ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT SEPTEMBER 20 2015 NEW website by Victoria Elantseva Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to George Deutsch and Zelman Symphony Orchestra PR and Marketing team for this opportunity and for supporting our work
Ticket to the Moon
Watching them is quite something. Well of course, on reflection I should have fallen in love. And I have. The first thing that strikes one upon hearing the Zelman Orchestra is how at home these performers are with the most intricate pieces of music. It’s been more than nine decades since Alberto Zelman founded the ultimate Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. After rocketing to national fame, the orchestra is dashingly growing the grateful audience of its followers across all ages.
The remarkable Mark Shiell, the orchestra’s Artistic Director & Principal Conductor appointed in 2009, charges up the public with his phenomenal charisma.
The conductor’s cut ‘Trip to Asia’ with Sir Simon Rattle. I have watched it several times. In the film, strong parallels are drawn between the demands of the life of an orchestral musician with the immersive and meditative practices of the Zen Arts in Japan. Routine is death for aliveness in music – “I play it this way because I always have”. I think the most important question a musician can ask when looking at a piece of music is WHY? Why did the composer choose those instruments at the moment… There is something both intellectual and mysterious happening… He has a point. At today’s Zelman Symphony they rehearse to discover the essence of fascinating works. Mark has been gambling on experimenters for years and won. During these September concerts he introduced the brilliant ‘Sinfonietta’ by the extremely talented (and amazingly young!) Melbournian composer Harry Sdraulig, who believes that “the power of the tonality is the most powerful force in music”. The few of his works that I have heard prove that he is one of the most inventive composers around.
The Adolph Spivakovsky Award and the VCE Premier's Award winner’s music attempts to draw upon the foundation of the western classical music tradition in new and creative ways. ‘Sinfonietta’ is a quite moody composition, which unites four wonderfully incompatible things: humorous March, placid Nocturne, drastic Aria and an expressive Finale. It was a bit risky to embed such a modern development in the classical tandem of Mozart’s Serenade No. 11, Haydn’s Trumpet Concert in E-flat major and Beethoven’s pathetical Symphony No.3 Eroica. However, being a passionate innovator, Mark has performed a little wonder one more time. The bug had bitten. And the audience was rewarded. The past September concerts became the hour of triumph for the one of the finest trumpeters, Geoffrey Payne, who has been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1979 and has been holding the Principal Trumpet position for nineteen years. The trumpet is probably one of the most used instruments in classical music. Its less popular modern cousin, however, has always resided pride of place. Geoffrey has just the right amount of expressiveness and never overwhelms the sometimes intricate orchestral accompaniment. A splendid performance!
I do not like intervals. Most of them are certainly full of deli’s crisp and strong coffee smell. I wish I could forbid all the entr’actes, but not this time at Zelman Symphony’s performance, because of getting the chance of a brief meeting with Mark, modestly talking to music admirers.
Now I’m waiting for the ‘Russian Dance’ December eve with Sally Walker. She is definitely a stylish flute player, obviously comfortable with her instrument. Surely, there will be a vivid symbiosis of ‘evergreens’ – Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, but I’m mostly intrigued by the announced Melbourne Premiere of an Elena Kats-Chernin’s flute concerto. And if you need an extra push before taking the dive into the music, heed this marvelous quote from Bette Davis: “Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.” (Now, Voyager, 1942).
The next concert will take place on Saturday 5 December 2015, 8.00pm Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre, Xavier College, Barkers Road, Kew
A Melbourne staple, this year’s Royal Melbourne Show offers something for everyone.
As with every year, there are the usual assortment of rollercoasters and rides for thrill seekers, and tamer rides for the kids.
The Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion has been rearranged, offering a much more spacious layout for those of you who with claustrophobic tendencies. Another notable difference is the absence of Big Lou’s Donuts; fear not, All Day Donuts has taken its place.
Dingo puppies and Wallaby joeys make their debut in the Jayco Animal Nursery – a must see for any aficionado of native fauna. They feature alongside a number of farmyard animals, an amazing experience for children and adults alike.
Be sure to stock up on Bertie Beetle showbags – It’ll be a long 12 months before you get them again.
To the East just over the Dandenong ranges, lies the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Fields of tulips offer a veritable feast for the eyes.
Visual stimulation isn’t all the festival provides – there is a pavilion full of Dutch and Turkish food stalls; paying homage to the diverse history of the Tulip.
There’s tractor rides through the fields as well as traditional Dutch games such as ring toss and double Dutch jump rope, to keep the kids entertained whilst you enjoy a drink in the sun.
A U-Pick station allows you to bring a piece of the festival home with you, without damaging the beauty of the tulip fields; additionally there are flower, and clog shops.
A word of warning to those with hay fever – bring a Telfast!
GANGSTERS' BALL 2015 NEW website review by Crystal Corocher and Claire Duncun, Cursed Moon Photography Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to for the opportunity to review this evet and for their constant support of our work
The Gangsters’ Ball Melbourne Sep 19 2015, by Crystal Corocher Were it not for the smart phones snapping selfies there’d have been little evidence to suggest that it was 2015 in the Forum Theatre on Saturday night…the venue, and all who had flocked to fill it, awash with the splendour of the 1920s. Revellers had taken the opportunity to get in touch with their inner gangster, moll or flapper to indulge in the annual Gangsters’ Ball. The travelling spectacular had promised the very best of burlesque, cirque and swing and they didn’t fail to deliver. ‘Sina King’ and ‘Strawberry Siren’ tempted and teased audiences with glamourous burlesque performances, each showing why they hold the titles of Miss Burlesque Australia 2011 & 2013 respectively. The live sounds of ‘Andrew
Nolte and His Orchestra’ filled The Forum to the eaves, luring guests to fill the dance floor to capacity. Acrobatica, a personal favorite , left jaws on the floor with their performances –particularly the ‘toss the girl’ routine with Kali Retallac. If you missed this exceptional night of entertainment – do keep an eye out for other opportunities to catch Acrobatica - they are in hot demand for a reason! I had the good fortune to be accompanied by friend and photographer, Claire Duncan. Claire is a stealthy operator when it comes to getting the perfect shot and visually she was spoiled for choice at the Gangsters’ ball. What was fascinating for me to observe was how, as she ducked and weaved through the masses (and I followed a little less ninja-like), men stepped out of our way, often offering a tip of a hat or polite “ladies” as they permitted us an uninterrupted view of the stage. What a refreshing change from the arse grabs and tacky offers of breakfast that usually ensue on a crowded Saturday night dance floor. They say a ‘good suit can make a man’, well… seemingly feathers and lace can make a lady too, as this event certainly brought the very best out of the Melbourne crowd. Claire and I lamented, as we took regular breaks for our blistered feet, at how they really did know how to class it up in the 20s and 30s. If I could change anything about this night it would be to have left my phone at home to avoid the temptation to scroll through social media, I would have caught the train and ordered a martini and let myself be completely swept away in the atmosphere that the performers, and crowd alike, had created, albeit for just one night….. If you missed it - you’ve missed it, sadly. But do note that the Gangsters’ ball tours the capitals annually and tickets sell out fast! So be on your toes for next year – this is a ‘not to be missed’ event.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT SEPTEMBER 2015 NEW website review by Sylvester Kroyherr Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Judith Rcotterill and George Deutsch for organising this opportunity
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA GIVEN AT XAVIER COLLEGE on (19/9/2015) – Conductor: Mark Shiell, Soloist: Geoffrey Payne (Trumpet) Venue: Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre.
With an informative pre concert introduction by the Conductor and Artistic Director Mark Shiell, the programme began with the wind octet, namely the Serenade No.11 by Mozart. The stately first movement established tuneful integration of the ensemble with well versed interplay. From the five movements, the solos by the four instruments were most enjoyable, especially the sweet and mellow oboe. Following the playful fourth movement, the zestful last movement left the audience uplifted and invigorated.
The second item featured the premiere of Harry Sdraulig’s “Sinfonietta” composed specifically for the Zelman Symphony. With a short discordant first movement, the piece flowed into a slow mystical passage that preceded the energetic and haunting third movement – this being the most likeable. The scary but lively last movement was delivered enthusiastically to finish with a bang.
Displaying absolute control, Geoffrey Payne flowed into Haydn’s famous “Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major”. With a lively introduction by the orchestra, Geoffrey delivered a pure and rich sound including a notable and beautiful cadenza. This set the scene for the smooth, warm and lyrical second movement that exposed Haydn’s clever exploitation of the trumpet. The lively third movement was well integrated with perfect delivery by the soloist and the orchestra that also included a brilliant cadenza by Geoffrey. Happily, the roar and enthusiasm of the audience prompted a short encore that was absolutely delightful.
The massive “Symphony No3 Eroica” by Beethoven followed the interval with the orchestra setting a commanding and powerful start to the symphony. With throbbing chords, arpeggios and syncopation, the orchestra worked hard to maintain the momentum of the various themes introduced by the composer. However, the sad and majestic second movement flowed smoothly with notable energy and feeling, especially from the strings and oboes. With playful energy, the third movement expressed crispy syncopation and energy, finishing neatly. To bring the symphony to a finale, Mark guided the orchestra with great care and insight to build up to a powerful, well blended and exciting finish.
A very enjoyable concert – congratulations to everyone, including all the volunteers!
SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Singer/Musician/Architect) 21 September 2015
MANDATE MALE REVUE NEW website review by Crystal Corocher
ManDate Male Review was wholly underwhelming. So I’m going to keep this brief. 3 hours for 3 performers? Not good enough. Creatively speaking, the show lacked any climax whatsoever. The three guys (ripped though they may have been) each repeated the same formula: Tacky costume, check. Get kit off, check. Put women’s hands on own junk, check. Now I get it, Magic Mike has gone and ‘raised the bar’ for male strippers everywhere….so….go with it – be better. There was just so much time lapsing between these little sets. This show appeared to be designed entirely in the establishment’s favour – ladies could get adequately sloshed buying drinks while waiting for another morsel of man meat…but really…the crowd consisted of 3 hens parties and little others and even the hens looked unimpressed a lot of the time. Particularly with the way some of the girls were handled on stage. (I didn’t think I’d be including an ‘Injury-to-Wang ratio’ in this review, but its 3:2 in case you’re wondering) Full props for how hard the guys obviously train to keep up their strength and physiques but this show is using the terms ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Show’ loosely….too loosely.
VIVA LA DULCE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL NEW website review by Coin Ellis and Concepts 5 Photography Bohemian Rhapsody Club is very grateful to Julie Dargan and Juice Masters Australia for this opportunity to cover this event
Winery Thank –you for the invitation to fund raiser for the Ballan Hospital organized by St Annes winery and the Ballan Rotary Club. The event was well patronized and lengths had been taken to make sure that parking was well directed and adequate for the large number of patrons. Entrance was via a tent where show bags became your ticket. Inside there was a full sized wine glass and details for many of the stall holders. A jumping castle, pizza van and two coffee vans were at the entrance and once inside a band played and there was a carnival atmosphere. The smaller of the two halls was set with tables and chairs and ten stall holders. Candles, honey wine and jewellery to name a few. The main hall was unfortunately too small for the fifty or so stall holders. This made getting around quite difficult. However there was an excellent variety of products to sample several wine stalls, face painting, cakes, dips jams etc. The other larger hall upstairs mainly for tasting of St Annes wines and perhaps this could have been a better place for some of the other winery exhibits in order to spread out the people. The pizza looked excellent, however there was a need for more variety of food as this was the only food available.
NATIONAL 4 X 4 OUTDOORS SHOW FISHING AND BOATING EXPO NEW website review by Evan Konstantaras; photos: John Sacco and Francisco Gozon Bohemian Rhapsody Club is grateful to Samantha Lang, the event executive, Exhibitions And Trade Fairs
The National 4x4 Fishing and Boating Expo, isn’t just for those who love the outdoors. Bringing together over 200 exhibitors from a wide range of products and services, which accommodate anyone and everyone. From the interactive learn how to fly fish exhibit put on by the Yarra Valley Fly Fishing club to Jeep showing off their latest range of cars.
The Action Arena, offering The Tassie Devil Monster truck and Syco Sam the Rollover, provides the excitement for kids and families. Along for the ride is the Defy FMX Team, who captivated the crowd with big jumps and high flying and they were not the only famous faces roaming the Melbourne Showground’s over the weekend, IFish’s own Paul Worsteling who spoke about his fishing experiences around Australia, Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt was another who spoke on how to cook in the outback using general items you took with you. One of the most accessible stars of the Show was John ‘Roothy’ Rooth, who spent a lot of time speaking one on one, taking photos and giving autographs to members of the public.
This expo is a great day out, providing the best mix of products and services that caters not only for the everyday fisherman or outback enthusiast but for people and families looking for a new adventure in their life.
THE MARVELLOUS MIZ DEMEANOURS NEW website review by Alice Slamani photos: Mounir Slamani For over 20 years, the amazing women that make up the Miz Demeanours have been performing their song and dance, and it is obvious that it's their passion and flair for fun (and frivolity) is the driving force. The Miz Demeanours Cabaret show is not to be missed. It is deeply personal, light hearted and entertaining. You can't help to find yourself bobbing along to some jazz classics and laughing hysterically at the antics of their own compositions. Their brightness and energy clearly engages the audience and they exude a collection of talents that bring them together for an amazing experience. With a very talented piano player and drummer backing these four women, I am surprised they haven't found enormous fame and fortune. With plenty of innuendoes and sultry moves, they clearly belong as headliners in the world's best Burlesque clubs. I was utterly entertained by the Miz Demeanours, and felt a deep connection to them as they performed on stage. They really did make the audience feel like it was a personal show, just for them and as well, it seemed effortless on their behalf. It honestly made me feel like I could dress up, jump in and sing along. This is show that needs to tour. I can't wait to take my mum, my neighbour and my best friend along with everyone else I know, to see this show over and over again. It can't be Miz'd!
ARTHUR ATHAN PIANO RECITAL NEW website review by Dheepa Awtani
The piano prodigy Arthur Athan Celebration of mirth & melancholy, majestically orchestrated for a beautiful cause. Review b Dheepa D Awtani Sunday, 16 August 2015 at 4pm
Church of All Nations, 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton VIC Genre: Classical piano 16th August: On a serene Sunday afternoon, a guiding thread of classical piano ran through the Church of All Nations beautifully knitting together ecstasy and sorrow- an awe-inspiring piano concert magically narrated by adept piano soloist Arthur Athan from Melbourne. A piano prodigy, a concert pianist, chamber musician, piano accompanist, piano teacher and music adjudicator- a multi-faceted personality, he has been widely acclaimed for his work in all the roles. He has been the winner of the 3MBS live performance series ‘The Talent 2014’ and has received many accolades including the first prize in 2015 ‘Australian Vocal and Concerto Competition’ together with the People’s Choice Award. He is a global denizen in the music fraternity as he has performed & participated in master classes across the world with the eminent pianist and pedagogues showcasing his level of being an accomplished pianist. Notable shut out was that the profits from the concert went to Wild at Heart, an organization that provides opportunities for people with disabilities and mental illness to perform in creative projects. What a beautiful cause!
Originally intended as the part of his performance in the 2015 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, it forms a free-standing symphonic suite in four movements. My favorite was the work inspired by Shostavich outlining the enigmatic & acerbic recital of 'We wish you a merry Christmas' which not only gives you goose bumps but is so enthralling that you are already giving a standing ovation in your head. Going by the audience opinion, the entire afternoon was a piano masterpiece particularly for the majestic recital of ‘Inferno’.. Dante Sonata by Liszt: a captivating juxtaposition of wailing in hell and joy in heaven. The essence of two thematically related movements was rhythmically capsulated in D minor and F-sharp major, which kept everyone fascinated and wondering upon the excellent artistry of Arthur. With Inferno being called the favorite piece, it is an outstanding compliment for Arthur highlighting his mastery, as invention of solo piano recital is attributed to Franz Liszt. Dante Sonata was the finale and it was a breathless ecstatic outpouring, a dance of transcendent joy leading to a tumultuous conclusion.
Needless to say, the entire program was a sheer exuberant celebration of Satan and Sanity. And Arthur Athan, you created one of the most exciting and uplifting concerts I have ever attended.
Program: Etude Op 42 No 5 by Scriabin - arguably Scriabin's greatest etude Prelude and Fugue in D flat major, Op 87 No 15 by Shostakovich - notable for Shostakovich's use of the theme from 'We wish you a merry Christmas' in the Prelude in a sarcastic manner, showing undercurrents of resentment against Russian communism Hungarian Rhapsody No 12 by Liszt - A showpiece bearing qualities of the 'gypsy' Hungarian culture with distinctive folk tunes interspersed between passages of virtuosity - all features that typified Liszt and his style of composition. Sonata No 32 in b minor by Haydn - one of Haydn's few sonatas in a minor key. The third movement in particular is a driven affair with fugue-like qualities with overlapping voices, very cleverly written. Dante Sonata by Liszt: Fearful tales of torment and pain would have haunted Liszt’s mind when the music of the Dante Sonata flowed from his pen in 1849. It was after a reading of Dante’s poem ‘Inferno’, that the terrifying musical incarnation that is Dante Sonata was born – a portrait of Dante’s journey through depths of hell and the majesty of heaven outside of it. No doubt fresh upon Liszt’s mind would have been the countless stories of wailing sinners in hell. One such sinner was Fransesca the adulteress. Condemned to hell for of lust, Fransesca committed adultery with the brother of her husband after having been forced into marriage. Her cries and tears are audible even through the tumult of hell, where it is as if she recounts those careless days on earth, all the while lamenting her fate and eternal torment from which she cannot escape. “Love has conducted us unto one death!... There are the shrieks, the plaints, and the laments… The infernal hurricane that never rests Hurtles the spirits onward in its rapine;” “Inferno”, Canto V ~ Dante
These program notes were written by Arthur Athan
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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.