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Rosalind Appleby
music journalist, author
music journalist, author

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Freeze Frame debuts with nineties grunge La Boheme
I just had to squeeze in one more review this month to make sure everyone heard about the debut opera by Freeze Frame Opera . WA’s new opera company promises to be to opera what 20/20 is to cricket: shaking up the opera experience with shorter, more accessi...

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Trouble in Tahiti up close and personal in Perth's western suburbs
There was a moment on entering Lost and Found’s production of Bernstein’s Trouble and Tahiti when I hesitated. I was walking through a stranger’s house and instinctively turned to greet Dinah in the kitchen preparing breakfast. Then I remembered this was ju...

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Women of Note at Bassendean Library and RTRFM
The public speaking gigs just keep rolling in and I'm loving it! Bassendean Library have asked me to present at their Literary Salon on Wednesday 17th May - think musical soiree with High Tea, stunning music and scandalous stories from Australia's women com...

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The surprise highlight of the St George's Cathedral Choral Classics
St George’s Cathedral was strung with microphones for the first of four concerts throughout the year which will be broadcast on ABC Classic FM. It’s a testimony to director Joseph Nolan and the Cathedral Consort’s national reputation as a world class choir ...

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May Gig Guide - A massive month!
Welcome to May and a massive month of gigs. The focus this month appears to be new music, kicking off with the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble who are currently giving a national tour. They perform a program of Russian composers and a new work by Aussie ...

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Celebrity Soft Spot Shuan Hern Lee
Shuan Hern Lee's life with music began when he was two years old. Now at age 14 the pianist, composer and singer is studying a voice degree at the University of Western Australia. Last year he made his debut with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and w...

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Asher Fisch and WASO: what is the magic formula?
It's Friday morning and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra  are in rehearsal. Principal conductor Asher Fisch arrives at the podium and picks up his baton, which has been accessorised with a ping pong ball. He holds it up for the orchestra to see and jo...

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Celebrity Soft Spot William Yeoman
William Yeoman is Literary Editor and arts writer at The West Australian newspaper.  His widely respected views on music can be read in Limelight and Gramophone magazines. Behind his dignified persona is a yoga-loving guitarist whose love of the arts is suc...

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International new music legends in Perth
First we had the American all-stars Eighth Blackbird, now we have the Russians and the Brits! It is an exciting time over the next few weeks as Perth welcomes some of the legends of the international new music scene. British experimental musician and filmma...

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Wood meets Metal in a night of Aussie/German percussion theatre
I managed to snap a selfie with composer Kate Neal last night at the world premiere of her work Never Tilt a Chair . The work sat most satisfyingly alongside Mauricio Kagel's iconic Dressur which was receiving it's long-overdue Australian premiere. with com...
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