Spiral of keyboard with other musical motifs
Calendar, Music, October 19, Performing arts

Music: Mozart by Candlelight

16 October @ St George’s Cathedral ·
Presented by Perth Symphony Orchestra ·

Perth Symphony Orchestra’s ever popular Candlelight series is back after a year’s hiatus, to celebrate and reimagine the music of none other than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including a brand new commission by Australian composer Joe Chindamo.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Silverstream wine as you enter the stunning St. George’s Cathedral, flooded by candlelight and prepare for an uplifting night of music by one of the world’s greatest composers, juxtaposed with works by living composers Joe Chindamo (AUS) and Jonathan Dove (UK) drawing inspiration from Mozart’s musical legacy.

Inspired by Dove’s ‘An Airmail Letter to Mozart’, the program is woven together with letters written by Mozart himself, giving a unique insight into the mind of one of the most famous composers throughout his lifetime.

Doors and bar from 5.30pm, Concert from 6.30pm. Join us in the Burt Hall for a pre-concert talk and drink with composer Joe Chindamo (Melbourne) from 5.45pm – 6pm.

More info
W: perthsymphony.com/pso_event/mozart-by-candlelight/
E:  info@perthsymphony.com

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Man sitting at open grand piano
Calendar, May 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Moonlight in the Cathedral

10 May @ St George’s Cathedral ·
Presented by St George’s Concert Series ·

Renowned pianist Mark Coughlan will officially launch the hand-crafted Fazioli piano, generously gifted to St George’s Cathedral, with pieces that show off its mellow singing quality and luxuriant sound.

More info
W:  www.perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/moonlight-in-the-cathedral
E:   boxoffice@perthconcerthall.com.au

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Lady in orange dress singing on stage
Cabaret, Calendar, Fringe World, Performing arts

Cabaret: Valentine’s Cabaret

14 February @ St George’s Cathedral ·
Presented by Saint G Theatre ·

For one night only, Perth’s gothic heritage-listed Cathedral is transformed into a magical Valentine’s  cabaret cave.

Be hypnotised as performers from around the globe mesmerise you with a sultry selection  of songs and shows. Experience the electric energy coursing through the air in the cavernous Cathedral space.

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Calendar, Circus, Fringe World, Performing arts

Circus: Syncope

7 – 9 February @ St George’s Cathedral ·
Presented by Kinetica ·

A pause; a failure of a heart’s action; unconsciousness… From the winners of the 2017 Fringe World Circus Award and nominated for the prestigious 2018 Fringe World Martin Sims Award, Syncope explores the anatomy and physiology of the human body and consciousness through an intriguing cocktail of aerials, acrobatics and performance art. How do we know that we’re awake? How do emotions affect our body? A visceral experience that is as thought-provoking as it is heart-stopping.

This show sold out in 2018, so book now for this unmissable and critically acclaimed event performed within the stunning Gothic architecture of St George’s Cathedral.

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A Migrant's Son
Cabaret, Calendar, Fringe World, Performing arts

Cabaret: A Migrant’s Son

13-16 February @ Upper Burt Hall @ Cathedral Square
& St George’s Cathedral, Cathedral Square ·
Presented by Michaela Burger ·

“A far-reaching generational story that crosses divides, ignites memories & pulls at your heart-strings” Stage Whispers

Direct from a sell-out Adelaide Cabaret Festival season, ‘A Migrant’s Son’ explores one of the most colourful times in Australian history, the arrival of the Greeks! Brought to life through original compositions, live  band & a community choir led by Carol Young, this unique & touching account is both hard-hitting & hilarious.

Created by award winning cabaret artist Michaela Burger (Exposing Edith), the show tells the story of a poor migrant, who defied all odds & rose above adversity. From deliveries for the family bakery at age seven to opal mines in Coober Pedy, he is an unstoppable force willing to sacrifice everything for family.

“Strikingly original” The Advertiser

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Diva Delight Again
August 18, Calendar, Choral, Music, Performing arts

Music: Divas Delight Again!

3 August @ St George’s Cathedral ·
Presented by St George’s Cathedral Concert Series ·

This must-see concert showcases two of Australia’s finest singers, Soprano Sara Macliver and Mezzo Fiona Campbell, accompanied by Dr Joseph Nolan, in an encore pairing following their extremely popular performance in the St George’s Cathedral 2016 Series.

This event is part of the St George’s Cathedral 2018 Concert Series.

More info: https://perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/divas-delight-again
Email: boxoffice@perthconcerthall.com.au

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Akio Ho
Classical music, Contemporary music, Music, News, Reviews

A lunchtime treat

Review: Concerts at One, Recital II, Christ Church Grammar School ·
St George’s Cathedral, 16 May ·
Review by Leon Levy ·

The attractive annual season of lunchtime recitals at St George’s Cathedral is now under way, and Wednesday’s was the second off the blocks. The featured recitalists were the “Talented Music Students from Christ Church Grammar School”, as the programme put it, and they met that description through the full age spectrum of the senior years, 7 to 12.

The potentially intimidating task of opening the concert fell to Year 12 student Akio Ho (pictured top), but as he had the Cathedral’s new Fazioli concert grand on which to play Gershwin’s Prelude No 1, he might well have regarded the challenge as a privilege. It was one to which he was certainly the equal.

Ruben Davies
Ruben Davies

Joshua Chen faced challenges of a different sort in “Julie-O” for solo cello, composed by Californian Mark Summer, one of the founders of Turtle Island Quartet (who visited WA for the Perth Festival some years ago). It is something of a virtuoso piece requiring the soloist to mix techniques in rapid succession during its four minutes, which Chen did coolly and effectively.

The mellow tones of Felix Mendelssohn’s Andante for French Horn in the self-possessed control of Ruben Davies made for a pleasing contrast and set the scene nicely for the Rondo movement from Mozart’s Duo in G Major for violin and viola, confidently executed by Daniel Zhou and Christian Wong respectively and providing a highlight of the recital.

Arman Brian
Arman Brian

By this stage in the proceedings one might have thought that Christ Church had no vocal tradition to display, but Arman Brian’s performance of “I’m Not The Only One”, by popular young English singer-songwriter Sam Smith, proved otherwise.  Arman demonstrated great skill in vocals and electric guitar, both of which responded well to the cathedral acoustic, drawing an enthusiastic reaction from the mainly older audience, clearly undaunted by the modern idiom.

Wieniawski’s Polonaise No 1 in D Major is something of a show-stopper, beloved of violin virtuosi through the ages. William Wu, the youngest musician on the bill, launched into the famous old warhorse with a confidence that he justified by maintaining accuracy and intensity all the way through to the final bar.

That was going to be a hard act to follow, but the almost-identically named William Hu did just that by playing, with sensitivity and aplomb as required, his own impressive piano composition, “Rhapsody”, and navigating its virtuoso moments with total assurance.

There was a warm reception both for it and for the recital as a whole, which the music staff must most certainly share with today’s students. One would be intrigued to hear another vocal item next time, be it choral or in smaller combination… but that is being greedy!

“Concerts at One” take place at St George’s Cathedral, at 1pm on selected Wednesdays until September 19.

Photos: Rhiannon Hodgson

Christ Church recitalists
Christ Church recitalists
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Lieder to cabaret
Calendar, Classical music, May 18, Music, Performing arts

Music: Lieder to Cabaret

18 May, 7:30pm @ St George’s Cathedral Perth ·
Presented by St George’s Cathedral Concert Series ·

The Cathedral is pleased to welcome two of Perth’s most talented and charismatic musicians – Baritone Andrew Foote and Pianist Mark Coughlan – to perform a delightful and diverse mix of repertoire. The programme includes Schumann’s “Dichterliebe”, Vaughan Williams’ “Songs of Travel”, piano solos to showcase the Cathedral’s new Fazioli Concert Grand, and a selection of cabaret and lighter songs.

More info: www.perthconcerthall.com.au/events/event/lieder-to-cabaret

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Cathedral Cabaret: St George's Cathedral
Cabaret, Calendar, February 18, Performing arts

Fringe World: Cathedral Cabaret

15 – 16 February @ 7pm @ St George’s Cathedral ∙
Presented by: St George’s Dance and Theatre ∙

Sold Out Shows – 2015, 2016 and 2017

For two nights only, Perth’s Gothic heritage-listed Cathedral is transformed into a magical haven of celebration.Bring your friends to a den lit with candlelight and the talent of international performers.

This year we’re offering Limited VIP tickets to compliment the night with canapes and drinks by Halford.

More info: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/cathedral-cabaret-fw2018

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Circus, News, Performing arts, Reviews

An elegant machine

Fringe World review: Syncope by Kinetica ·
St Georges Cathedral, 30 January ·
Review by Jenny Scott ·

‘Syncope’ demonstrates the capabilities of the human body as an elegant machine. Photo: Rebecca McMahon

Syncope is an enjoyable mix of contemporary circus and contemporary dance designed specifically to be performed within St George’s Cathedral.

Entering through the main doors of the cathedral, the audience is immediately struck by the incongruous tripod of scaffolding within the ornate Gothic Revival style architecture – a clear indication that a different set of rituals will be observed by Syncope in this religious space. Indeed, this show marks the first time aerial artists have ever performed within the cathedral.

The stars of the show are ten talented artists from professional performance troupe Kinetica, a local circus and performing arts company behind previous Fringe World shows Interplay (2017), Dark Matter (2016) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015). Within Syncope, their aerial stunts are linked by loosely themed acrobatic interludes exploring the relationship between emotions and physiology.

As a whole, Syncope clearly demonstrates the capabilities of the human body as an elegant machine. This is a good reminder for those of us who can barely balance on one leg – let alone do the splits, upside-down in a handstand, while balancing on top of a pile of similarly contorted human bodies.

In one impressive tableau, two performers float and rotate in seemingly zero gravity while each suspended from the scaffolding by a single wrist. Alternately embracing and pushing away from each other, the performers display a touching tenderness and grace while performing this feat of synchronised strength.

Many scenes in Syncope, such as the two artists weaving in and out of a single suspended hoop, prompt the audience to consider both the physical discipline required to make the stunts seem so effortless, and the intimacy involved in rehearsing and perfecting the performances.

The stunning penultimate piece provides an especially symbolic moment within the church; a lone artist writhes up and down his aerial silks with the shadows of his body projecting onto the high walls. In such a unique venue, it would have been great to see the company push such site-specificity a little further.

Unfortunately, there was limited visibility from the back row and a lot of the floor work was lost on those of us furthest from the front. But it was the spectacular aerial tricks that were most anticipated – and those definitely did not disappoint.

‘Syncope’ runs until 3 February 2018.

Top photo: Rebecca McMahon

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