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Powerhouse performance
Review

Powerhouse performance

3 March 2020

Sandra Bowdler admires the passion, commitment and energy of legendary blues singer Mavis Staples.

Reading time • 4 minutesPerth Festival
Christmas joy
Review

Christmas joy

15 December 2019

St George’s Cathedral Consort, ‘Bach’s Christmas Oratorio’ ·
Perth Concert Hall, December 13 ·
Review by Sandra Bowdler ·

Reading time • 4 minutesMusic
James Clayton as Macbeth. Photo James Rogers a king spotlit on a dark stage, with witches in the shadows Magnificent Macbeth
Review

Magnificent Macbeth

21 October 2019

Review: West Australian Opera, Macbeth ⋅
His Majesty’s Theatre, 19 October ⋅
Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
Jessica Gethin leads James Huntingford and the PSO through AN orchestra and conductor in a cathedral setting acknowledge applause Mozart plus some
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Mozart plus some

18 October 2019

Review: Perth Symphony Orchestra, ‘Mozart by Candlelight’ ⋅ St George’s Cathedral, 17 October ⋅ Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅ The Perth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jessica Gethin, has been in…

Reading time • 4 minutesMusic
Virtuosic choir on the record
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Virtuosic choir on the record

1 October 2019

Review: Giovanni Consort, ‘Giovanni Album Launch’ ⋅ St Mary’s Church, South Perth, 28 September ⋅ Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅ The Giovanni Consort has been performing in Perth…

Reading time • 3 minutesMusic
Penny Shaw and Robert Hofmann. Photo Mark Liao A man sings to the camera with a woman leaning against him Music theatre delight
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Music theatre delight

16 September 2019

Robert Hofmann and Penny Shaw, ‘Au Naturel!’ ⋅
13 September 2019, Kidogo, Fremantle ⋅
Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅

Reading time • 3 minutesMusical Theatre
Gun Brit Barkmin Virtuosic Vocals
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Virtuosic Vocals

25 August 2019

Review: West Australian Symphony Orchestra, ‘An Evening with Gun-Brit Barkmin’⋅
Perth Concert Hall, 23 August ⋅
Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅

Reading time • 3 minutesMusic
Andreas Ottensamer Man holding clarinet Musical juxtapositions
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Musical juxtapositions

6 May 2019

Review: West Australian Symphony Orchestra ‘Mozart Clarinet Concerto’ ⋅ Perth Concert Hall, May 3 ⋅ Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅ There are combinations of composers from different musical eras…

Reading time • 3 minutesMusic
Joseph Nolan Easter story trimmed but taut
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Easter story trimmed but taut

18 April 2019

Review: West Australian Symphony Orchestra and St George’s Cathedral, St Matthew Passion ⋅ Perth Concert Hall, April 16 ⋅ Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅ Bach’s St Matthew Passion…

Reading time • 5 minutesMusic
Old made new
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Old made new

16 April 2019

West Australian Academy of Performing Arts: “Beethoven: Moonlight and Pathétique” ⋅ Richard Gill Auditorium, April 12 ⋅ Review by Sandra Bowdler ⋅ Charisma is a slippery thing, impossible to define,…

Reading time • 3 minutesMusic

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