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The 2019 Aria awards saw the quartet ‘Human Nature’ being inducted into the Arias Hall Of Fame.

The Red Carpet that preceded the induction ceremony and the presentation of awards saw the majority of women opting for glamour and style whilst some of the men opted for the punk rocker style, often associated with contemporary popular music.

Jessica Mauboy stepped out onto the Carpet with her partner, the Veronicas-Lisa and Jessica Origliaso– made a welcome return to the Media Wall snd there was a surprise appearance by the television puppet Aggro carried by his producer Jamie Dunn whilst Matt Okine and Alex Dyson carried on their annual tradition of wearing silly costumes.

Guy Sebastian hosted the Arias and won two awards himself. Other winners included the Teskey Brothers, Morgan Evans, with a special award going to veteran music entrepreneur, Michael Chugg, who won the Aria Icon award, for his promotion of Australian music.

Paul Kelly added the ARIA for Best Adult Contemporary Album to his Fine Art ARIA for Best Classical Album which he shares with James Ledger.

Other Aria winners included Dean Lewis who won Aria’s Album Of The Year for his album ‘A Place We Knew’

The big winner, however, was ‘Tones and I ‘who won four Aria awards.

Toni Watson was busking in Byron bay a year ago when she decided to put a few of her tunes including ‘Dance Monkey’ on . the internet.

‘Dance Monkey’ went viral and hundreds of thousands downloads worldwide made her an instant star.

Special guests included Dua Lipa and Halsey.

Who knows who will be the big stars of next year and who will be inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame?!

Featured image: Human Nature. All photos by Ben Apfelbaum.














This very exciting concert blended world premieres and nineteenth century Romanticism in a program of six relatively short works.

The program featured performances by three soloists – violinists Satu Vanska and Glenn Christensen and cellist Timo-Veikko Valve.

Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Andante (for her 1931 String Quartet) opened the concert. It began slowly almost eerily with sharp, spiky, dissonant, shimmering strings. The piece was intense and atmospheric and filled with moments of calm and jarring disharmony. The ACO’s renowned precision for detail was on show in terms of phrasing, articulation and the ability to keep body movement to a minimum.

Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for two violins and cello with a glittering, crisp and precise performance displayed the ACO’s ability to be vigorous and exact, particularly in the opening movement. After a soft, rather tentative and slow start, the piece turned into something quite  tempestuous, though one section sounded like delicate raindrops. Continue reading ACO SOLOISTS TAKE CENTRE STAGE @ CITY RECITAL HALL