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.

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…

 
On this day: Nov 16

In 1895 German composer Paul Hindemith was born. Find out more on wikipedia. The video is Versuchung des heiligen Antonius from Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler’ with an animated score. Each color represents a different instrument, or a different part of…

 
Ross Edwards – started on 1st Ken Tribe Fund commission

We decided to get in early and ask Ross Edwards some questions about his most recent commission in honour of Ken Tribe (my grandfather). This work is a very recent commission and is not due for completion until early 2014.…

 
Breakdance meets Classical Music – The Visual Translation

German, and four times breakdancing world champions, Flying Steps, and opera director Christoph Hagel interpret Bach’s composition and translate into choreography. They bring the two worlds to new audiences. The video above explains the concept behind Red Bull Flying Bach.…

 
On this day: Nov 14

American composer Aaron Copland was born. This wonderful stop motion animation was done with his Hoedown.

 
Marais Project’s Swedish Roots was a great afternoon

It was my first time hearing Marais Project. Their Swedish Roots was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and it was wonderful to meet classikON-er Mo at the concert. The Recital Hall West at The Conservatorium of Music…

 
On this day: Nov 12

Aleksandr Borodin was born. He was also a doctor and chemist.

 
On this day: Nov 11

He was Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Cuyo, Cordoba Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the University of Tucumán (per contest and opposition), National Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile.