Cavatina | Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Like many performers this year, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra have postponed the rest of their 2020 season and adapted for online streaming in this COVID-19 world. In collaboration with the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, ARCO presented Cavatina as a live streamed international event performing a program of pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Beethoven’s Ghost | Selby & Friends

Following the success of Let’s Get Personal, Selby & Friends returns with their recorded live concerts in celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven. The global pandemic saw the cancellation of many events commemorating the composer’s 250th birthday but Selby & Friends hope Beethoven’s Ghost will make up for what could have been.

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Let’s Get Personal | Selby & Friends

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With social distancing policies introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in early March, hundreds of performances across the country were cancelled or postponed, creating a barren landscape for the Australian theatre, comedy, music, and dance scenes. The uncertainty has been devastating already but the changing circumstances have pushed some creatives into reimagining their art form. For the concert series Selby & Friends, a re-jig of the Let’s Get Personal program has taken advantage of the endless capabilities available in online recording and broadcasting.

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Coffee and Romance | the Enigma Quartet

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For the first concert of the new Cafe Culture concert series at the Independent Theatre, the Enigma Quartet brought together two Romantic composers for a relaxed European interlude on a chilly Sydney evening.

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The Impressario | Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

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For the outgoing concert of their Chairman of the Board Prof. Richard Kefford AM, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra performed a selection of works from exemplary Romantic composers Mozart and Beethoven as well as an Australian premiere of Franz Anton Eberl to demonstrate their unique historically informed performance philosophy.

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Sydney Mozart Society Concert | Flinders Quartet

To launch their 70th anniversary season, the Sydney Mozart Society invited Flinders Quartet and special guest clarinet player Lloyd Van’t Hoff to perform a piece from Mozart and one from each of his composer contemporaries Schubert and Beethoven.

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The Spooky Men in Concert | The Spooky Men’s Chorale

To begin the Independent Theatre’s new series Sundays, Supper & Song, the much beloved Spooky Men’s Chorale returned for a concert featuring old favourites from their repertoire and selections from their newest album. Described by their spookmeister Stephen Taberner as the “right amount of cheese”, the group’s combination of heart and humour hasn’t gotten old.

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On the Wings of Mantra | Deva Premal & Miten with Manose & the Temple Band

For the last stop of their 2020 Australian tour, Deva Premal and Miten with their guests Manose and the Temple Band arrived in Sydney to spread their message of peace and healing with a rapt audience. Performing a selection of chants and original songs, the group provided a concert high in energy and passion.

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Hans: Like a German | Eternity Playhouse

From the musical heritage of The Sound of Music (one border removed) comes a glittering, shimmying spectacle named Hans. Garbed in lederhosen, leotards, and leopard print, the German diva remixes some pop favourites with a polka twist for a night full of laughter and cheer.

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All for Love | Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra

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For the final concert of the year, Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra invites guests Laurie Liskowski and Cindy Sims for a concert all about love. Including three pieces spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries, the program featured unusual solos for French horn, bassoon, flute and clarinet amongst the other beloved symphony members.

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