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.

Sirius Chamber Ensemble

I had a wonderful chat with Ian Sykes from Sirius Chamber Ensemble. We talked about: [list type=’arrow’] Musician superstitions Wonderful acoustics of a church Dancing in the isles during Martinu New work “Mestizo Dances” by Nigel Ubrihien being premiered [/list]…

 
ACO at Sydney Grammar School’s New Hall

Last night we were treated to two works from ACO’s recent Russian Visions tour. The concert was sponsored by Commonwealth Bank and at Sydney Grammar’s New Hall. They performed [list type=’arrow’] Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor, Op.35 For…

 
The Seekers Emerald City

The Seekers Emerald City tells the story of the singer’s visit to the Emerald City in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was recorded in 1967 for Christmas release. The tune is based on Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth…

 
Interview with Andrew Batt-Rawden

Andrew Batt-Rawden wears many hats. His key hats are: a composer, Chronology Arts and Aurora New Music. classikON talked to him about composing. Something I’ve noticed is the topic of classical music being ‘accessible’. Is that something you think about?…

 
Swedish Roots: Jenny Eriksson & Tommie Andersson

classikON hears from two of Australia’s leading early music specialists – gambist Jenny Eriksson and lutenist Tommie Andersson.

 
On this day: Oct 29

In 1787 there was the first performance of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni in Prague. The video was recorded in 1984 with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture Act 1 Part 1 KV 527.  

 
On this day: Oct 26

In 1930 there was the first performance of of Shostakovitch’s ballet The Age of Gold (aka The Golden Age) at Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Leningrad. More on wikipedia.  

 
On this day: Oct 25

In 1825 Johann Strauss II was born. More about him on wikipedia. His The Blue Danube (also called: An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 or On the Beautiful Blue Danube) was used in one of the greatest sci-fi movies…

 
Art + Wine + Bach: Zoe Knighton at Wagner Gallery

Cellist Zoe Knighton is rehearsing the six Bach Cello Suites for a concert at Montsalvat in Eltham, Victoria later in the year. The six Suites are:[list type=’arrow’] Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 Suite No. 2 in D…

 
World premier – Ten Suns Ablaze by Maria Grenfell

One of the wonderful aspects to a world premier is the workshop beforehand with composer insights. Today at UNSW Maria Grenfell spoke about her new work Ten Suns Ablaze. Australia Ensemble, who will be performing it on Saturday, were there…

 
On This Day: Oct 18

In 1904 there was the first performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony by the Gürzenich Orchestra with the composer conducting, in Cologne. There are 5 movements to the Symphony: Trauermarsch (Funeral March). In gemessenem Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt (C-sharp minor)…

 
On this day: Oct 17

In 1831 there was the first performance of Feliz Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25 in Munich. The composer was soloist. This video is the first movement with the soloist Dang Thai Son and Antoni Wit…

 
Interview with Megan Clune about Musical Alaska 4

Megan Clune of World’s Only Magazine teams up with Alaskan Projects in Kings Cross Sydney for Musical Alaska. A series of free contemporary classical music concerts. This interview is about the fourth concert – Intimate Decisions.

 
On this day: Oct 12

In 1935 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti was born in Modena. He’s one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. This video is him performing “Nessun Dorma” at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and was his…

 
On this day: Oct 11

In 1830 there was the first performance of Chopin’s E-minor Piano Concerto, in Warsaw. This video is the first movement of the Concerto. Do you have a classical music event for today’s On this day? Send it to us:  

 
Standing room only at Australia Quartet @ UTS

The Australia Quartet are the UTS Piano Quartet in Residence and their 3rd concert was last night. Personally, I like chamber music being performed in the kind of space the name represents: The word “chamber” signifies that the music can…

 
On this day: Sep 26

In 1998 there was the first performance of Philip Glass’ opera The White Raven at the World Expo in Lisbon, Portugal. The video is the Chorus. Do you have a classical music event for today’s On this day? Send it…

 
On this day: Sep 25

Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich was born in 1906. He wrote a large number of works. This wonderful stop motion painting has his work in the video. Do you have a classical music event for today’s On this day? Send it…

 
Thomas Rann from the Australia Quartet

We’d like to introduce you to Thomas Rann. He is the cellist of Australia Quartet, UTS Piano Quartet in Residence. This year the quartet became resident at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and have a 4 concert series at…

 
On this day: Sep 15

Swiss composer Frank Martin was born in 1890. This video is – 3+3 – a dialogue between a classical piano-violin-cello trio and a jazz piano-bass-drums trio. Their aim is to take a well-known classical piece and be interrupted or supported…

 
On this day: Sep 14

Austrian composer of the classical period, Johann Michael Haydn was born in 1737. He’s the younger brother of Joseph Haydn. More about him at The Danish Michael Haydn Project and on wikipedia. This is his Magnificat. Do you have a…

 
Christopher Fulkerson

This wonderful video is composer Christopher Fulkerson’s story about the life of being a composer. Website | Youtube  

 
On this day: Sep 13

In 1866 the composer, pianist and conductor Nicholas Rubinstein opened the Moscow Conservatory and Tchaikovsky was appointed professor of theory and harmony. Wikipedia has a list of notable graduates. This photo is of the Great Hall (opened in 1901): The…

 
On this day: Sep 12

The first performance of Mahler’s 8th Symphony (Symphony of a Thousand) in Munich in 1910, with Mahler conducting. Do you have a classical music event for today’s On this day? Send it to us:  

 
On this day: Sep 11

British composer William Boyce was Baptised in 1711. This video is a performance of his Symphony No 4, Camerata by the Sydney Youth Orchestra SYO. You can also connect with SYO on Facebook and Twitter. Do you have a classical…

 
On this day: Sep 10

English composer Tim Knight was born in 1959. The video is his Twilights for String Orchestra. You can connect with him on Facebook, hear more of his music on YouTube, and find out more on his website. Do you have…

 
On this day: Sep 8

Czech composer Antonin Dvořák was born in 1841 near Prague. This video is a performance of his Sinfonia Novo Mundo. Do you have a classical music event for today’s On this day? Send it to us:  

 
On this day: Sep 7

American composer and teacher Thomas Whitney Surette was born in 1862. In 1917 he published “Music and Life” – A Study of the Relations Between Ourselves and Music. Take a look inside… Do you have a classical music event for…

 
Osvaldo Golijov – How slow the wind

Some classikON-ers went to the Acacia Concert on August 31 – A Sense of Connection. At the concert they performed Osvaldo Golijov’s “How slow the wind” and we both really enjoyed it, so I found another performance so you could…