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July 8, 2020

A global pandemic is no obstacle for the artists of the Brisbane Music Festival. Alex Raineri brings yet another rich program of classical music ranging from well-known pieces to contemporary compositions. From a small studio fitted with big instruments comes an ambiti...

March 9, 2020

When thinking of Spanish music, guitar is the first instrument that comes to mind, but Emily Granger (harp) and Jonathan Henderson (flute) throw a serious challenge to this stereotype with a match made in music heaven in Spanish Souvenirs.

The Spanish Souvenirs’ concert...

December 19, 2019

The final instalment in the 2019 Brisbane Music Festival program, Passing Bells, was an exhibition of piano avant-garde. The performance was designed to showcase the latest work from Australian composer Chris Dench, Passing Bells, framed by Frederic Chopin’s 24 prelude...

December 16, 2019

It is with special events like the Brisbane Music Festival that music lovers of this city can really have a chamber music experience. The intimacy of the festival’s ninth concert, The Trout, brings rarely heard gems of the classical repertoire to the Brisbane audiences...

December 2, 2019

With Brisbane Music Festival underway, contemporary piano meets contemporary dance in Bloodpaths, the latest collaboration between Brisbane pianist Alex Raineri (also composer and curator of the show) and Katina Olsen (dancer and choreographer).


The production explores...

November 18, 2019

From the opening bars, the dynamic classical duo consisting of coloratura soprano Alexandra Flood and pianist Alex Raineri capture the audience’s attention. Flood’s flawless execution and powerful control of the voice and Raineri’s dexterity and fine musical balance fo...

September 9, 2019

What better way to end the week than with a little jazz and a glass of bubbly? The first in a series of three Brisbane Festival Jazz on Sundays’ sessions, Yas Queen − a female-led jazz band − performed to a full house in The Courier Mail Spiegeltent, which serves as an...

July 3, 2019

Once every two years Brisbane becomes the stage for one of the most acclaimed international piano festivals and competitions in the world: Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and Festival. Organised by the legendary pianist’s daughter, Natasha Vlassenko, and her husband Ol...

May 6, 2019

A cherished tradition of classical music of the annual Proms festival delivers an evening of flag-waving fun, where the audience is encouraged to sing and hum along to the tunes they know and love!

Queensland Symphony Orchestra yet again brought forth a selection of pie...

May 5, 2019

Ahead of Circa and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s latest collaboration in English Baroque performance at QPAC on 21 May, we chatted with American-Australian soprano Jane Sheldon.

Can you tell us about ‘exploratory chamber music’ and how it has become a part of your...

February 18, 2019

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first Maestro series concert for 2019 brings Mozart and Mahler together into one evening of classical tour de force


When thinking of divine music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart inevitably springs to mind. How to play the music of a genius wh...

February 2, 2019

The velvety sounds of Gary Pinto’s incredible voice filled the Powerhouse Theatre last night in honour of soul legend Sam Cooke.

In Songs & Times Of Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come, Pinto doesn’t just sing Cooke’s songs, he feels them with his whole body — from the t...

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