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Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

With a reputation for its youthful vitality and superb artistry, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra plays a central role at the heart of the South Australian community. In 2011, the ASO celebrates its 75th anniversary season under the leadership of Music Director and Chief Conductor Arvo Volmer. It is the largest performing arts organisation in South Australia, each year performing over 100 concerts across a diverse musical spectrum. The ASO also provides the orchestral support for the State Opera of South Australia and Adelaide performances by the Australian Ballet and Opera Australia, and is the most prolific contributor to the biennial Adelaide Festival.

The ASO’s commitment to artistic excellence has also strengthened its reputation within the international community. Following its groundbreaking 1996 tour to China, the ASO won world acclaim in 1998 with Australia’s first production of Wagner’s Ring cycle. This monumental project was repeated in 2004 under the baton of Israeli conductor Asher Fisch. In 2009 the ASO performed at Carnegie Hall, New York as part of the G’Day USA celebrations.

The ASO excels as a dynamic, versatile orchestra, performing with such outstanding artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Burt Bacharach, José Carreras, Tony Bennett, Pinchas Zukerman, Dionne Warwick, Andrea Bocelli, kd lang, Lalo Schifrin, Ben Folds and Herbie Hancock.

The ASO reaches out to all sections of the community with music experiences that are accessible, world class and entertaining.

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‘Vibrant and seductive’ – The Guardian‘Magical’ – Berliner Morgenpost‘Kats-Chernin’s characteristic imaginative space might be likened to an old dance, heard in a surreal dream, interrupted by outbursts of outrageousness.’ – Sydney Morning HeraldABC Classics celebrates the 60th birthday of pre-eminent Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin with a 10CD boxset, bringing together iconic works with pieces recorded especially for this collection.Kats-Chernin is one of the most cosmopolitan composers working today, with a prolific catalogue of works for theatre, ballet, orchestra, chamber ensemble and piano. Her dramatically vivid, brilliantly scored and often propulsive music communicates a mixture of lightheartedness and lingering melancholy, combining strong rhythmic figures with elements of cabaret, tango, ragtime and klezmer.This 10CD collection celebrates more than two decades of iconic recordings, starting with Elena Kats-Chernin’s first album of the ABC Classics label, released in 1996.Tracks include:Wild Swans · Prelude and Cube · Butterflying · Unsent Love Letters · Blue Silence · Variation in a Serious Black Dress · Piano Concerto No. 2 · Mythic · Torque · Re-inventions · Clocks · Cadences, Deviations & Scarlatti · Russian RagPreviously unreleased and newly recorded works include:Displaced Dances · Zoom and Zip · Big Rhap · The Witching Hour · Heaven is Closed · Golden Kitsch · The Three Dancers · The Sunshine Journal · Fleeting Moments · DivaFeaturing the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian World Orchestra, The Idea of North, Gondwana Voices, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Donna Coleman, Amelia Farrugia and many more.The set will be officially launced at Elena Kats-Chernin’s ‘Birthday Bash’, City Recital Hall, Sydney, 4 November 2017. www.cityrecitalhall.com 
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Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas! is sure to get everybody in the festive spirit with songs and carols that will have the whole family singing, dancing, laughing or just plain enjoying! There is a carol medley sing along, some lovely songs about the very first Christmas and some fun numbers all about Santa Claus! Greg Wiggle stops by in Wiggle Town to duet on the old Wiggly classic “Go Santa Go”. There is ballet dancing, reindeer prancing, mistletoe and elves dancing, fast and slow!
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Discover the sparkling musical treasures of old-time Naples, as the new Australian baroque orchestra Van Diemen’s Band presents its debut album – connecting the pristine wilderness and Antarctic gateway of present-day Tasmania with one of eighteenth-century Europe’s greatest sea ports.Recorded in the beautiful acoustics of Government House in Hobart, this album unveils a rich and much-neglected artistic culture, where music flourished in churches, courts and academies. At the centre of the album stands Nicola Fiorenza, a composer and violinist with a famously eccentric and hot-blooded temperament, who played for many years in the Orchestra of the Neapolitan Royal Chapel. His Cello Concertos, four of which are presented here, are by turns urgently virtuosic, stunningly rhapsodic, and almost completely unrepresented in recordings – until now.Musicians from leading early-music orchestras throughout the world gathered in Hobart for these sessions, reflecting the sea-faring cosmopolitanism of Hobart and Naples. Julia Fredersdorff, returned to Australia after many years performing and studying in Europe, is the orchestra’s Artistic Director. The Lake Como-based soloist, Catherine Jones, is one of the most in-demand baroque cellists on the international stage. And the orchestra itself is hand-picked from the most promising players of the new generation as well as the cream of the established crop.Alongside music by Fiorenza, the album features works by other Neapolitan luminaries: a Sinfonia by Alessandro Scarlatti (another by his son, Domenico, is available as a digital bonus), and a Concerto Grosso by Francesco Geminiani, all of which show the irresistible influence of the art form that was popular in Naples at the time – opera.TRACKLISTINGNICOLA FIORENZA (1700–1764)1–4. Cello Concerto in F majorALESSANDRO SCARLATTI (1660–1725)5–8. Sinfonia to ‘Clori, Dorino e Amore’NICOLA FIORENZA9–12. Cello Concerto in B-flat majorFRANCESCO GEMINIANI (1687–1762)13–15. Concerto grosso in E minor, Op. 3 No. 3NICOLA FIORENZA16–19. Cello Concerto in D major (with violetta)20–23. Trio Sonata in B minor24–27. Cello Concerto in D majorCatherine Jones celloVan Diemen’s BandRecorded in Government House, Hobart, 9–13 March 2017
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Classical music opens up a whole new world of imagination and delight. From the majesty of the orchestra to the delicacy of the piano, music helps us to sing, dance and dream. This album is the perfect introduction to the timeless tunes of the great composers, all carefully selected to delight younger listeners and start a journey through the wonderful world of classical music.MP3 READY: The convenience of fewer discs – 10 hours and 160 tracks on just 2 discs! Load them onto your iPod. Play them on your PC. Or enjoy them on your home or car CD player, provided it’s MP3 friendly.Over 10 hours of music and 160 tracks on two MP3 CDs, including the very best of:OrchestraBalletViolinPianoMozartBachBeethovenLullaby
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Four of Australia’s finest singers together on the stage of the Sydney Opera House, in a soaring program that blends the exuberance of the great stage musicals with the passion of grand opera.From Puccini to Rodgers & Hammerstein, from Bizet to Gershwin and from Verdi to Cole Porter, From Broadway to La Scala is a unique concert experience showcasing many of the greatest songs, arias and duets of the last two centuries.Renowned for their charisma, stagecraft and musical versatility, tenor David Hobson and bass baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes join musical theatre star Lisa McCune and the breathtaking soprano Greta Bradman in seamless blend of classical elegance and theatrical glamour.This deluxe edition also includes a special CD album of highlights from the show, recorded in the studio along with three additional tracks: Bring Him Home, Oh What a Beautiful Morning and Nella fantasia.Featuring favourite tunes from:West Side StoryMy Fair LadyCarmenThe Barber of SevilleThe Sound of MusicSouth PacificThe Phantom of the OperaThe Pearl FishersKiss Me KateCrazy for YouCarouselThe King and IGRETA BRADMAN | DAVID HOBSON | LISA McCUNE | TEDDY TAHU RHODESOpera Australia OrchestraVanessa Scammell Musical DirectorTyran Parke Stage DirectorPhil Bathols and Andrew McKinnon ProducersLive show touring nationally November to December 2017 | frombroadwaytolascala.com.au
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Gorgeous tunes and orchestral thrills for the young and young at heart: with a twinkle in her eye, the warm, whimsical and occasionally wicked Miriam Margolyes leads us through an orchestral story-telling extravaganza: matching instruments to their animal counterparts in Prokofiev's timeless classic, Peter and the Wolf; exploring witty vignettes and a dazzling fugue in Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; and magical tales of love and fantasy in Borodin’s Polovstian Dances from Prince Igor.Margolyes is joined by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter in a captivating program filmed live in concert at the 2017 Adelaide Festival – a sell-out performance season that was a crowd-pleaser for young and old. ★★★★☆ “Miriam Margolyes and the ASO are a dream team,their respect and love for orchestral music is infectious.”– Limelight Magazine“Miriam Margolyes was the perfect choice as narrator...She was, as always, utterly captivating.”– Adelaide Now“A fresh and thrilling experience.”– Stage Whispers
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The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returned to the iconic Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in 2017 for its 68th season as it celebrated Splash of Tartan. ABC Classics is proud to announce the Australian release of the Splash of Tartan DVD filmed live from Edinburgh.Welcoming a cast of more than 1,200 performers from all points of the compass, including over 250 pipers and drummers, five United Kingdom military bands drawn from across the three Services, as well as plenty of other surprises along the way – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the greatest shows on earth!This year’s programme paid rich tribute to the UK’s maritime heritage and the Royal Navy in this special year, with HMS Queen Elizabeth now on sea trials and HMS Prince of Wales in build.Also encompassing Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the 2017 Tattoo reflected on Scotland’s links across the globe and showcased some of its finest musical traditions with outstanding performances from the Tattoo Dance Company and the Hjaltibonhoga – The Shetland Fiddlers.Joined by acts from France, the United States, India, and – for the first time ever – Japan, the 68th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, brought cast and audience from all over the world together to celebrate another extraordinary year.
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triple j’s much-loved Like A Version series returns with its 13th volume – featuring a host of local and international artists covering their favourite tunes, aired on triple j brekky with hosts Ben and Liam.This year’s double album features a collection of 38 tracks including DMA’s covering Cher’s ‘Believe’, Holy Holy’s interpretation of Beyonce’s hit ‘Hold Up’ and awesome cover versions from Amy Shark Flume, Alex Lahey, Polish Club, A.B. Original, HAIM and heaps more!Track Listing:CD 1:1. DMA’S – Believe 2. Northeast Party House – Redbone3. HAIM – That Don’t Impress Me Much4. Holy Holy – Hold Up5. Flume – My Boo {Ft. Vince Staples, Kučka, Ngaiire & Vera Blue}6. The Jezabels – If You Go7. Matt Corby – Chains8. Slumberjack – Paperplanes {Ft. K.Flay}9. Violent Soho – Lazy Eye10. Glass Animals – Crazy11. Vallis Alps – New Slang 12. Horrorshow – No Aphrodisiac13. Camp Cope – Maps14. Paul Dempsey – Edge Of Town15. Milky Chance – Like A Bird16. Maggie Rogers – Say Something Loving17. M-Phazes – Weathered {Ft. Ruel}18. PUP – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore19. Alex Lahey – Torn20. Julia Jacklin – SomedayCD 2:1. A.B. Original – Dumb Things {Ft. Paul Kelly}2. Elk Road – Crave You / The Less I Know The Better {Ft. Lisa Mitchell}3. Amy Shark – Miss You Love4. Kingswood – Say My Name5. Ta-ku – Leave (Get Out) {Ft. Wafia}6. Bishop Briggs – Monday7. Polish Club – Never Be Like You8. sleepmakeswaves – Children 9. Emma Louise – Into My Arms10. Margaret Glaspy – Let Me Love You11. Ásgeir – Love$ick12. Birdz – Sunset Dreaming (Djapana Remix)13. Aurora – Teardrop 14. Big Scary – Come As You Are15. Winston Surfshirt – 21 Questions16. Kasabian – Insane In The Brain17. Middle Kids – Don’t Dream It’s Over18. Tash Sultana – Electric Feel
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Since its inception in 1962, The Australian Ballet has had a rich history of capturing its best performances on film. The Heritage Collection compiles some of the greatest of these iconic productions in a deluxe 8 DVD box set – perfect for avid collectors and lovers of ballet alike.The Heritage Collection comprises complete performances from the company during the 1980s and 90s under the artistic leadership of Maina Gielgud, from her very own productions of The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, to Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée – featuring current Australian Ballet Artistic Director David McAllister in the principal role of Colas, alongside one of Australia’s most popular ballerinas, Fiona Tonkin.Featuring:Maina Gielgud’s production of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (1984)Maina Gielgud’s production of GISELLE (1986)Frederick Ashton’s production of LA FILLE MAL GARDÉE (1989)George Ogilvie and Peggy van Praagh’s production of COPPÉLIA (1990)László Seregi’s production of SPARTACUS (1990)Ronald Hynd’s production of THE MERRY WIDOW (1993)Graeme Murphy’s production of NUTCRACKER – THE STORY OF CLARA (1994)Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s production of MANON (1995) 
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The Sydney-via-Brisbane gents have clearly been busy since their 2015 release Come Back All Is Forgiven, which fans waited 16 years for. The Common Touch, far from sounding like a hasty sequel, is a highly polished and expansive affair that explores diverse themes, and is replete with adventurous arrangements.Featuring the classic lineup of frontman David McCormack, drummer Glenn Thompson, bass player Paul Medew and guitarist Matthew Strong, the album was recorded in Leichhardt, Botany and Bexley, mixed in Marrickville and mastered in Ventura California.Says McCormack: “I wrote all my songs for the album in November and December 2016 in a small room in Bexley with only one window. The window faced east. There was not much to look at so lyrically I focused on the tiny little things (a photograph in a drawer/“get well” cards) and the massive big things (the universe/existence/death).“Come Back All Is Forgiven was the sound of us playing together in a small room, minimal overdubs. The new album has cello, pedal steel, piano and a variety of backing singers. Some of the tunes were cut up and stitched back together in ways I never thought possible.”When mixing the album, Thompson realised “…it was truly an evolutionary leap for the band, while still somehow managing to sound exactly the same as before.”
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The album “COMING YOUR WAY” follows on from McAlister’s successful second solo album Black Sky, and brilliant group collaboration and #1 Country Album hit, Adam Brand & the Outlaws.The album see’s Drew enlist the help of LA/Sydney-based producer, Andy Mak from Grove Studios, to achieve a progressive, modern country sound.The title track, “COMING YOUR WAY” is a rousing anthem that inspires and motivates everyone to look brightly into the future.