TAMANDUA CONCERT AT THE ST PETERSBURG RESTAURANT NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Ilya Furman an his team, the managers and organisers of this event
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY ‘TAMANDUA’ AT THE ST PETERSBURG RESTAURANT, RIPPONLEA (14/8/15) The Brazilian Choro Instrumental Group consisted of: Asha Henfry (flute), Monique Zucco (percussion), Corey King (7 string guitar), Josh Bridges (cavaquinho – small 4 stringed guitar originating in Portugal), Al Kerr (drums and pandeiro – Brazilian hand framed drum with metal jingles)
Although the word Tamandua means a giant anteater (found mainly in South America), the group instantly engaged the audience with its crisp and rhythmic fusion of the sounds of Brazil. The dynamic and driving sounds of the flute were extraordinary, well balanced by the percussion and the drums. Solos coming from the cute cavaquinho were particularly enjoyable, noting its unique sound (similar to a ukulele). As the happy night rolled on, the band attracted dancers to the floor, including some very young ‘groovers’ – destined to be future stars as they lapped up the artistry of Tamandua.
The second half was even more lively, as the band displayed great versatility with captivating solos from the guitar and some extremely intricate passages from the flute. By this stage, most people could not resist the dance floor. With audience participation encouraged, the atmosphere was filled with joy and energy. This newly formed band has a definite future and will be a worthy ambassador to promote this form of traditional Brazilian Choro music. A very impressive and engaging performance! SYLVESTER KROYHERR – Singer/Musician
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! STEVE WINTER MY NINE LIVES NEW website review by Alice Slamani
It's not very often in life you have the chance encounter with someone as brilliantly talented and as inspirational as Steve Winter. In his touring, educational seminar 'My Nine Lives' Steve discusses his passion for big cats of all types but particularly those on the verge of extinction. His candid discussions and story telling is griping, suspenseful and entertaining. The technical aspects of his photography are impressive and informative, but most of all you walk away from this experience inspired. As I left the event, I found myself on a quest to make the world a better place through my own photography and story telling. Steve Winter is not just a photographer and artist. He is a fighter, an explorer, an advocate and an ambassador. Any amount of time you can spend with this man is a blessing.
Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Sagrys Aelbregt, The Festival PR and Marketing Management Team for organising this opportunity to cover this event Please note - today is the last day of the festival running review by Luke Slater
Melbournians rejoice, the first official chocolate festival kicked off in the Docklands this weekend. Chocoholics gathered to enjoy some of the best chocolate that the city has to offer. Held over three delicious days, there was something for everyone.
Little ones got creative with Freckleberry, decorating multi-coloured treats; while parents were able to sample exotic flavours at the 'Tonantzin Aztec Artisan Chocolate' stall, with ingredients such as purple corn and chilli mango to tantalise the tastebuds.
A particular favourite was Liquid Infusion - the mobile cocktail company whipped up some mouth-watering chocolate based drinks exclusively for the festival; the espresso martini being particularly popular.
Melbourne chocolate tours and master classes also took place, giving an insight into the creation of chocolate as well as where to find the best chocolate Melbourne has to offer.
We look forward to a bigger and better festival in the coming year. As with all outings of this nature – diet starts tomorrow!
BLUE BAY CHEESE MORNINGTON 10TH ANNIVERSARY NEW website
Held at the picturesque Veraison Restaurant in the Mornington Peninsula, Cheese lovers across Victoria gathered to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Blue Bay Cheese. Family, friends and fans of head cheesemakers Andre and Taras Kogut were kept cosy warm by the fire with wine in hand to celebrate the success of the boutique cheesery.
Bringing old family tradition to Australia, Blue Bay Cheese is pioneering their Kefir - a probiotic drink full of vitamins and minerals, that will soon be hitting supermarket shelves. Handmade with love and years of expertise, old favourites are their fantastic selection of traditional hard and soft cheeses and natural, preservative-free yoghurts.
Guests were treated to an amazing spread of canapes created with Blue Bay Cheese products in conjunction with Veraison head chef Mark Poulter, the creamy chia seed kafir ice cream being a particular favourite. To round off the evening, a slice of cheese-shaped cake, and party favours in the form of a delicious take-home sample pack.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NEW website review by Irina Ivanova Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Judith Rcotterill, George Deutsch and Chris White for this opportunity to review the concert and for supporting our editorial and advertisement work
On Sunday 26th of July 2015 the magnificent Melbourne Town Hall was full of cheerful hustle and bustle. As a final accord to the annual Open House Melbourne weekend this welcoming building presented a special treat to Melbournians and guests of the city. The crowd was quickly accumulating to listen to the most celebrated opera by great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.
The immortal composition was created in the memory of Alessandro Manzoni, the famous Italian poet and novelist, true patriot, best known for developing foundation for the modern unified Italian language. Being an ardent supporter of the poet’s ideas, Verdi presented his Requiem on the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death. Over a century long journey of worldwide celebration of luxurious melodic beauty, this classical masterpiece delivers a sensory indulgence across generations. Requiem is the only Verdi’s composition that received the same public acclaim as the best of his operas, such as Traviata, Otello and Aida.
The Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra is one of Melbourne’s premiere community orchestras, which has given a myriad of marvelous performances in Melbourne for the past 80 years. The orchestra plays with true passion, releasing the depths of artistry and pampering the taste buds of musical connoisseurs.
The performance blossomed with terrific voices of four soloists: Daria Masiero (Soprano), Dominica Matthews (Mezzo Soprano), Henry Choo (Tenor) and Joshua Bloom (Bass). This quartet of Opera Australia Principals has undoubtedly proven their authority in the music world and treated the audience with their powerful, touching performances. They delivered their characters’ stories not only through the exquisite sound, but also through the enthralling acting and sizzling emotions. Jane Elton Brown, conducting with great eloquence and sensitivity, drew beautiful and striking notes from the excellent Zelman Symphony Orchestra. Brown is a celebrated conductor with more than 40 years experience in collaboration with a variety of orchestras and choirs, giving one successful performance after another. No wonder this partnership produced another dashing show. The Star Chorale and Box Hill Chorale added a great bonding power to the Sunday performance. The real highlight was the Requiem’s second part. It was built on the dramatic intensity of the Last Judgment scene, full of confusion, fear and pleading. Opening with a graphic vortex of death created by choir and orchestra, it was then replaced by the fearsome roll of trumpets reaching out from the balcony. This powerful experience underlined the atmosphere of the unforgettable evening and surely left the audience in the anticipation of more productions to come.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA: MELBOURNE WINTER MASTERPIECES 2015: MASTERPIECES FROM THE HERMITAGE: THE LEGACY OF CATHERINE THE GREAT NEW website
The exhibition opens July 31 and will run till November 8 2015.
How do we define the masterpiece? It can be something of so outstanding workmanship that no one can ever copy, or something of priceless value, or may be it is something that will create a certain feelings in your soul that trembling sensation of touching something great art-wise. The definition of the masterpiece is vague. but we certainly know and recognize the masterpieces when we see them with our own eyes: that divine feeling of joy will haunt us for many days after.
Meet at the private audience with Catherine the Great, a woman of many talents, who was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female empress of Russia. Her reign was called Russia's golden age. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. I can hear you asking me whispering in my ear: "Do we have to fly to St Petersburg and then, do we have to use the time machine to go back more than 200 years to meet with Her Highness." I should say: no, we do not need to go far to see Catherine's collection of art and masterpieces. It is here today, in Melbourne... nor we have to use the time machine: by going through the enfilades of rooms of NGV let's use our imagination and feel welcome by the great mind of Russian rules of her time. Catherine always had a reputation as a patron of the arts, literature, and education. The Hermitage Museum, which now occupies the whole Winter Palace in St Petersburg, began as Catherine's personal collection. We all have a privilege and the opportunity of a life time to see Catherine's personal collection of art that belongs now not only to the Russian museum but to the whole world. More than 400 works from the collection of Catherine the Great are now exhibited in Melbourne. The art that was gathered for over a 34-year period includes sensational works from artists such as Rembrandt, Velasquez, Rubens and Titian. There are also works from Van Dyck, Snyders, Teniers and Hals that made their long way from overseas. There are some of the finest Dutch and Flemish art that are now presented to Australian viewers.
We had an advantage to see this unique collection at the special media preview a day before the grand exhibition opening. More to that: our way from one exhibition hall to another was kindly guided by (in the words of her personal manager) "Niele herself". Niele Kazimirvna Masyulionite (Niole Massulionite) is a Senior Researcher Department of Western European art of the State Hermitage. Niele kindly told us many unknown stories about Catherine The Great life and the history Hermitage. Niele's knowledge is art and history is amazing and it was a pleasure to be next to such person on such day. While we browsed the first hall noticing the dinner set that Great Russian Empress enjoyed her meals in shared with her guests, Niele told us that such feasts would be surrounded by flowers and trees grown especially for such occasions; and each meal that was presented would be accompanied by the music written by famous composers just for that particular round of food We can not say that Catherine had a bad taste - the dinner set is absolutely stunning... I was wondering what was served at that time? May be swans or peacocks cooked in a special way? Niele also mentioned that such exhibitions are important for Hermitage to develop their international connection and get known all over the world. The art pieces are very fragile and it is important to move them with all the attention possible to preserve their originality. Neile also told us about the creation and building of Hermitage (Catherine's Winter Palace) and how much work Catherine herself has invested to make this project come alive. Neie also mentioned that she is responsible for the engravings and curator for prints at the museum but certainly her knowledge lies beyond her assignment of this art direction only (so we missed the Russian culture and the opportunity to speak with such people who know more than their work field).
The exhibition was opened by the foreword by the director of the NGV Tony Ellwood, whose speech was followed by warm words of Dr Mikhail Dedinkin, Tony Ellwood said, ‘This exhibition celebrates the tenacity and vision of a true innovator in the arts. Catherine the Great’s inexhaustible passion for the arts, education and culture heralded a renaissance, leading to the formation of one of the world’s great museums, the Hermitage.’The Deputy Head of the Western Art Department, State Hermitage Museum. Martin Foley, The Minister for Creative Industries also thanked everyone for their participation, the people whose input into the opening of this exhibition was absolutely amazing.
When you go inside the exhibition's first hall you have a pleasure of having a significant encounter and seeing a portrait of the Her Highness surrounded by the two busts of Voltaire and Diderot, two philosophers and most significant Catherine's correspondents.
This exhibition is not the one to be visited once. Make sure you buy a multiple pass - Russia will enchant you with its beauty, be it shown in the film or presented by royal jewelry collection. Make this event ( your visit) special ) and come over with the whole family. As I mentioned already it is a life time opportunity we can not afford to miss. Letting you know that NGV shop sells the book devoted to this exhibition in particular and this is a good tradition to buy such a memorable souvenir while you make your way out thinking: "What a wonderful day!" HERMITAGE
RICHMOND TIGERS NEW by Corey G-E Very grateful to Emma Franklin for this opportunity
The AGL Energy Kids Clinic with Richmond Football Club stars took place at ME Centre (Punt Road Oval) on Sunday 26th July. Please read Corey G-E, who is 11 years old and a Richmond Tigers fan impressions from being part of this unique experience.
"My favourite football team is Richmond. My mum and dad and grandma and grandpa are all Richmond supporters. Everyone in my family is a Richmond supporter except for my big brother. He supports Collingwood. Sometimes my mum and dad say he was adopted.
My Aunty Natasha got me tickets to go the Punt Road Oval on Sunday and train with the actual players of the Richmond Footy team. It was like a dream come true.
My day started really early and my mum and I caught the train into the city. It was a long trip on the train and we ended up being a little bit late. That didnt matter, because I got to learn so much. I was a bit shy in the beginning because the players are really, really tall. I am a really good kicker on my footy team but I am not so good at handball. I was really excited to work on my handballing with some of the players. I dont remember all their names but the best part of my day was meeting Brett Deledio. He even told me I was a good kicker.
I dont have a number on my Richmond jumper yet, but mum said it would be ok to put a number. Now that I have his autograph on my jumper, I have to get a number 3. Thank you Aunty Natasha! Go Tigers!"
HEADS AND TAILS NEW
so many familiar faces on the streets of Melbourne. our friends from Ukraine shared this video with us today: where Melbourne was featured in one of the programs from "Heads and Tails" (Orel i Reshka / Орел и решка ). I also thought our readers from Melbourne will find it interesting. Орел и решка#orelireshka#melbourne#travelling
BURSARIA HIGH TEA WITH THE TWIST NEW website review by Irene Christine Bohemian Rhapsody Club is extremely grateful to Bursarua Marketing and PR Manager Lee Elizabeth George for this amazing opportunity
An array of beautiful colours tastes and sounds...
The afternoon started off with a complimentary cool champagne or lemonade offered to the arriving guests. The drinks were followed by an entertaining light music number to warm the atmosphere and set the right mood.
Inside, we were invited to an afternoon of fine foods with a divine savoury platter followed with delicious desert selections. There were also variety of boutique teas offered, excellent enough to satisfy the most demanding gourmets.
Complimentary Instant Polaroid photographs for all guests for a truly memorable occasion were also offered to make this event special and unforgettable.
This event is designed with so much taste and appreciation to detail that it best savoured with a special friend or loved one.
I am definitely coming back to this place again,and for those of you who would like to surprise your friends with something different there is the link to book your next session out of only three remaining this winter: Sunday 16 August Sunday 20 September Sunday 18 October BOOK YOUR TICKETS
BLOOD BROTHERS AT ALEX THEATER NEW website review by Crystal Corocher Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to JP Bolton PR and Marketing Team and Scott J. Hendry personally for this opportunity to review the musical
Cast as Mrs. Jones, Helen Dallimore is rightfully the headlining star of this Australian cast of Blood Brothers. She has a varied and impressive body of works to her name, ranging from Legally Blond the musical to House Husbands and Wonderland on the small screen. She delivered a wonderfully strong performance with impressive vocals and some gut wrenching dramatic moments. Without doubt, Willy Russel’s Blood Brothers is safely entrusted in this Australian cast’s hands. For me though, the stand out performance was Bobby Fox as Mickey. He was exceptional in the role. The transition from endearing to alarming and back again as Mickey grows from a cheeky seven year old child to a jaded eighteen year old man was superbly delivered by Fox. There were so many moments where the audience responded en masse. Be it a giggle at the wry wit that is weaved throughout the writing of this play, an audible sigh at the tragic moments this musical is known for or a literal gasp as theatre goers lurched from their seats in shock (I won’t tell you at what because that would be a spoiler alert!!) Blood Brothers is playing at the Alex theatre in St. Kilda now and will be here for a strictly limited season. I know it can be hard to brave the recent icy weather in the city and curling up on the couch is just oh so tempting in the middle of a Melbourne Winter. But I urge you, if there is one play that is worth ditching your hot milos at home for – its Blood Brothers. TICKETS
DAVID BOWIE IS NEW EXHIBITION AT ACMI website review / photos Mounir and Alice Slamani Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Claire Butler, Communication Adviser and ACMI PR and Marketing Team for the opportunity to attend the media preview opening event
DavidBowie IS, is just that. It is. It is amazing. It is mind blowing. It is for every sense the human body experiences. It is an indulgence of senses and hit pleasure centres hidden deep within my childhood memories. It is enchanting.
As soon as you walk down the steps into the exhibition maze of Bowie, you are enveloped into a world of Fusion. The IS exhibition has taken over 15,000 personal items of DavidBowie and transported it to ACMI Melbourne at Federation Square. The trinity of his work (art, design and music) makes not just your skin tingle, but your soul as well.
Sennheiser, who have been famous for designing the magnificent light shows on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, were recruited to enhance the DavidBowie IS experience. And that they did. You are handed an audio device which automatically gives you the surround sound experience at every point during the exhibit. You become one with the movies, the live performances and even music videos.
This exhibition is not just a one medium show. Live performers, featuring new takes on Bowieclassics, make up the night exhibition schedule, with a classic discotheque bar complete with Bowiesque cocktails.
The music, the madness and the man that is Bowie, just IS.
THE FAIRIES website press release by Glen and Camilla Wilson and GW Photography and Onstage Pics Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Zoe Bilston from Sassafras Public Relations, Jen from The Fairies, Ric Arnold, Michele Abbott, Michele Domonkos and Sheena.Hutcheon, Administrator of Economic Development at Wyndham Cultural Centre for this opportunityMichele Abbott
The Fairies The Fairies for anyone not familiar, is a 5 member children’s entertainment group. The group is made up of Harmony & Rhapsody – The Fairies, Barnaby –The Bee, Wizzy The Wizard and Elf – The Fairy Cake Maker.
We attended the Fairies performance at the Wyndham Cultural Center Werribee. The show is a 1 Hour performance containing all of the fairies most popular songs. The show is energetic and lively. The stage set is a simple yet colorful fairy woodlands theme bathed in blue and pink stage lighting –and of course lots of Fairy lights to bring the set to life. The Fairies cast are extremely talented with great vocals, dancing, stage presence and a good sense of humor. The whole cast engage the audience, encouraging audience participation. A special mention to a very talented Elf`s brilliant dancing and hilarious stage antics. The audience was a sea of tutus, fairy wings and waving fairy wands – and yes, the boys were outnumbered at this concert. Children were allowed to freely move to the front of stage and into the isles to dance and sing along. Full marks to the Wyndham Cultural Center the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I have to admit it was fun to watch – and yes I know all the lyrics to all the songs – as a parent of 3 girls and many years of watching the Fairies at home, seeing the show live bough back memories of how special and important shows like the Fairies are to our young children. To take your child along to a live performance and watch the delight on their faces, the awe and wonder and pure excitement they experience: - that is where the Fairies real magic lies.
BALLET REVOLUCION website review by Maria M Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Linda F and Vicky I event management, media and publicity team from AKA-AU for the opportunity to run this editorial and the possibility to advertise this production
With equal parts talent, seduction, and good old-fashioned fun, the potent cocktail that is the Ballet Revolución will leave your head spinning and your spirit soaring. This whirlwind show of colour and muscle is possibly one of the best gigs you'll see all year (get tickets while there's time, then come back and finish this review - trust me!) and the only disappointment comes with the fall of the curtain at the end.
For two glorious hours, the crescendo of movement and music builds - starting with latin beats which give way to steamy pop classics (from Rhianna to Beyonce to Lorde) and finally build to an all-out disco party, fuelled by the endorphins that have filled the State Theatre theatre to bursting.
The choreography is as varied as it is demanding, and expertly handled by the dancers, who shift seamlessly from the virtuoso precision of run-on ballet pirouettes, to powerful street dance and hip-hop, all the way to abstract modern choreography which uses the human form like a paintbrush.
My personal highlight came a few minutes into the second act - two bodies, a male and a female appear onstage, their gold-lit skin catching the spotlight. As the honey-drenched chords of the guitar and trumpet sound, they begin to move t, slowly as if through syrup, twisting against each-other and at times giving the illusion that they are made of the same flesh. They balance against each-other, draw the other near then pull apart again in an organic expression of passion. One has the sense of witnessing a private conversation for which no language yet exists.
Some revolutions start with a gunshot, others with a skillfully worded call to action. The Ballet Revolución needs neither the pen nor the sword - its manifesto is written in the air above the stage, and all the more compelling for it.
Wonderment: “A state of awed admiration or respect.” We see children and babies experience wonderment at the simplest things. It’s a beautiful thing to observe the delight a child can experience from a balloon, for example. As adults the state of wonderment is an elusive one. Perhaps our expectations are set too high for joy. Perhaps our adult brains are just too busy to discover the ‘exceptional’ in life’s simplicities. On Friday night I had the pleasure of reviewing Circus Oz for BRC and found myself observing this state of wonderment on the faces of audience members. Granted it took an acro-balance routine performed on a unicycle, but here we were – adults with busy lives, stresses and complex brain murmurings reduced to children in a state of awed admiration. THIS is the magic of the circus. Circus Oz has something for everyone. Proudly boasting a commitment to humanity, community, diversity and hilarity - Circus Oz maintained this atmosphere from the opening (and beautifully creative) welcome to country, performed by Candy Bowers, to the closing montage woven around the notion of consumerist culture. This may sound a little deep for a circus but personally I loved the addition of a ‘theme’ or central focus that tied the various acts together. It elevated the status of this show to a true artistic accomplishment and was clearly a collaborative effort from what seems like a real ‘family’ of cast members. Your whole family will enjoy this. From the relaxed atmosphere to the extraordinary stunts, every age will feel welcome and entertained. The music is live and lively, the acrobatics will inspire and the variety of comedy and clowning throughout the show will keep everyone’s eyes glued on the stage. Lilikoi Kaos will amaze with so many hula hoops around her waist that she resembles a human slinky, Spenser Inwood is beautifully strong in a static trapeze act, Sharon Gruenert will make you want to re-think your gym program just looking at her (oh so much strength) April Dawson and Kyle Raferty perform stunning acro-balance feats while gliding (seemingly) effortlessly on a unicycle. Of course this is not the whole cast – just a few highlights. It must be mentioned how insanely multi-talented this cast is. They all performed in numerous roles, had the comedic timing of the best clowns, the strength of skilled athletes and were all a delight to watch. A must see!! Circus Oz is here over the school holidays and is touring for a strictly limited season. All the details are on the Circus Oz website.