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Adam Simmons’ Portrait Series

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Posted on 25 April 2011

For me the real knockout event in recent weeks was the first in Adam Simmons Portrait series at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on 13 April. His feature guest was vivacious Japanese shamisen player, Noriko Tadano. She and Adam are both virtuosos and their solos, as well as their combined pieces were just soul shattering! […]

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Choral Music in Ballarat

Posted on 25 April 2011

It’s been a busy time in Ballarat for choral music. The Saint Cecilia Singers recently performed the rarely heard St Luke’s Passion (attributed to Bach), a beautiful work. Shame about the ending! Having a particular fondness for the tenor voice, I loved Noel Craven’s recitative – and his swinging between that large part and conducting […]

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Magic Moment at the Titanic Bandstand

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Posted on 25 April 2011

Recently, going past the lovely old Titanic Bandstand on the way to dinner at Saffron’s (corner of Sturt and Camp Street) I commented on how sad it is that bands today find it too small to use. Between courses, I looked out and there, like a vision, was a small brass band playing, watched by […]

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Vox “Jubilate: Songs of Praise & Petition”

Posted on 25 April 2011

Vox, one of the best acapella groups, will perform at the Cathedral Church of Christ the King (corner of Lydiard St South and Grant Street on 1 May, at 2pm. Admission $20 / $15. For details ring 5338 8506

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