Jacqui Smith
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Jacqui is a lover of many musical things, but particularly loves music from about 1200 to the late 1700s and music written yesterday. She promotes music students and academics by day, but is often seen about town performing or listening to live music.

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s spectacular Thomas Tallis’ England

I had been looking forward to reviewing this concert ever since the 2018 brochure appeared in my letterbox. English music of around 400 years ago is simply divine. It’s the music of Shakespeare’s time, and the music dramatic. Our program…

 
Sydney Chamber Choir and The Muffat Collective lamented – but the audience did not

Love indeed knows no boundaries – and the music heard tonight was some of the most sorrowful on earth, but sung and played with such beauty. Lamentations and libations (at interval) were promised and the capacity Great Hall audience did…

 
A Balancing Act: The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa

I was sad to miss the first collaboration in 2015 of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa. Who doesn’t like a circus? This time I was looking forward to hearing some old tunes from the Brandenburg’s CD Tapas and some…

 
Sydney Chamber Choir’s German Romantics was an amazing concert of flawless music

I first met young conductor Sam Allchurch on a tour bus in 2003, travelling around the United States with Gondwana Voices. Tonight’s guest conductor would sit next to me on the bus and we discuss in detail the music we…

 
The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra staged Handel’s Messiah is a showpiece

“He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!” The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra stage Handel’s Messiah. It’s a momentous occasion, a season opening concert, and what better than to launch with the masterpiece that is George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. I…

 
Shunske Sato and the Sen-Sato-tional Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

After a long tiring week, it was a great pleasure to saunter down to the City Recital Hall with a friend and settle in a for a night of romantic music on period instruments. I had been warned to ‘not…

 
Boy did the Brandenburgs sing Mozart’s Requiem!

All praise to the choral machine that is the Brandenburg Voices – precision, powerful and polished.

 
Australia Ensemble has variety in every program

It’s not very often you get to hear a performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s amazing sextet Transfigured Night and played so beautifully by the Australia Ensemble.

 
Riccardo Minasi and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and their parlour of Neapolitan delights

Riccardo Minasi, Italian Baroque violinist extraordinaire, returned to our shores after a four-year gap to play with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and promised a scrumptious evening of unknown Neapolitan Baroque treats. Were we rewarded? Mostly. As a fan of all…

 
Review | St Cecilia and the Brandies’ heavenly harmonies

The Arrival of the Well-Dressed Queens of Sheba It’s been quite the week for early music in Sydney, with ACO’s new rendition of the Four Seasons and the impeccable Tafelmusik in town, but what a pleasure to have some heavenly…

 
The Brandies do Vivaldi as Dmitry Sinkovsky leads with a swish of his ponytail

The first movement of Winter was Sinkovsky’s new spooky, icy & foggy interpretation that was simply outstanding & one of the best renditions I have ever heard.

 
The Bruckner Orchestra Sydney Inaugural Concert

As my biography states, I am a lover of many musical things, but particularly music from about 1200 to the late 1700s and music written yesterday. So when a new musical friend tells me he is going to start an…

 
Synergy Percussion: XENAKIS vs. PATERAS

XENAKIS vs. PATERAS Synergy Percussion, Part 1 – 22 April 2014, Carriageworks, Sydney Pléïades, written for six percussionists (and some surprise extras) in the late 1970s by Greek composer Iannis Xenakis, is the epitome of modernist, ordered chaos. Synergy Percussion…

 
Cupid and Death – what’s it all about?

classikON is proud to be promoting 3 performances of this historical masque and we asked the co-producers Imogen Grawal and Tara Hasambhoy a few questions about the production and also their musical lives. How old were you when you decided…

 
The 450th Birthday Bash: Dowland in the 21st Century

The sheer joy & smile on Jennifer Eriksson’s face when she started playing the first piece by Dowland with three other viols & a lute, was infectious enough to make my departure from home on a rainy Sunday afternoon a damn good idea.

 
Sydney Independent Opera: Mozart’s Don Giovanni

A great afternoon of Mozart pantomime that had the entire audience humming the famous tunes in a fabulous old theatre.

 
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