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The Secret’s out!

Beautiful black and white images from the rehearsals of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s current season of Venice Secrets. The season continues at the City Recital Hall. Images taken by Steven Godbee and reproduced with his kind permission.      
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Verdi and Wagner – contemporaries who were worlds apart

  Verdi and Wagner. Born in the same year each took opera to unprecedented levels in keeping with their national identities. There the similarities grind to a very definite end. Thames and Hudson has recently published a book on the lives and works of these giants of music drama. The author, Tasmanian born Peter Conrad, taught English Literature at…
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The afflictions of music

Readers will be familiar with numerous studies claiming the physical and psychological benefits of participating in musical activities. The pressures of being a solo performer in the public eye are anything but calming. Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix – rock stars who died young weren’t the only ones. In classical music, Pergolesi,…
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