Evoke | Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

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For a program inspired to evoke, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra paired two Romantic European composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Adolf Berwald for a performance of three of their early 19th century pieces. Rather than evoking drama or great action, these quieter and more reserved compositions are about great emotions, sombre moments, and pretty rhythms.

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Not Today | Rogue Projects

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been an incredibly challenging experience and, for a lot of young people especially, the crisis also compounded other fears about employment, climate change, and the general confusion of figuring out who you are. In Not Today, Ally Morgan explores her mid-20s with a new original song cycle.

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Nordic Noir: Phantasy & Fugue | Endangered Productions

Endangered Productions is a new Sydney-based music theatre company dedicated to bringing together artists of all experiences and abilities to perform overlooked theatre pieces. After a sell-out run in 2020, their program from the far north Nordic Noir returns with its Norwegian stories both old and new.

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Dances of Passion | The Song Company

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The classroom is a powerful space for its connections to knowledge, growth, and freedom. In Dances of Passion, the Song Company uses the classroom as an arena for youthful innocence, or ignorance, and the students’ engagement with critical lessons on life and love in three composers’ works.

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Exotic Strudel | Selby & Friends

Kathryn Selby welcomes audiences back to her Selby & Friends concert series for 2021 with a mish-mash program of piano trios. Named after the strudels of Selby’s childhood with various unnameable but delicious ingredients, Exotic Strudel takes an eclectic approach to the early 20th century.

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Illuminate: Bruch, Britten & Tchaikovsky | Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

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For the first in-person concert from Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in nearly a year, the strings performed a selection of European pieces from the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries with shared themes of beauty and folk influences. Set between World War I and World War II, the program captures a continent holding its breath.

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A Final Offering | Selby & Friends

To round out the year of online performances, Selby & Friends presents their final concert consisting of pieces composed as the “last of” the respective forms for each composer. From Schubert to Schumann, A Final Offering takes on the highs and lowest lows in tone and inspiration.

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Table for Six, Please! | Riverside Theatres Digital

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We’ve all heard about the dinner and a show night out but what about dinner as a show? Table for Six, Please! brings together some of Australia’s best female musical theatre talent for a celebration of standout leading lady characters from across the decades. From Elphaba to Velma to Muriel and Rhonda, there was bound to be a favourite number for everyone in this line-up.

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Elysian Fields’s Fika Album Launch | Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival

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The launch of Elysian Fields’s second studio album was delayed from earlier this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, which allowed the group to coincide their launch event with the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival. Fika is an album about precious time spent with family and friends and it builds on Elysian Fields’s strong Scandinavian influences.

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An Enchanted Evening | Riverside Theatres Digital

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Two of Australia’s leading performers come together for an evening of romance and reminiscing. Combining numbers from world renowned operas and musicals, An Enchanted Evening offered a night of reprieve from this challenging year.

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