Posts tagged Classical Music
Kathryn Selby, Grace Clifford and Clancy Newman open Selby and Friends season by exploring Beethoven's chamber music repertoire with works selected by audience members

Selby & Friends, founded by Kathryn Selby AM, are kicking off their 2018 season with a special six concert tour celebrating chamber music masterpieces by Beethoven.

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A conversation with world renowned composer Elena Kats-Chernin who spent the week creating ten compositions inspired by Australian artworks: "I've never had such luxury in my life!"

This week, world renowned composer Elena Kats-Chernin has been surrounded by ten iconic paintings by two revered Australian visual artists, Margaret Olley and William Robinson. While staring at the paintings, Elena has created and notated (by hand) ten compositions in seven days, ready to perform to an intimate crowd at Old Government House in Brisbane this weekend.  Music Love had the pleasure of calling Elena half way through the week to see how she was going. 

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PODCAST: Episode 2 - Diana Doherty, Principal Oboist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra still pinches herself that she works at Sydney Opera House

Diana Doherty is the principal oboist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She has toured and recorded extensively here and abroad, and has spent some time working in Switzerland. After her first child, Diana returned to Australia and ended up joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Her latest achievement is performing a concerto written just for her by world-renowned composer Nigel Weslake who has written scores for movies like Babe and Miss Potter. Nigel enjoyed Diana's playing so much, he made a concerto to suit her expressive style. Diana speaks to Music Love's Julie Kerr about her extensive career so far, how she wished classical music could be appreciated in more casual settings, and the burden of making one's own reeds.

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A conversation with Karin Schaupp, award-winning classical guitarist and the actor who inspired David Williamson to write a play just for her

Karin Schaupp is an award-winning, highly and widely acclaimed classical guitar player. Winning hearts and awards, inspiring composers to write for her, collaborating with orchestras, ensembles, soloists, and expanding her musical horizons is par for the course for Karin who was trained by her mother since she was a small girl. Born in Germany, Karin moved to Queensland at just eight years old, and went on to study music at the University of Queensland, leaving with First Class Honours, a Masters degree and University Gold Medal. And since then the performances, awards and achievements have kept coming. Karin has performed all over the world for millions taking to the stage and screen to dazzle audiences with her musicianship and touch.  Karin kindly took the time to talk to Music Love about being taught by her mother, collaborating with Katie, and how very special it was to perform in Lottes Gift, the story of her grandmother's life.

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Ella Macens and The National Women Composers Development Program: I couldn’t quite comprehend that I would be composing for such esteemed Australian ensembles and musicians

It may only be a couple of weeks into the working year, but already Ella Macens has composed two songs for Australia's leading vocal ensemble The Song Company. This driven and talented woman has just returned from an intense two weeks at the Gondwana Composer School being mentored by the Company's artistic director Antony Pitts and composer Paul Stanhope. Composing original works and having them performed by some of Australia's greatest choral and orchestral groups is not something many women have the opportunity of doing. However, Ella is about to head into her second year at a brand new Masters degree created by The University of Sydney called the National Women Composers Development Program. The NWCDP - rolls right off the tongue - aims to bring some change to the under representation of women composers in Australia, and indeed around the world.

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Stephanie Eslake had an accident that transformed her classical musical career so she became a music journalist and founded CutCommon magazine

Stephanie Eslake is from Hobart and was on a pathway to becoming a classical saxophonist when an accident at work in her casual job left her hand permanently damaged. But instead of letting her affliction inhibit her musical aspirations, she turned to music journalism. n 2014, she founded a magazine called CutCommon to mobilise the classical music community for young Australians. Just two years on, the magazine has 10,000 monthly readers. Stephanie was just named the City of Hobart Australia Day 2017 Young Citizen of the Year.  She took the time to talk to Music Love about her varied and busy life in music.

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A conversation with ARIA Award winning Sally Whitwell

Where to start. Sally Whitwell's list of skills and achievements are diverse, impressive, above and beyond. Pianist -  both as a soloist and accompanist - arranger, teacher, conductor and composer. Sally is well known and highly-regarded in the classical musical community and beyond, and generously gave her time to speak to Music Love about her career to date, her thoughts on this year's controversial Best Classical Album ARIA Award win (the 2016 Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced a few weeks ago), her deep love for choirs, advice for kids who are learning an instrument and encouragement for people who may be apprehensive of classical music.  

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