AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR NEW website review: Neha Chand (p. Neil Chand)
Australian Chamber Choir’s “Keys to Heaven” Concert 2019 held at Christ Church St Laurence was such a moving experience. The performance was structured in a classy and timely manner that left the audience in awe. It was very impressive to witness the choir sing with no technical aid such as mics and sound systems. They were able to project their voices all the way to the back of the church and this displayed the natural talents in our community. The venue itself was so beautiful with the mosaics lighting up the whole church. It was spacious and comfortable to move around for everyone to enjoy. Overall the event was performed at a very high standard and showcased the extravagant natural talents amongst us in the local community.
photos: Neil Chand
video: Hakam Soufan
THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET SCHOOL : SUMMER SEASON 2019 NEW website review by Kieran McNamara
The Australian Ballet School Summer Season 2019
The showcase for The Australian Ballet School Summer Season 2019 was a wonderful night of ballet performed in the Playhouse theatre in the Arts Centre. The programme included performances of Journey, Tarantella, Con Brio, Pizzicato, Sketch Tone and Sleeping Beauty. The students ranged from Level 2 through to Level 8 with wonderful performances and various skill levels on show.
The performance involved a routine performed on pointe and watching the fast-moving feet was a joy. The costumes were appropriate to the corresponding act and provided variety and even an emotional reaction from me when the curtain opened with how bright, detailed and beautiful the costumes were. There were also gasps from the audience as the curtain opened at one point.
Sleeping Beauty Act III, ‘Aurora’s Wedding’ involved beautiful and spectacular costumes with excellent performances from all dancers. The cats added some comic relieve with their mime and this was definitely appreciated by the younger members of the audience as I could hear giggling of the younger children each time they entered the stage. Although this was quite a long act, the dancers maintained the focus of the audience with their excellent skills and technique.
This act provided some of the best performances in my opinion as the guests paid their respects to the bride and groom. The set was beautiful with other guests seated around the stage as the dancers performed in front of the bride and groom. The act included more characters to be portrayed and I did enjoy looking around to see each performer in character but without taking away from the individual dancers.
It was a very enjoyable performance and I look forward to seeing more student performances from the Australian Ballet School and recommend looking out for upcoming performances to attend.
image: Sergey Konstantinov
WONDERLAND THEATER: RAPUNZEL NEW website review: Olga Kirk
Wonderland Theatre is always making children wait for magic and fun.
Every school holidays we are lucky enough to enjoy traditional pantomimes that are suitable for young kids but adults have fun as well. The main ingredients are education, comedy, magic and music the best ones for such a delicious pie! This time we met Rapunzel with her magnificent long finely spun golden hair and her handsome Prince who “adores to be adorable”.
The Rapunzel story expresses the idea of having a kind heart, love, as she forgave the Witch for deceiving the birth of a princess.
Funny characters and interaction with kids as they sat close to the stage. All the singing and dancing makes the show special and easy for adults to take the kids along as they are never bored.
So, we “let our hair down” and celebrated the end of the year with talented actors and great pictures with the crew after the show as a good tradition for our Kid’s Photo Album.
EUROPEAN WOMEN IN BUSINESS CHRISTMAS MASQUERADE NEW website review by Olga Kirk European Women In Business A magnificent Masquerade Xmas Garden Party with Janine and Warren Lum took place in the magnificent Hellenic Museum! Janine with her team, supporters, family and friends organised such gorgeous women together and make their lives even brighter!
Again and again we applauded her leadership skills and her kind heart to help people in their path and business.
The final event of the year European Women in Business in collaboration with Melissa Lewis and Julie Romania presented a fabulous evening of networking with guest presenters, three dynamic leaders- Dr. Stefania Roberts, Kate Mitchell and Melissa Lewis and lots of entertainment.
The exquisite Masquerade Christmas Garden Party was an amazing event for the soul and mind!
Event inclusive of: -Networking -Decadent canapes; Haute Couture bubbles partnering with a new Australian Kombucha with a Kick! -Anti ageing PROCEANIS product for all guests -Masquerade Masks -Auction with auction item prize from @flawlessrejuvenation- multi-award-winning clinic https://flawlessrejuvenation.com.au -Fabulous gift bags valued at over $250
At the beginning of the event Michelle Francis Cook the international opera superstar who has performed in front of thousands and graced the stages of Gran Teatro de Liceu Opera House, Barcelona and the grand Puccini Festival Italia showed us her outstanding talent.
She’s got such an amazing Soprano and every guest enjoyed her high tunes and strong really lifting everybody spirits for the evening. It was really a WOW moment!
The first speaker Stefania Roberts shared her story of life and what inspires her in a male dominated world. Also, the dichotomy of working in the field of aesthetic cosmetic medicine, the advances with this and giving back with humanitarian work and lifesaving surgery on Mercy Ships. She is hilarious, strong, “Zumba” woman who is full of energy and fun. She always manages to mix her very tough job with a sense of humor and emotion. Her Italian blood gives her that secret “spices” for her delicious pizza.
Kate Mitchell is a founder of A Perfect Space was the following presenter! She is brave, never gives up and is a very strong lady who is planning to make her business global. I believe she definitely can reach her goal! Her young company is a digital locations platform, founded on a more efficient way to scout locations for film, photography, productions & events.
Melissa Lewis from the Ascension Group – a wise, self-respected and successful businesswoman. As the founder of the Ascension Group Melissa shared with us her years of experience as a leading presenter, mentor and coach working with high performing, driven, talented business women to give them a greater image and confidence. She is marathon runner, mother and wife, a tiny woman with strong leadership skills who is always learning something new and improving herself all the time.
Thanks a lot to all the Sponsors for the generous gift bags! Sponsors: -A Perfect Space @aperfectspace and founder Kate Mitchell as featured presenter! A digital locations platform, founded on a more efficient way to scout locations for film, photography, productions & events. www.aperfectspace.com
-Milinski Cosmetics Luscious Luxe Lipsticks were a great toy for guests in goodie bags to enjoy the shade and texture! -Hairhouse Australia Professional Haircare & Beauty Product & Services! Well-known with their service and products www.hairhousewarehouse.com.au -Passionfoods the best in fresh, nutritious and healthy foods and products -International interior designer Anna Giannis Interiors Anna Giannis styling the event with elegance, flair and creativity. https://annagiannis.com.au -Bag Queen - stunning range of bags and wallets -Flight Centre Australia gift vouchers for all guests! Bringing you amazing travel experiences https://flightcentre.com.au/stores/south-melbourne/ -Barilla-the world's leading producer of pasta www.barilla.com -Slim Secrets Delicious and Nutritious! High in protein, low in calories www.slimsecrets.com.au - MOR a unique sensory and fragrant indulgence. Allow your own story to emanate! - AROMABABY pure natural luxury skincare. 100% Australian made and owned. http://aromababy.com -De Lorenzo Hair Care - @delorenzohaircare - Haircare with a conscience! @delorenzohaircare https://delorenzo.com.au -@CoteNoireAu the most stunning range of fragrant candles and home products http://cotenoire.com.au -Blingedofficial bespoke accessories. Fashion accessories with a conscience, Vegan friendly www.blinged.com.au -Brewhaha Kombucha With a Kick. Delighted to present this unique beverage at the event for all guests www.brewhahadrinks.com.au -PROCEANIS® It moisturizes the skin from within, evenly, over prolonged periods of time – day by day. https://www.healthbeautygroup.com.au/hyaluronfiller/ -Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine & MARQUIS FASHION MAGAZINE- stay on trend with weekly stylish fashion, art and entertainment. Part proceeds went to the member of EWIB Brooke Roberts for cancer treatment which made the vibes of the event even more exciting and unforgettable. Merry Christmas to everyone and all the best – we deserve it!
photos: Robert Wilson
NGV: Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines NEW website review by Hima Himani
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines is showing at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, from 1 December 2019 to 11 April 2020
This summer, the National Gallery of Victoria is presenting the work of two of the most influential artists of 1980s Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.
The exhibition will take viewers to a visual journey of Haring and Basquiat art works from early stage of art exhibitation to a more profound pieces of art. The world premiere exhibition which is exclusive to Melbourne offers more than 300 works, from painting to drawings, sculptures, journals and rare photographs and some pieces never exhibited before.
The joint exhibition opened at the NGV on 1st of December and exhibiting through out summer in Melbourne till 11th April 2020.
On 29th of November NGV conducted exclusive media preview where large number of media were presented. Event was opened by Janet Whiting (President NGV council of trustees ), followed by beautiful speech from Horst Von Sanden managing director of Mercedes-Benz.
Informative speech was given by Mr.Tony Ellwood,Director of NGV , later exhibition was opened for members of media to view and observe the great work of Basquiat and Haring.
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines has been organised by Dr Dieter Buchhart, art historian and curator of recent monographic exhibitions on both Jean-Michel Basquiat (Fondation Louis Vuitton, Barbican Art Gallery) and Keith Haring (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris).
The unique contemporary modern art of two incredible and talented artistes showed their passion of art which they used as the communication tool to vast audiences in 1980s, started their early exhibition from New York streets and Subway stations, their usual inspiration came from people and cultural around them.
Both talented artists had short spam of life, they both died young. Basquiat died of a heroin overdose at age 28, and Haring died of HIV/AIDS at age 32, but they left their great work behind, a legacy which taught world that the true artist could express their feelings, ideas, thoughts freely, could demonstrate powerful message anywhere and on any objects around and could make a difference.
Keith Haring started his art from New York subways black boards and Jean -Michael Basquiat drew on many street walls, including doors, Windows and objects like tyeres, cardboard boxes, foam etc.
The art work created in public spaces demonstrated visual language and communicate bold statements on politics, race and social justice.
Basquiat for the colour of his skin, Haring for his sexuality, they turned art into weaponry.
Keith Haring visited Melbourne in 1984 and created a temporary mural on the National Gallery of Victoria’s iconic waterwall. This mural has been replicated for the event. During that visit, he painted a mural on the wall of what was then the Collingwood Technical College. This is one of only 31 known Haring murals in the world, and one of only three that have not been significantly covered or damaged.
Keith Allen Haring
Keith Allen Haring was an American artist, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, US on 4th May 1958 and died of AIDS related complications on 16th February1990 at the age of 31. His pop art and graffiti art work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. He completed his education at the Ivy School of Professional Art and School of Visual Arts. His popular art works are Known for Pop art, street art, sculpting, Notable work He was awarded for Wack"MovementAIDS awarenessAwards The Art Award. Between 1980 and 1985, Haring found a medium which was very effective to communicate with vast number of people in New Your city. He started to use empty advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station and began drawings in white chalk throughout in subways. The subway became a platform for expressing his ideas and experimenting his though. Haring's work grew to popular spontaneous in New York City.
Between 1980 and 1989, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His first solo exhibition in New York.was held at the Westbeth Painters Space in 1981. After public recognition he created larger scale works, such as colorful murals, many of them commissioned.His imagery has "become a widely recognized visual language" His later work often addressed political and societal themes especially homosexuality and AIDS through his own iconography. In April 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop, a retail store in Soho selling T-shirts, toys, posters, products at a low cost.The shop was intended to allow people greater access to his work. Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanages. Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions. In 1986 alone, he was the subject of more than 40 newspaper and magazine articles.
Keith Haring Foundation was established after he was diagnosed with AIDS, Haring enlisted his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS. Much of his work includes sexual allusions that turned into social activism. He achieved this by using sexual images to advocate for safe sex and AIDS awareness.
Jean-Michel Basquiat Jean-Michel Basquiat an American artist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, on 22nd December 1960. His mother was of Puerto Rican heritage, and his father a Haitian immigrant. Jean-Michel's fluency in French, Spanish, and English inherited from his background . Basquiat displayed a talent for art in early childhood, learning to draw and paint with his mother's encouragement. He was the first African American artists to reach international stature and wealth in the art world.
His rise to fame came quickly, as he was celebrated for his fusion of multicultural symbols, biting social commentary, and distinctive graphic style. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Basquiat drew and visited museums regularly from an early age, and many of his childhood interests ranging from cartoons and Alfred Hitchcock films to anatomy and French and Spanish textbooks, would prove influential in his later work. Basquiat dropped out of school at the age of 17 and began creating art full time. His early work consisted of spray painting buildings and trains in downtown New York alongside his friend Al Diaz gaining notoriety for his invented character SAMO (“Same Old Shit”), who made a living peddling “fake” religion.
After quickly rising to fame in the early 1980s, Basquiat was befriended by many celebrities and artists, including Andy Warhol, with whom he made several collaborative works
1982 was a banner year for Basquait, as he opened six solo shows in cities worldwide and became the youngest artist ever to be included in Documenta, the international contemporary art extravaganza held every five years in Kassel, Germany.
Basquiat was umbecoming increasingly addicted to heroin and cocaine, which untimely led to his tragic death on 12th August 1988 at the age of 27 in New York. He had a short but impactful career.
The Whitney Museum of American Art held the artist’s first retrospective from October 1992 to February 1993. In 2017, after having set Basquiat’s auction record the previous year with a $57.3 million purchase, the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa surpassed it, buying the artist’s Untitled (1982) at Sotheby's for $110.5 million. This set a new record for the highest price ever paid at auction for an American artist's work. Today, Basquiat's works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
photography: Hima Himani
CAT LOVERS SHOW 2019 NEW website review by Susan Reynolds
This year the 2019 Cat Lovers show was a purr-fect day for feline fans. Bigger and better was promised and so it was... with shorter waiting times at Pat-A- Cat and more cats to see overall. The whole space upstairs at the historic exhibition building was taken up with Pat a cat, breeding showcase and individual stands for cat rescue groups and also some delicious food/drink choices.
On the ground floor there were some fabulous accessories for cats, great paraphernalia for cats and their owners. Cat carriers, litter, food, photographers to book, cat inspired crafts, cat surgical specialists, many related company representatives and lots of cat experts to give advice. A dedicated area for one on one with vets, groomers, cat experts with pet behaviour, trainers and nutrition experts. . This was the day to find out what it’s all about to own a cat, how to nurture a cat, what to do if you have issues with your cat and for those who have owned a cat for a long time education was still invaluable. It’s a day to obtain cat knowledge and for all to celebrate in the joy of cats. Humans were catered for with yummy food choices great coffee , a wine company had a display on the day and you could even have your nails appliquéd with cute cat motives or fab face painting. Moving outside of the building the food continued for hungry humans with plenty of choices. Cat fanciers enjoy a sense of humour cup cakes were available with cat faces and motifs.
On stage there were shows highlighting clever cats and their tricks. Who said you can’t train a cat? These trainers show how it’s done for advertising and the budding movie star cats amongst us. Dr Chris Brown and Dr Katrina Warren were amongst other experts on the weekend. Offering invaluable advise on how to look after your pet. Also maybe there were there for some fan photos!
A great weekend was had by all : the precious felines, their owners, experts and show goers.
photos: Danielle Lopes
NICA: SICK NEW website review and photos: Kieran McNamara
The NICA 2019 Third Year Ensemble show is called Sick and was conceived and directed by Gavin Marshall. The show is set in a hospital and provides an interesting story detailing the interaction between patients, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff and what the experiences are like for different individuals.
I particularly enjoyed the story telling and characters and how circus skills were used to enhance the story. A wide variety of hospital experiences and emotions are included in a powerful manner. This included life, death and illness and allowed the cast to portray characters with a mix of comedy, drama and raw emotion. The circus performances were intertwined into the story and provided the third-year students with an opportunity to showcase their skills and training in an entertaining, emotive and fun way depending on the situation.
The set was fantastic as it looked like an old hospital but also provided three different levels to be utilised by the performers. The lighting was particularly well done as it combined fluorescent lighting and stage lighting to add depth and direct the audience’s attention to different parts of the stage as appropriate. The music contributed nicely to the mood as there was also dialog delivered by the cast.
The props included a variety of hospital equipment from beds, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and some smaller items to add to the realism. The props weren’t static and allowed the performers to use them in fun, creative ways and as they are intended in a hospital. The costumes looked great with a mix of uniforms, street clothes and performance costumes.
Congratulations to the cast, crew and production staff for creating and executing a wonderful show providing an opportunity for the students to demonstrate the skills they have but without it being a disjointed selection of individual, duo and group acts. Each act contributed to the story while also including a mix of death defying, drama and comedy. It was successful in providing entertainment and for drawing out emotions of people who have been, visited or lost loved ones in a hospital environment through joy, loss and serious illness.
Although the show included emotional moments, it also provided plenty of comedy and action and is my favourite of the NICA shows I’ve attended. I did enjoy seeing the cast portray characters and convince the audience that it was primarily about the characters and not their circus skills. A worthwhile show and I highly recommend purchasing tickets and going along for a night of entertainment and emotion. Congratulations to the students as they graduate and continue their circus journey.
Synthesis -Down Under 2019 Tour NEW website review Amit Singh editing; Natasha Marchev
What's a better way to celebrate your birthday than to attend the Synthesis concert? It was a lifetime experience of feeling the beat in the blood. That was the concert that warmed the hearts and soothed the souls. There are not many concerts or art events where you find out about the country as at such events: learning it through the music and connection with people in the audience!
The whole music band was so well organised and the way they worked together was a true example of some great team work on stage where everyone supports each other.
The choice of music to create the magic in the hall was amazing to make the crowd go crazy and shout for one more song please, one more music piece please!.
Synthesis concert at Thorbury Theatre just smashed it so well it was received with loud applause from the audience. The music that rejuvenated the people seeking for that native connection to their land, the music that touched the them deep inside their core being.
At the very start we wanted to stay for only 20-30 minutes but ended up being so hooked up with the music and with the whole atmosphere of the event we could not leave till the very end.
Melbourne can’t wait to have the band back again next year! It was such an exhcnage of good vibes!
We were immensely honoured and privileged to attend this event and can’t thank enough to whole team of Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine for giving me this wonderful birthday gift.
We are waiting eagerly for the next concert and would love to attend it again with the whole family.
Special thanks: Sotir at Feel Balkan Events for organising this superb chance to connect with the very earthy music and songs and for allowing us to cover this concert too.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY WITH Stradivarius Magic NEW website review: Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – ’Stradivarius Magic’ Given at: Performing Arts Centre, Camberwell Grammar School, Mont Albert Rd. Canterbury. on 30/11/2019. Conductor: Rick Prakhoff, Soloist: Alexandre Da Costa (Violin).
The concert began with the one and only Violin Concerto, Op.61 in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven. The gentle and smooth introduction by the orchestra was followed by the dramatic but colourful 1701 Stradivarius violin expressing a commanding pureness of tone with effortless ease by Alexandre. With eyes closed at times between segments, his focus was superb, expressing close connection with the orchestra and Rick. The soulful lyrical quality of Alexandre’s playing was expressed through his exemplary bowing technique that was closely watched by the writer – also a violinist since the age of 6! Another noticeable feature displayed by the orchestra and expertly guided by Rick was a wonderful sense of ‘light and shade’ blended with spectacular runs and double stopping from the Canadian violinist – sounding bright and new. In fact the violin was in great shape physically. Having heard various versions of the Cadenza that followed, we were treated to a very unusual and spectacular version, embellished with tonal pureness that led the first movement (Allegro ma non troppo) to a powerful finish! The romantic second movement (Larghetto) echoed sweet gentleness with the soloist showing great artistry and feeling with tender pizzicato by the strings. The expressive peacefulness created by Beethoven was handled with passionate lightness and clarity. Without a break, we moved into the third movement (Rondo. Allegro) with brilliance, energetic contrasts and well phrased variations. Alexadre’s double stopping was spectacular and ably supported by the orchestra. Another spectacularly unusual and complex Cadenza was also a delight to lead the piece to energy filled ending much to the delight of the very enthusiastic audience, including the writer. As an icing on the musical cake, Alexandre performed Canadian Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ with a soulful and original interpretation backed by a quartet from the orchestra – much to the enthusiastic delight of the audience!
Following the interval, the orchestra rallied to present Symphony No. 1, Op.39 by Sibelius. Contrasted by the gentle clarinet introduction, the restless blend of stormy melodies created strong energy as physically seen by Rick’s vigour and vitality. The blend of woodwind and harp created the precursor to a powerful finish decorated with some tasteful pizzicato. The sombre and melancholy second movement followed with the sweet texture of the strings captivating the power of the brass and woodwinds. The dreamlike interplay from the orchestra was also well balanced soothingly massaged by the strings while complimented by short passages from the harp. Although the acoustics of the auditorium was very good, the seating layout was too low with excessively long rows! (Only part of the orchestra was visible). The dynamic third movement (Scherzo: Allegro) flowed cohesively well with powerful integration, ending quite abruptly. The build up of drama continued in the final movement with some contrasting sweeter passages from the strings and the harp adding some spice with continued use of the drums (‘Finlandia’ style!). The powerful big finish ended the movement with only two pizzicato chords. A massive piece well delivered by everyone in the orchestra!
Congratulations to the prolific and energetic Rick Prakhoff, the extremely talented Alexandre Da Costa and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events in 2020. A most enjoyable, exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers and of course the Stradivarius!
SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 3 December 2019.
JENNY LU CONCERT: ONCE UPON A TIME website review by Katherine Kelly photos: Stuart Buchanan
Once Upon a Time
Piano recital by Jenny Lu St Paul’s Anglican Church Canterbury Sunday 17 November, 2019.
Accomplished pianist Jenny Lu showcased some lesser known works in her recent performance.
She started with Empathy by Tony Gould, a piece with dreamy jazz chords depicting light and darkness.
Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song followed, which served as a musical ode to the Australian countryside.
Franz Liszt’s Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses VII Funerailes was an evocative and sombre work in memory of the 1849 executions by the Austrians of the Hungarian Prime Minister and thirteen generals in punishment for their bid for independence. Unlike his famous Tristesse, this work was pared down to illustrate his anger of the injustices meted out to his people and of his love for Hungary.
Russian Rag by Elena Kats Chernin, a very well-known composition and one of my favourite works, evoked street cafes with people mingling and perhaps dancing.
Kaija Saariaho’s Ballade (2005) was percussive in style and sounded quite frenzied and disturbing without a definable melody.
We then heard two works by Sergei Rachmaninov’s contemporary the lesser known Nikolai Medtner - Sontata-Skazka Op. 25 No. 1 (1910) and Skazki Op. 34 (1916-1917). These compositions differed in the style with the first being wild and tempestuous and the second depicting a fairytale like atmosphere.
The colour run of 5km was absolute fun and entertaining.
It brought an array of colours to Melbourne's life. People had a lot of laughs and plays with colours. There were lots of activities during the race too. ,
The whole set up that was so well organised. There was live musicians invited on stage who brought some much sound to the event apart from visual beauty. There were dances and colour throws added to excite the happy guests.
Some of the key features of the event were Massive Insta-worthy Color Throwsthat took place every 15 mins. Apart from that there were great DJs and amazing Dance Parties, 7-Eleven Playground with FREE Slurpees for all the runners, there were also fresh fruit, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Coffees to serve for the participants! There was an extra sponsor freebies from Voost, Subaru, Harvest Snaps and lots MORE to list here
Overall it was an superb experience that you would want to go for year after year. I love it and I will keep attending so I recommend the same to you too. Thank you to the organisers for doing such a wonderful and impressive job.
SANTA'S MAGICAL KINGDOM website review by Nicole Stenton
If you love the magic of Christmas, you will be sure to love the excitement and atmosphere of Santa’s Magical Kingdom. The kids and I were ‘wowed’ from the moment we entered. The first attraction that caught our eye was a section towards the front, with Christmas trees, fairy lights and an abundance of foam like snow. The kids could have easily spent the whole session smothering each other with the foam, and given the laughter and smiles they had while doing this I wouldn’t have minded! There were plenty of photo opportunities, but if you’re kids are anything like mine they won’t be interested in posing for too many photos when there is so much for them to see and do. There were many different areas to entertain the family. Another favourite was the giant ball pit near the gingerbread stand. The rides had minimal wait time which is so important when you have over excited kids that want to see and experience everything quickly. Most of the rides seemed to be aimed at younger kids (7 and under) and this is probably the age I’d recommend to attend. You can’t have a day out at Santa’s Magical Kingdom without seeing the circus show. The whole family was in awe at the acrobatics and stunts on display. If the circus is of no interest to you, the rides remain open so there will be no wait times at all. The only thing I think I would have liked to experience was seeing Santa walking around, however as there is an opportunity for Santa photos in a controlled setting this was not an option. The kids did enjoy meeting Mrs. Claus though. Overall, it was a great and memorable day out that really brings alive the spirit of Christmas.
photography: Ashraf Da Rafsta
SONGS OF THE NORTHERN RIVER website review by Katherine Kelly photography: Start Buchanan
Songs of the Northern River The MC Showroom, Level 1, 48 Clifton Street Prahran 20-24 November 2019.
Jess D’Souza director A.J. Ridefelt – Producer and writer Rachel Lewindon Musical director
Music arrangement and sound production by Craig Bryant of Paxus Productions.
Songs of the Northern River, written and produced by A.J. Ridefelt, is a collection of twelve stories told in song about life’s unforeseen events, which arrive to test us; how we deal with them; and then proceed with the newly-gained knowledge and experience.
An all-female cast of six delivered the stories with beautiful harmonies, humour and pathos. Sets were simple with wooden seats and quick costume changes.
Scenes included a daily commute on public transport, which was stymied by an all-too-common delay with both frustrating and hilarious consequences.
Another scene depicted a dancer with a fracture learning to take her first step post-injury. Recovery is very slow with just one step at a time - a reminder that life is a series of stepping stones.
Other stories include the quest for virtual love on the internet and the annoying experience of having a solo camping trip disrupted by a needy, unprepared girl scout.
This was a most enjoyable and engaging production. I will be looking forward to A.J. Ridefelt’s next creation.
video: Gen Wilson
MELBOURNE MUSICIANS PRESENTING: CLASSICAL MASTERS website review and photos by Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE MELBOURNE MUSICIANS (45thConcert Season) given at: James Tatoulis Auditorium, ‘MLC’ Barkers Road Kew on 15 November, 2019, titled ‘Classical Masters’. Artistic Director: Frank U. Pam. Soloists: Anne Gilby, oboe; Mia Yang, violin; David Soo, piano.
With great expectation, the audience was in for a treat with the first offering – namely the Oboe Concerto in C minor by Domenico Cimarosa – a most interesting piece which was derived from keyboard sonatas by Cimarosa. Right from the start, Anne Gilby connected with the music in a pure and melancholy manner flanked by some superb pizzicato from the orchestra. Enhanced by the clear acoustics, Anne continued with the crisp and lively ‘Allegro’ movement delivering fast and intricate passages, much appreciated by the audience. The slow, sweet and stately ‘Siciliana’ followed exploring the gentle sounds of the oboe with nurturing support from the orchestra. The flawless delivery continued with the ‘Allegro’ movement. Spritely and easy on the ears, the piece finished with flair, precision and dynamic flow, much to the delight of the enthusiastic audience – including yours truly!
Frank Pam followed up with a narrative praising the orchestra and soloists, emphasizing the need for financial support. Playing by heart, Mia Yang continued with her interpretation of Haydn’s Violin Concerto No.1 in C major. With a sparkly, crisp and lively ‘Allegro’ start, Mia impressed the crowd with energetic flow and well handled double stopping on the violin. Despite the numbers (13 in total), the orchestra provided a full well balanced sound to support the soloist who handled the complex cross bowing and the tricky upper register trills. Further enjoyment was created by the ‘cadenza’ – handled with virtuosity and flair! The slow and flowing ‘Adagio’ followed. Sweet, serene and smooth delivery packaged by a supportive orchestra brilliantly directed by Frank Pam ended the movement most peacefully. We were now ready for the ‘finale (presto)’. The energetic flair continued where Mia was exploiting the violin’s capabilities through this exciting composition. Applause from the audience was substantial!
An interesting short piece followed as the Yamaha grand was rolled into position. This was of course, Mozart’s Rondo in D major, K.382, about to be delivered by David Soo. It was clear that David was enjoying himself as he whipped into the piece with precise and tuneful clarity, exploring the many sweet Mozart themes with playful ease. Playing without music, he showed his attentiveness to the orchestra and the nurturing hands of Frank. Though intricate and complex, David found the delivery easy, showing impressive colour and contrast. Interval followed.
The buzz continued as the major work was about to enfold with David Soo! Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15. This special arrangement for small orchestra began with a crisp start from the ensemble, followed by a smooth and precise entry by David. Being about 2 metres from the piano, David’s superb execution and tonality was invigorating to say the least! His clever use of the pedals especially during the staccato passages exposed Beethoven’s intended passion in a flawless manner. Complimenting the piano, the orchestra revelled with harmony, supporting the soloist with some superb runs from the violins. The effortlessly executed cadenza wreaked of stylish passion and feeling – lapped up by yours truly! Moving onto the slow movement (‘Largo’), the gentle and soothing melodies massaged the swayed audience with exciting staccato passages and a bonded flowing orchestra nurtured by the maestro Frank Pam of course. We rubbed our hands
together in anticipation to welcome the ‘Allegro’ - last movement – crisp, bouncy and exciting treatment by all concerned. It was exhilarating to see David connecting with the conductor and the audience without even peeping at the keyboard. The intelligent, cohesive and energetic delivery embraced the receptive audience who responded with connected appreciation. After a big finish and bows with Frank, David treated us with an encore – ‘Fur Elise’. A memorable rendition that touched many, glowing with passionate colour and contrast – a fitting end to a fabulous musical evening.
Congratulations to Frank Pam (and a Happy Birthday for the 16th), the Orchestra, supporters and all the soloists for a delightfully stimulating, energetic and musically top class concert. We look forward to future events in 2020 and beyond. SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 19.11. 2019.
THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL FENCING: GUY WINDSOR WORKSHOP website review by Sam Bell
It’s not easy to find, but for those who know the way, around the abandoned factories, through the smashed carpark, and down the dark concrete alley; there lies an unmarked building, seemingly crepuscular and neglected. For those brave enough to enter this foreboding quarter of Preston, you will find the Melbourne Salle and all the striking secrets it holds. Secrets on full display last weekend when the school of historical fencing (SHF) held their Guy Windsor workshop and generously opened their doors to let me join in. A bold choice considering I went in with only a passing knowledge of what HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) and WMA (Western Martial Arts) even are, let alone how to even hold a butter knife without cutting myself (I’m not a good cook). The thought of spending the day trying to master the arts and fighting styles of the 14th to 17th century with a full-sized blade slightly terrified me, but for posterity sake, I decided to take a stab at it. A decision I in no way regret, as the day turned out to be great fun and hugely rewarding.
Guy Windsor runs a tight ship, with little preamble or builds up. Within a minute of walking into the building, I was sat down and given the rundown by Guy and SHF head instructor Gindi Wauchope on what to expect and how to behave myself. Basically, while all martial arts are dangerous to an extent, sword fighting is a cut above the rest and all proper precautions must be taken. Hence why the day began with a full-body conditioning circuit, training the muscles and limbering up the body, before learning how to mitigate the damage if the worst should happen (all before a weapon has been seen). But eventually, we all knew how to fall, roll, dodge and generally make sure we didn’t accidentally stab ourselves. We then moved onto wrestling. How to disarm an opponent (sometimes literally), use their weight and momentum against them and generally make the best of a bad situation.
Once our bodies were tempered and our hands trained to deadly weapons, we moved onto knives and daggers. The lessons were balanced (as all things should be) well between attacking techniques and defensive techniques. Focusing mainly on a linear pattern, learning an attack, then how to defend against that attack, before learning how to counter that defence, then how to counter their counter and so and on and so forth. To no one’s great surprise I turned out to not be the most gifted of students and learning a five-part unarmed counter to a knife assault did not come naturally. However, Guy and Gindi were extremely patient and were willing to go through each and every step over and over, explaining the details of each action and why it is done the way it is, until I could finally get a handle on it.
Eventually, the build-up was over it was time to get the point, the swords. I’ll admit to a certain level of giddiness felt when holding a legitimate steel sword and swinging it around like an idiot. All good things must end though and soon it was time to train, after a brief lunch break, we were back to the strike, counter, counter-counter method of learning and I was back to making a fool of myself with a huge grin on my face and all the grace of maimed lemming. Hollywood has conditioned us to believe that swords are things that anyone can pick up and master with a short montage of swings and getting yelled at, but reality is rarely so kind. The truth is that any way you slice it, this stuff is hard and it takes years to master. But I can confirm that while I did endure some sharp stabbing pain in the learning, I now know how to properly parry a sword heading at my face with terminal velocity. A skill I hope to never need but will be extremely grateful for should it prove its worth. By this point, I and many others were basically human-shaped puddles of sweat so Guy decided to have mercy and move onto a theoretical lesson. Explaining the intricacies of clinched combat vs open combat as well as a variety of the nuances ingrained in battling someone of equal, greater or lesser strength. For the more historically minded he also covered the history of the style we were currently learning, covering its origins, background, and context surrounding its purpose. We also discussed the evolutions the style went through over the years as technology changed and bladed combat adapted to new social landscapes.
Once our brains were full to bursting it was time to put our muscles back to use. This time with spears and poleaxes. At this point, hoisting a two-meter long weapon of antiquity on my shoulder and preparing to learn how to use it I truly thought I was done. I was couldn’t hack it as a knight of old and training to become one was even harder than it was cut out to be. Sure enough though, before I could bow out, Guy and Gindi were back at my side, explaining how to use everything we had covered during the day and harness a new weapon using a similar style. Turns out, if you can dodge a knife, you can dodge a spear.
Ultimately there is only so much one can cover in a single day and sooner or later the times comes to pack it in. so it was that we all had a bit of a cool down work out, for those with energy left to burn and the group headed off to go grab dinner together at a local pub and apologize to those thwacked over the head with a beer or two. Before the merrymaking could begin though, I decided to steal Gindi away for a chat and get some info for those of you who want nothing more than to learn how to take your Aragon cosplay to the next level.
To put it bluntly, Gindi Wauchope knows what he’s talking about. Coming from a family of historical re-enactors, Gindi took up weapons as a way to kill time and never put them down. As a certified personal trainer and with nearly ten years as a HEMA instructor under his belt, Gindi is the real deal. While he admits his favourite weapon is the rapier but he has the chops to teach a wide variety of weapons and styles. Ranging from the 14th to the 17th century Gindi is a master of all things Italian including but not limited to wrestling, dagger play, sword in one hand, in two hands, in armour and without, as well as spears, poleaxes, clubs, and even on horseback.
This means of course that the school has a variety of different members, learning a variety of different weapons. He did share with me that most of the school is mainly beginners as unsurprisingly, most people have never done this sort of thing before and it takes years to build up the skills. He does recommend classes to anyone with an interest in history or just looking for a fun way to get physical. As a personal trainer, he does put an emphasis on the physical aspect, as he believes that in order to understand the academic side of HEMA you must be able to do the physical stuff.
Classes run five days a week from Tuesday to Saturday and workshops run two to three times a year. With each class taking between an hour to an hour and a half, Gindi says that most of his students attend twice a week and spend around three hours honing their craft. Equipment is provided, but can also be purchased through the school or online. Prices vary depending on how many lessons a student wishes to attend, but a full break down of their prices can be found on their website. As an obese journalist I had my work cut out for me with this event, but I can honestly say I had the time of my life and can highly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in history, martial arts, swords, or even just people looking something fun to do to get some exercise. Follow the link to their website and have a look. In the meantime, though, while the pen may not be mightier than the sword, is significantly easier to write with. The School of Historical Fencing - https://historicalfencing.com.au/
photography: Kieran McNamaa
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: KIRIOS website review by Ivan Lubkov
The world-famous entertainment troupe Cirque du soleil returns to Sydney in 2019 with the show Kurios. The artists have earned the glory of making luxurious and highly sought for circus-themed shows, which are considered to be best in the world.
Throughout my life I have heard countless stories about the colourful shows organised by Cirque du soleil. All photos of the shows bring out a sense of wonder. When I got a chance to attend the show in Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, I was excited too. The approach to the large tents was well decorated and all guests were greeted with happy and playfully dressed artists. While everyone was getting seated there was a constant scene played on the stage and after the first 5 minutes the show started. The futuristic fantasy theme coupled with constant cheerful music enlighten the mood. Even though the show had a plot, the acrobatic acts made the audience lose track of the playful adventure of the curious professor in the watery skies. The event is a must watch for anyone that has never attended Cirque du soleil, as for the ones that have seen similar shows in the past Kurios would give plenty of excitement.
#SafariNight was run yesterday, Saturday, November 2 2019 to support the charity created for Most Inspiring Women Of Australia 2019 Award Night and Induction Of Officers by The Women Association Inc. at the Melrose Melbourne Conference + Reception Centre https://www.facebook.com/TheWomen-Association-Inc-1190411561109979/ Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine was lucky enough not only to get the VIP invite to the evening but to judge the best dress competition won by gorgeous Analieze Bella Newton wearing amazing Kwacha Luka at #KwachaFashion outfit and to cover the event. Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine expresses its special thanks to the event managers and organisers and personally to Rowena Ann Hansen for the invite and opportunity to judge and cover the event
*** TheWomen Association Inc held their very first event on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at Melrose Conference and Reception Centre.
The newly established organisation is led by president - Rowena Hansen. In her opening speech, Hansen highlighted some alarming statistics concerning domestic violence in Australia and called attention to the organisation’s mission.
‘A survey of domestic violence data in Australia revealed that 1 in 3 women have experienced at least one incident of violence from a current or former partner since the age of 15.’ Hansen continued to state that ‘intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to illness, disability and premature death for women aged 15-44 than any other preventable risk factor.’
The organisation was created to support survivors of domestic violence and the funds raised from the event will go towards providing assistance to women in crisis in order for them to have a new start. They aim to set up a support line, where they will assist with finding crisis accommodation, in addition to providing referrals to appropriate services.
The master of ceremonies for the night, Andrea Smith warmly welcomed all guests, before introducing guest speaker Dale Cosgrove. Mr Cosgrove runs several projects aimed at improving mental wellbeing, and had the honour to formally induct the officers of the organisation.
The event celebrated the achievements of inspirational women who are leading the way and mentoring our women leaders of tomorrow. The 20 nominees were each presented with a certificate to recognise the positive contributions made within their community. The nominees were judged by the officers according to their community works. The main winner announced was Christina Chia, taking the title of the Most Inspirational Woman for 2019. Christina Chia has held a number of leadership roles within her community, notably her involvement with the Rotary District and is an ambassador for the Mental Health Foundation Australia.
Guests wore their very best khaki and animal print inspired outfits to fit the Safari theme. Bohemian Rhapsody Magazine had the task of judging the best dressed male and female, with the winning outfit worn by Analieze Bella Newton and designed by Kwacha Fashion.
The fun filled night was completed with live entertainment, dancing, a three course meal and drinks. Lora Love kicked off the entertainment and got the room shaking with her rendition of ‘Crazy in Love.’ Lora took the opportunity to acknowledge the strong presence of men at the event, and thanked them for coming to support the women in their life.
There was also the chance to win amazing raffle prizes – all generously donated by the sponsors.
Thank you to Rowena Hansen and to TheWomens Association Inc for the invitation to attend and congratulations on the success of your launch event.
For more information about the organisations events and projects, check out their Facebook page.
Officers: Rowena Hansen – President Elgen Shannon – Vice President Heidi burns – Secretary Choy Symes – Adviser Andrea Smith – Public Relations Lisa Eugenio – Public Relations Anilyn Clemens – Treasurer Emilita Gerella – Assistant Treasurer Felina Fyfe – Auditor Emily Reis – Assistant Auditor
Most Inspiring Women of Australia Nominees: Amy Haywood Lyn Barnard Jacqui Dunn Erin Giblin-Lloyd Analieze Bella Newton Jinky Paulino Diosa Nicholls Hazel Lowe Christina Chia Lora Anacan Anna Sola Solmeo Lynn White Joy De Joya Marites Idea Novis Lorna Ramirez Lucy Laurita Nelia San Jose Ramirez Jaina Imdani Aiza Borrel Molina Nelda Orodio-Estores
Most Inspirational Woman 2019: Christina Chia
People’s Choice Award: Lyn Barnard
Safari Themed Best Dressed: Judged by Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine
Best Dressed Female – Analieze Bella Newton Best Dressed Male – Barry Fyfe
Media: Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine – Natasha Marchev, Elena Tretiakova, Anthony Wayne
photography: Elena Tretiakova
BTS photos; Natash aMarchev
video: Hakam Soufan
BRIEFS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS website review by Kieran McNamara
Here's the review from Briefs: Close Encounters from last night. Briefs: Close Encounters Prior to the show, the performers were walking around the foyer of the Playhouse Theatre selling raffle tickets wearing matching costumes carrying lighted buckets and greeting the audience with smiling faces. Once the audience was allowed into the theatre, a quick sale of raffle tickets continued in a relaxed and friendly way just while the audience was taking their seats.
The show began with great music, lighting and incredible costumes. Throughout the show, the music, lighting and costumes remained excellent and added to the experience. There was a variety of costumes from space suits to g-strings with plenty of sparkle, colour, motion and even flashing lights.
The performance includes contemporary dance, ballet, circus, acrobatics, hula hoops, bounce juggling, club juggling, clowning and death-defying acts. It was a great mix and provided all the entertainers with an opportunity to showcase their individual skills. All the performers were brilliant and contributed with high energy and skills to keep the audience entertained and focused on what they were doing. The group dance routines were tight and well-choreographed and took advantage of various props. Even while the stage was being setup for the next act, the Bunny drew the audience focus away from the stage in a clever and light-hearted way. The audience was a part of the show with opportunities to join in with clapping and other light hearted participation.
The raffle was drawn and won by a pregnant woman who joined in the spirit of the prize with fun and comedy that ensured the awarding of the prize was just as entertaining as the show. Credit to her for adding to the night by getting into the spirit while on stage and the audience appreciated what she did.
The premise of the show is that a spaceship has come from the future to the current time period to encourage humans to be kind, accepting and supportive of each other. The Captain of the spaceship acted as an MC and was brilliant. His dialog, acting and performing was wonderful and a lot of very small details could have been missed in his performance. The Captain entertained with his dialog which was funny, clever and always felt like it belonged in the show.
The performance consisted of two 45-minute acts and a 20 minute intermission and is advertised as 18+ with some adult language and very brief male nudity. Neither the language or blink and you’ll miss it nudity detracted from the show. The audience seemed to be about 50/50 on first time attendees and those who have seen the show previously. The show ended with a standing ovation and plenty of cheers, whistles and applause for an extremely entertaining and well performed show. Worth going along to have a fun night out and I’d be happy to see it again as I believe it would be just as entertaining.
INTERNATIONAL CHARITY BALL BY SHARE ME A DREAM website review by Anthony Wayne
Building upon the success of their annual Rio Carnival Ball, Share Me A Dream Australia held their very first International Charity Ball on Saturday 5th October 2019. A spectacular night of colour and fun celebrating culture and diversity – it was everything I have come to expect from attending the organisations many events!
Share Me A Dream Australia are a not-for-profit organisation based in Melbourne, dedicated to raising money through their many local charity events to fund community projects in the Philippines. Since being founded in 2011, they have raised in excess of $50,000 Australian dollars. Definitely no small feat! The funds raised are allocated to various medical, educational and emergency relief missions in the Philippines.
For the past two years, I have been supporting the events organised by Share Me A Dream Australia. What stands out the most is the wonderful culture and hospitality from the diverse community who attends – the event organisers, the venue staff, the photographers, and all of the guests. The event brings together so many beautiful people for the common purpose of raising money for charity and making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Upon entering the Melrose Reception Centre, I was instantly flooded with the biggest welcome from the ushers and other guests arriving. But the hospitality received goes beyond all the friendly smiles I received. The community who attend openly welcome you to become one of them, and I never feel like a guest, but rather a part of the family. Just like the theme of the event, the culture is about belonging and celebrating diversity. I have always been made to feel like I belong and treated with respect. Absolutely everyone is welcomed and made to feel at home regardless of differences. The event attracted approximately 200 people and whilst notably smaller than their main Rio charity ball, it certainly did not dampen the spirits of the passionate crowd.
The fun filled night featured dancing, live entertainment, a full three course dinner and unlimited drinks. The hosts on stage - John Cubelo and Bernadette Galbally (Rio Queen of the Night 2019) were a fantastic duo who kept me entertained throughout the night. DJ Pros provided the great music and lighting that got the crowd on the dance floor. A conga line even formed on the dance floor at one point in the night! The highlight of the event was the international parade competition where both females and males wore outfits inspired by their favourite country. There was also the chance to win amazing raffle prizes – all generously donated by the sponsors. The major prize was a return trip to the Phillipines.
Thank you to the Terry Kane – President of Share Me A Dream Australia for the invitation to attend and congratulations to the team on the debut of your new event.
For more information about the organisations events and projects, check out its Facebook page or website www.sharemeadream.com.
Major sponsors: My Travel Solution LK Travel David Pleydell Photography
Other sponsors: Happy Hut Restaurant Jane Costales Tayler Auto Services John Cubelo
Performers: Dazzling dancers with their Interpretative Dance - choreographed by Lalaine Diez, Lilly Nerido Menzie, Suzette Vergara, Paping Hitchcock, Annie Butler, Elna Deocampo and Ben Hitchcock. African Dance - Gracieuse (Grace) Amah Caribbean Carnival Vibes - Bernadette Galbally and Dianne Latin Dance - by Melvin Diez Production
Media to cover the event Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Magazine team: Natasha Marchev Marchev, Robert Wilson and Anthony Wayne
Philippine Times - Jason Cordi
Photographers: David Pleydell Photography Happy Medium Midel Santos
Trophy Sponsors: Mayanne Pritchard Elvie Mills Lee Leng Kon
Cultural Costume Judges: Lynn Banson Florida Bridgman Mike Honey Roy Carbungco Rogen Eulatic
Female Cultural costume competition: Kyla Brack - Winner Wendy Toring - 1st runner up Rose Chen - 2nd runner up
Male Cultural costume competition: Winner - Ivan Paul Demavibas