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A PECULIAR RIVER

Pompey Bum, who works for Mistress Overdone as a pimp, but disguises his profession by describing himself as a mere “tapster” (the equivalent of a modern bartender), avers to the imprisonment of Claudio and outrageously explains Claudio’s abhorrent sexual crime against a woman as “Groping for trouts in a peculiar river.”

“A PECULIAR RIVER” was beautifully adapted by Emma Willis, the author of the recent FSTC production of “An Unexpected Execution”. This dark comedy features a superb cast, and provides a fast paced and very entertaining night of live theatre, directed with style and panache by Roz Riley.

The source material for “A PECULIAR RIVER” is one of the very rarely performed problem plays as written by William Shakespeare, that is believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604, that for any audience, always needs to be adapted to make sense of the mess that is the raw script for MEASURE FOR MEASURE.

Claudio is arrested by Lord Angelo, who has been appointed by The Duke as the temporary leader of Vienna. Angelo is left in charge by The Duke, Vincentio, who deliberately pretends to leave Vienna. However The Duke has chosen to be a stalker by dressing-up as Friar Lodowick to observe the fresh intrigues and the machinations caused by his absence. The story unfolds concerning what will happen to Claudio.                                     Continue reading A PECULIAR RIVER

The Acacia Quartet: Five Chapters Concert @ The Australian Hall

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The very hip Acacia Quartet celebrated their fifth birthday with a wonderful concert. The audience serenaded the quartet with a loud and rousing vocal rendition of “Happy Birthday To You”, an old classic by Patty and Mildred J. Hill  from Warner/Chappell Music.

The evening of classical ear-candy began with “Untitled”, composed by Lyle Chan. This was its world premiere performance.

Next was Elena Kats-Chernin’s “Five Chapters” composed for piano quintet, in a new arrangement prepared for guest pianist, Tamara Anna Cislowska. This represented the longest piece of the first half- just under a half an hour long. Continue reading The Acacia Quartet: Five Chapters Concert @ The Australian Hall

Met Concert #1 @ Eugene Goossens Hall

Guest violinist Lisa Stewart gave an exciting performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Guest violinist Lisa Stewart gave an exciting performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

The TMO’s  Met Concert #1 was stunning! This first concert in the 2015 season contained a challenging programme of very well-known works from the Baroque and Classical eras. These challenges were met by the soloists, orchestra and conductor Sarah-Grace Williams with discipline, energy, artistry and genuine enthusiastic music-making. If this concert is an indication of what is to emerge from TMO in 2015, then its audiences are in for quite a year.

As in many previous Met Concert series, the format included works highlighting one of the orchestra’s principals and also a guest artist. TMO strings were showcased in both chamber music and string orchestra contexts. The string orchestra was augmented and inspired by the talented Australian violinist Lisa Stewart.

TMO Principal Clarinetist Andrew Doyle presented us with a fine Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K 581 with well-balanced playing from the TMO’s string quartet featuring Nataliya Lukich, Christina Ong, Luke Spicer and Steve Meyer. Continue reading Met Concert #1 @ Eugene Goossens Hall