Kate Tribe
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Kate’s passion for classical music was fostered by her friendship with her grandfather, Ken Tribe. What he did so well to share his passion was to impart a new piece of information each time they went to a concert together and to encourage gradual knowledge building about one of the things closest to his heart. When not working with classikON she is, cross stitching or watching cricket.

Q&A with Halcyon’s Jenny Duck-Chong about Shining Shores

We did a Q&A earlier in the year about how Halcyon is celebrating 20 years. This Saturday 1st December, you’re doing your last concert in your birthday year. In this concert you’re reflecting on the world around us and works…

 
Introducing you to River City Voices!

River City Voices is a not-for-profit auditioned “symphonic” style choir based in Parramatta, western Sydney. They will perform large scale classical and contemporary choral works under the artistic direction of Sarah Penicka-Smith. Aiming to become integral and permanent players in…

 
Jenny Duck-Chong on 20 years of Halcyon

Kate Tribe had a wonderful Q&A with Halcyon’s co-founder and Artistic Director, mezzo-soprano Jenny Duck-Chong. Kate: Twenty years is a wonderful milestone for an organisation. When my Market Research business was at that point, I remember looking back and thinking…

 
Backstage Music was an ideal way to finish the week

BackStage Music on Friday night was exactly what my brother and I needed. The week had been fairly crazy and we needed to mentally close the door, allowing the weekend door to open. For me, choosing what to do with…

 
Alan Holley talks about his works being performed by Sirius Chamber Ensemble

In the lead up to Sirius Chamber Ensemble’s concert on Friday 23 June, 2017, I interviewed Alan Holley who composed most of the works in the program. Kate: Sirius Chamber Ensemble has performed several of your compositions and you have…

 
Review | Alan Holley: Hamerings CD launch

Combining music with visual arts is an excellent combination because they combine to create an excellent space to be surrounded and absorbed in the music you’re hearing.

 
A beautiful new acoustic instrument ‘Yaybahar’ by Görkem Şen

Yaybahar is an acoustic instrument where the vibrations from the strings are transmitted through coiled springs to frame drums creating a hypnotic surround sound.

 
On this Day: Apr 01

Sergei Rachmaninoff was born in 1873. Russian composer pianist & conductor. The video is Luka Sulic – cello (half of 2CELLOS) & Mia Miljkovic – piano performing a non-vocal version of Rachmaninov Vocalise. Find out more on wikipedia  

 
On this day: Mar 26

1828 First Performance of Franz Schubert’s Eb trio, Op 100 in Vienna. Farewell Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer 16/12/1770-26/03/1827. Wikipedia page.  

 
Australia Quartet’s Transfigured Night was a night of celebration

Australia Quartet celebrated Halloween with Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (‘Transfigured Night’), Schumann’s beloved Piano Quartet and Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin’s irresistible work, ‘Scherzino’. The night had quite a celebratory feel which was wonderful – and there was much to celebrate. [list…

 
ACO Underground at Oxford Art Factory

Other than excellent music it combined a few other favourite activities: drink beer while listening to music live, move without being death stared, quietly ask my friend if he wanted another round mid-song & go to the bar

 
The Marais Project: The Lady Sings the Viol CD

The Marais Project wanted it to be a celebration, not a concert. They achieved that wonderfully. Jenny Eriksson was even more elated than usual on Saturday night.

 
Resonance: The Art of the Piano Trio

Ursula Nelius (violin), Paul Stender (cello) & Chris Cartner (piano) performed excellently in this short concert transporting the crowd from the stress of the week.

 
Andreas Ottensamer at Yellow Lounge

Yellow Lounge was created by the “Yellow Label” Deutsche Grammophon in the Berlin Club scene, as a way to hear classical music in a relaxed and cool atmosphere. It was launched in Sydney in 2012 with Noah Stewart. This time…

 
Sirius Chamber Ensemble – The Americas

Saturday’s Sirius Chamber Ensemble concert was the best I’ve heard them perform. They’re not showy, just love to perform the music.

 
Bringing together the senses in one production to help your memory

On July 27, there will be an innovative production of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten opera, with a specially produced fragrance. It’s a wonderful concept and reminds me of a business bootcamp where they encouraged us to think of the emotion your…

 
Pondering: What influences our enjoyment of music performed live?

I recently found myself in a concert attending frenzy. In the midst of this I heard the same piece of music performed twice and Sophr, who I’ve not heard often, in two concerts. It caused me to ponder… What factors…

 
Acacia Quartet + Jane Sheldon + Lyle Chan

Acacia Quartet performing works from their CD with Jane Sheldon ‘North+South’ were joined by two works by Lyle Chan. A perfect way to finish the week. Jane’s beautiful voice sang through a range of traditional, arranged, and new works, that…

 
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein tours with Mahler Chamber Orchestra & launches new CD

Music is in Alisa Weilerstein’s blood. You can hear it when she performs and then you find out, it is true, her family is musical. Her latest CD, released in May, with Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin is the Cello…

 
Media Release: Classical Music Community classikON Turns One and Expands Reach

classikON, the community that makes classical music accessible, is celebrating its first birthday – but it’s the fans who are getting the presents. Spreading the reach from promoting classical concerts in Sydney in its first year to now promoting across…

 
BG Sound Project was an excellent Friday night of entertainment

On Friday night I had the delight of going to BG Sound Project, a collaboration of celebrated didgeridoo performer William Barton & guitarist/composer Anthony Garcia. I took along 2 friends who knew little about classical music and asked one of…

 
Australia Quartet shine at The Independent Theatre, North Sydney

I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Australia Quartet concerts at UTS Bon Marche Studio, but the acoustics don’t do justice to their ability – which could be heard in this wonderful short pre-dinner Saturday concert at The Independent Theatre in…

 
Reflections on Banff 2013 from Jenny Eriksson

In January and February 2013 Jenny undertook at short term Winter Residency at The Banff Centre, Canada. Banff is one of the largest arts centres in the world. To be accepted she had to present a proposal which in her…

 
Andrew Meisel

Andrew Meisel was born in Sydney and began his musical and double bass studies at the age of 16. He graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 1996 after five years of study with Brett Berthold and in the same year…

 
Heloise Meisel

[divider] Heloise’s concerts [events_list limit=5 pagination=1 tag=1019, 754] Blog posts and interviews with Heloise [display-posts tag=”heloise-meisel” image_size=”thumbnail” wrapper=”div” include_date=”true” date_format=”M j, Y” include_excerpt=”true”] We asked Heloise a few questions [list type=’arrow’] How old were you when you decided to be…

 
Ian Sykes

Ian Sykes studied at the University of Newcastle with Margery Smith, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (first class honours). Subsequent studies have included a Master of Music (performance) degree with Catherine McCorkill at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and…

 
Alison Evans

Alison completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance in 1999 and her Master of Music Studies in 2000 at the Queensland Conservatorium. She then went on to complete Master of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in…

 
Helen Ayres

Helen Ayres is a Doctoral graduate from the University of Melbourne where she studied with Mark Mogilevsky and completed research into the music of the Romanian violinist and composer George Enescu. She served as Acting Head of Strings in 2007…

 
Helen Ireland

Helen Ireland, originally from Adelaide, has made Melbourne her home since moving in 2000 to attend the Australian National Academy of Music. Soon after Flinders Quartet was formed, and as her dream had been for many years to be a…

 
Composed NOISE

Sydney based string quartet The NOISE have embarked on a Composed NOISE journey. They’ve commissioned 7 composers to write a work involving improvisation and held an event to share their journey and raise money. Watters Gallery in East Sydney is…

 
Crowd funded music

The growth of crowd funded channels and opportunities has grown since the start of sites like Kickstarter (US) and Pozible (Australia). However, the problem raised by many supporters of classical music is that they’re not tax deductible as the sites…

 
Performance

Before a concert I like to find out a bit about the music, if I can, as it is a one time only experience (you might be able to hear the music again, but not see that performance a second…

 
Celebrating International Women’s Day

To celebrate international women’s day we’ve found 4 female composers whose music you can listen to online that we’ve already featured in our first year. Acacia Quartet performing the complete works for string quartet by Elena Kats-Chernin on itunes Wikipedia…

 
Paul Mac: his music and views about classical music

Paul Mac is one of the leading figures in Australian electronic music. He is a songwriter, a musician and a producer. A Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduate & multi ARIA Award winner for his work with Itch-E & Scratch-E and…

 
Paul Smith ‘I Dream of Purple Lakes’

Paul Smith grew up in the Blue Mountains. He is a singer, composer and arranger. He is currently rehearsing his latest work I Dream of Purple Lakes to be premiered on Saturday night at Swopera. How did you come to…

 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Soundtrack

So I could picture the music in its appropriate setting, I watched the movie, and as I’m not a Hobbit fanatic took one with me. Not being a fanatic has advantages – you don’t walk in with expectations and you…

 
Simon Tedeschi: Gershwin & Me

Simon Tedeschi is a wonderful performer whose passion and personality comes through in the performance – live or recorded. Listening to his CD feels like you’re there live and, for me, it can’t get much better than that. The Gershwin…

 
On this day: Dec 23

In 1943 Australian composer Ross Edwards was born. In May 2012, we reviewed a retrospective of his work at the Conservatorium of Music. And, he provided an update about his work the following month. In that he talked about his…

 
The Idea of North at The Basement

The Idea of North are an a capella quartet who perform with a jazz style, although there are classical songs in their repertoire (and if you’ve read several of our posts you’ll know we’re fairly broad in the gray definition…

 
Sydney Philharmonia’s An English Christmas

The Sydney Philharmonia’s An English Christmas was a wonderful night out with a sense of Christmas and a festive end to 2012 having arrived. Congratulations to Sydney Philharmonia who, in the almost full Concert Hall at the Opera House, created…

 
Carl Vine at Huntington Estate Music Festival

Before the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night concerts there are chats with musicians.  They provide great insights into their views and lives; and allow the audience to get to know them outside of the stage, which is a great addition…

 
On this day: Dec 08

In 1908 Gustav Mahler conducts the New York Symphony Orchestra and the Oratorio Society of New York for the US Premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” at Carnegie Hall. More at Carnegie Halls timeline. In 1945: 1st Musica Viva…

 
Blue Silence – Acacia Quartet & Elena Kats-Chernin

The recently released Blue Silence with the Acacia Quartet performing the complete works for string quartet by Elena Kats-Chernin is a wonderful blend of classical and jazz sounds. The double CD of short works with great titles like: Drinking Song,…

 
On this day: Dec 3

In 1729 Spanish composer Antonio Soler was baptized. His works span the late Baroque and early Classical music eras. More about Antonio Soler on wikipedia. The video is his Sonata for Harpsichord in D major, No.84.  

 
Australia Quartet at UTS

The Australia Quartet tick many of the new audience ‘objection’ boxes and it is why you should head along in 2013: [list type=’arrow’] It is too expensive: entry free or by donation At concert halls or churches I’m not familiar/comfortable…

 
Fiona Campbell at Huntington Estate Music Festival

Before the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night concerts there are chats with musicians.  They provide great insights into their views and lives; and allow the audience to get to know them outside of the stage, which is a great addition…

 
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly with Sally Whitwell

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as played by Australian pianist Sally Whitwell @sallywhitwell. Sally plays piano, toy piano, harpsichord, recorder and melodica. Peter Giesemann sped up the original movie footage by 250% and matched with Sally’s performance. classikON…

 
Claire Edwardes from Ensemble Offspring talks about On Loop

Claire Edwardes is percussionist with Ensemble Offspring. They do a range of innovative concerts – like having different experiences in each room of a house and team leaders toured the audience around. [divider] Their upcoming On Loop balances wonderful musicians…

 
Dog performs and sings while left alone

This video was posted to Facebook saying that a friend had sent it. A neighbor complained about a dog being left home alone. The guy set up a nanny cam. This is what the dog was doing. We thought it…

 
Dance, Music & Performance at Barangaroo

The Barangaroo Delivery Authority are doing a series of Innovation Labs for the public spaces being developed in the area. I went to the one focusing on Dance, Music and Performance Communities and they’ve ask us to get more feedback…

 
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