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A man sits at the piano, behind him is a conductor and symphony orchestra A bright future
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A bright future

18 October 2021

The annual VOSE Concerto competition took place at the Perth Concert Hall on the weekend and if the three exceptional young musicians competing are anything to go by, the future of Perth’s classical music scene is in good hands, concludes Claire Coleman.

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A woman in black suit holding a conductor's baton is flanked by two women in light pink ball gowns, in front of a star-specked backdrop Singers bring a whole new world to Perth
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Singers bring a whole new world to Perth

7 October 2021

Two sopranos capitalise on COVID with a business partnership that is bringing Disney stardust to Perth. Claire Coleman talks with Amy Manford and Genevieve McCarthy to find out more.

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A darkened hall with a large orchestra filling the stage, dressed in formal black and white concert attire On a grand scale
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On a grand scale

29 August 2021

Principal Conductor Asher Fisch’s deft leadership guides the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (and the audience) through colossal and unpredictable soundscapes, writes Claire Coleman.

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An orchestra is visible silhouetted against an big screen showing an image of a bright red solar flare Music to move the planets
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Music to move the planets

9 August 2021

Grab your popcorn and pull up a beanbag for Australian Baroque’s audiovisual tour of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial wonders, recommends Claire Coleman.

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Operatic adaptation delights young and old
Kids

Operatic adaptation delights young and old

15 July 2021

Composer Emma Jayakumar offers a fresh twist on an Australian classic children’s book. Claire Coleman and junior reviewer Saskia Haluszkiewicz find plenty of common ground in their responses.

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Pictured is dress rehearsal for West Side Story production on June 26, 2021 at Crown Theatre in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell) Is it time to retire West Side Story?
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Is it time to retire West Side Story?

9 July 2021

Despite strong performances, Opera Australia’s staging of West Side Story should come with a content note, writes Claire Coleman.

Reading time • 7 minutesMusical Theatre
A concert stage is filled with youth musicians wearing black, with a conductor and two soloists standing on the podium. Deep roots and musical connections
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Deep roots and musical connections

31 May 2021

Musicians of the West Australian Youth Orchestra bring grandeur to Nunggubuyu song and Mahler symphony, writes Claire Coleman.

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A young performs as violin soloist in front of an orchestra, with a young male conductor on the podium Young guns debut with orchestra
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Young guns debut with orchestra

10 May 2021

Two emerging Australian talents join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for a performance Claire Coleman says was well prepared and coolly controlled.

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Cleaver Street Studio

Cleaver Street Studio

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