to Stonnington’s parks and gardens this summer. Performers at The Classics include Archie Roach, The Jack Earle Big Band and Rhonda Burchmore, with the concerts set to cover the genres of Opera (1 February), Broadway (15 February) and Symphony (22 February). City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos, congratulated the series’ Artistic Directors for bringing together an exciting range of talent from across the musical landscape. “The Classics series continues to offer our community enjoyable and outstanding musical performances, which is a credit to the artistic direction,” said Cr Stefanopoulos. “Taking place outdoors in Stonnington’s historic parks and gardens you’ll get the best of musical, orchestral and vocal talent in stunning surrounds,” added Cr Stefanopoulos. The Classics: Opera Saturday 1 February, 7.30pm at Victoria Gardens, Prahran Award-winning Australian Director Cameron Menzies will bring political thriller Puccini’s Tosca to the stage, with an abridged version of this classic opera to be performed in …

Request Artists – DJ & Artists for Events Booking Platform

What is Request Artists?Request Artists is a marketplace where you can book the best Australian DJ’s and Artists for your events.  Request Artists service any event or special occasion in Australia.  For example: Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas Parties, Office / Corporate events ANY event that requires quality music by a well-known DJ.  Due to Request Artists’ extensive event and festival experience, they can also organise Sound and Audio-Visual if required (see below for more info).  Who formed Request Artists? John Course, John Curtin & Piero Giovannini are the three Founders behind Request Artists.  They each have extensive experience & contacts in venue bookings and event services via their networks.  They have all worked across the Music, Artist, Hospitality & Digital space for over 20 years and have a great passion for hosting quality events.  They are very well respected within the Music & Events Business community and have great music, event and marketing experience. What sparked the idea behind Request Artists?After being approached many times to play private events as a DJ, the idea of a booking …

Opera for the people

Opera For The People

The most famous arias and Australia’s most famous housewife, all under the stars for free! On Saturday 1 February 2020, Opera Australia and Anthony Pratt present Opera for the People, a free performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Hosting the evening will be the inimitable Dame Edna. “I’ve never graced Melbourne’s historic Music Bowl so hosting this Opera for the People is a first and it’ll be the operatic experience of a lifetime”. Edna will be joined on stage by some of Australia’s best singers, including local Melbournian Baritone Simon Meadows and Mezzo Soprano Angela Hogan. They will all perform alongside Orchestra Victoria under the baton of Brian Castles-Onion. The evening will be filled with exhilarating performances of opera’s best known arias and overtures including the Habanera from Carmen, Nessun Dorma from Turandot, and musical classics to sing along to from My Fair Lady and Annie Get your Gun. Opera for the People has a fantastic program that is sure to delight opera aficionados and novices alike. Thanks to the generosity of Anthony Pratt …

‘THE ESTATE’ A NEW EXHIBITION BY PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTIST MARNIE HADDAD

Marnie Haddad unveils her new exhibition, ‘The Estate’ at Graham Geddes salon from 15 –22 March 2019.  Haddad’s new works draw inspiration from her love of classic film, depicted in her evocative and poetic portraits utilising shadow and subtle illumination. Haddad’s cinematic staging, rich painterly hues, technical precision and romantic undercurrents are beautifully articulated in this latest photographic essay. In this series, Haddad illustrates ‘a time that stands still’, she commented – “it’s neither comforting nor unsettling, but focuses on the kind of timeless travel that stops the clock and allows your imagination to transport you.” The fantasy that cinema brings has long ignited Haddad’s artistic sensibilities, she recalls being mesmerized by a flickering theatre scene where ordinary objects take on deeper meanings – the pink fluted glass, the arranged flowers, the street lights casting stripes through the venetian blinds, the curtains locked in folds, the heavy velvet that sits and fades with the migrating sun. Haddad’s quest is to keep alive and tangible the fantasy that sometimes exists only in our minds. The result …

Melbourne International Flower and Garden show

March may mark the start of autumn, but at the Royal Exhibition Building activity is blossoming with the return of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) Presented by Lawn Solutions Australia, March 27 – 31, 2019. The event is predicted to attract over 100, 000 visitors from across the nation and overseas. The annual convergence of the most talented landscape designers, progressive florists, emerging design talent, DIY specialists, well over 200 exhibitors and thousands of flowers provides evergreen inspiration for the year to come. With new charity partner Beyond Blue aligned with the Show, visitors can expect gardens that are not only visually arresting, but are emotionally stirring as they tap the sense of tranquillity and wellbeing that comes from connecting with nature. The annual Landscape Design Show Gardens welcome an impressive line-up of local and international talent with confirmed designers including: NZFGS Gold Medallist Bayley LuuTomes, a collaboration between Candeo Design, Jason Hodges for Lawn Solutions and Semken Landscaping, MUSA Landscapes in partnership with Beyond Blue, Inge Jabara, Christian Jenkins, Waddell Landscapes, …

Village Market comes to Werribee Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s lawns will come to life this February and March with the Village Market. Stalls, performances, food, drink and craft activities will infuse each Sunday with all the colours and flavours of Africa in this brand-new experience. What: Village Market is a new Sunday experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo featuring stalls, musical performances, food, drink and craft activities. When: 11am – 3pm each Sunday in February and March 2019. Cost: Free with a general admission ticket (kids under 16 free on weekends). Food, drink and wares available for purchase.

Unveiling of the biggest rhino sculpture in Melbourne

On 2nd February 2019, the Melbourne public will be bewildered by the unveiling of The Wonderful Two, which will offer the creation of lifelong memories through a unique and interactive sculpture experience. The bronze immortalization of Najin and Fatu by Australian eco-warrior artists Gillie and Marc will be instrumental in bringing hope to the survival of rhinos! The sculpture will be proudly launched at Republica, St. Kilda Sea Baths, right on the St Kilda foreshore, on Melbourne’s second most visited destination, St Kilda Beach. This is an incredible location that will give visibility and create awareness for this very important cause, so Gillie and Marc are extremely grateful for this opportunity. The sculpture is set to be aligned with the hashtag #LoveTheLast. Visitors will be asked to take a photo with the artwork and share it with the hashtag, jump starting efforts to spread critical awareness. Signage will also educate, and direct the public to a donations page set-up for Najin and Fatu, so they can live out their much-deserved final days in peace at Ol …

Kidchella & Summer Nights

Dust off your fringed crops and denim cut offs! An internationally-inspired, Summer music and crafts festival is coming to Melbourne’s West and you don’t need to camp out for tickets or drive to the desert. Designed for both the young and young at heart, and for the first time ever, Highpoint Shopping Centre is hosting Kidchella from Monday 21 – Friday 25 January, followed by Summer Nights from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 February 2019. Highpoint’s youngest partygoers are invited to Kidchella, commencing on Monday 21 January. One for the school holidays’ bucket list, Kidchella will include hands-on craft activities where little ones can create their very own flower crown, tote bag, dream catcher or bracelet. The event week will end with a big finale, where kids can hit the dancefloor at the ultimate silent disco on Friday 25 January. An Instagrammer’s heaven, Summer Nights will be headlined by a Coachella-inspired labyrinth and walkthrough cactus garden, alongside tent-shaped dressing rooms for Festival Makeovers by Mecca Maxima. In addition to the Instagram-worthy photo moments, festivalgoers can get involved in ‘crafternoons’ to create their very own beaded …

MLIVE 2019

Following a critically acclaimed inaugural year, the MLIVE 2019 season has launched. Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) has curated a sensational program of Australian and international live music, theatre and dance that is certain excite.  Commencing in March and running until October 2019, the season is broken up into five program themes: Progress, Weightless, Family Fiesta, Symphonic and Wood, Metal & Vibrating Air, each offering a series of carefully curated events suitable for all ages and tastes.  Created with the aim of making the performing arts accessible to Melbourne’s diverse communities, MLIVE is a year-round program of events spanning across a range of genres including theatre, jazz, classical music, dance, musicals, and children’s theatre. Tickets to the 2019 season of MLIVE are on sale now. For more information, the full program and to book, visit http://www.monash.edu/mlive.