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‘People who don’t like tunes don’t like Berlioz.’ Thus, the late Colin Davis, famed English conductor and Berlioz exponent, said in 2007 about L’Enfance du Christ. Davis, in his wry, gently combative English way, and with a burnished reputation behind him, didn’t have to care about musical fashion or despised tunes: ...

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The Update - June 19, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

In this fortnight's Update: Bendigo Writers' Festival, Miles Franklin Award, Mona Brand Award, UWA's Master of Music program, Byron Writers' Festival, Gregory J. Markopoulos, Blak Design Matters, Geelong contemporary art prize, Slam Poetry in Victoria, Scandinavian Film Festival, Creative LAKE, and giveaways from StudioCanal and Label Distribution ...

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This week’s subscription concerts of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra began with the Symphony No.1 in G minor by Russian composer Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov; a decision by no means lacking reason or merit, yet certainly courageous. One could argue that seven decades after its last performance by the SSO in 1946 its time ...

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Brothers' Nest ★★★

Lauren Carroll Harris
Monday, 18 June 2018

The fate of the duo at the centre of Brothers’ Nest is inevitable from the start: the camera, with gloomy portent, looks up and idles toward their decrepit childhood home. Writer-director-actor Clayton Jacobson’s new, largely housebound crime comedy hinges on a dark homecoming: Jeff (Jacobson) has hauled his younger ...

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2018 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Des Cowley
Thursday, 14 June 2018

One of the key issues addressed by the twenty-first Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) is the role of women in jazz. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, there has been much debate around gender equality in jazz, including inevitable references to jazz as a ‘boys’ club’. While there has never been a shortage ...

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Disobedience ★★★

Anwen Crawford
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The sky is a wintry grey when Ronit (Rachel Weisz), a photographer, arrives in London, recalled to her hometown from New York by the death of her father, a local rabbi. The Orthodox Jewish community to which she returns dresses sombrely, in shades of black, and comports itself strictly. Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) ...

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Saint Joan (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★

Diana Simmonds
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

In his preface to the play, George Bernard Shaw wrote, ‘There are no villains in the piece. Crime, like disease, is not interesting: it is something to be done away with by general consent ... It is what men do at their best, with good intentions, and what normal men and women find that they must and will do in spite of their intentions ...

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Fury (Red Stitch Actors Theatre) ★★★1/2

Fiona Gruber
Friday, 08 June 2018

In Joanna Murray-Smith’s play Fury, a successful couple with a teenaged son are visited one evening by the deputy headmaster of his private school. Joe, he informs them, is in trouble. At first Alice (Danielle Carter) and Patrick (Joe Petruzzi) cannot countenance that their darling Joe has done anything wrong ...

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The Update - June 5, 2018

ABR Arts
Tuesday, 05 June 2018

In this fortnight's Update: Melbourne Rare Book Week, Assassins at Black Swan, National Indigenous Arts Awards, PLATFORM, Nasim Khosravi, Ashley Hay, Cool Change Contemporary, 2019 NLA Creative Arts Fellowship, SANE Australia and The Dax Centre, Satan Repentant, Our Mob, the 2018 Jolley Prize ceremony, and more ...

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest blockbuster, is dazzling. Organised by Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the museum’s Costume Institute, the exhibition brings together contemporary fashion designs with the imagery of the Roman Catholic Church by ...

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