CD Reviews Contemporary Music
The American composer George Walker lived a long life, passing in 2018 at the age of 96. Only in his later life did Walker receive the acclaim that his talents deserved, and it was in 1996 that he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, the first African American to receive the award.
Emerging Artist Program News and Events
The National Final of the 2023 Young Virtuoso of the Year Award was held at the 4MBS Classic FM Performance Studio in Brisbane on Friday 17 November. The five extremely talented finalists all performed brilliantly, each wowing the audience in the intimate venue.
CD Reviews Contemporary Music Paul Cooke
I had the good fortune to attend a live multimedia presentation of Life on Land’s Edge at the Newcastle Music Festival earlier this year – but while the visual component was impressive, the musical content was well able to stand alone.
Barry O'Sullivan Jazz
Simone Waddell is one of Australia’s top contemporary jazz artists performing jazz, soul, and funk-infused with groove. She was the first Australian to win a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston USA and after completing her music degree, she has continued her career internationally in Asia, Europe, and Australia, performing at countless top venues, both solo and with world-class musicians.
Classical Magazine program previews
When we think of wartime music, popular songs such as The White Cliffs of Dover and Do your balls (ears in the sanitised version) hang low? come to mind. Between WWI and WWII, patriotic anthems, classical music, swing, and jazz, sounded in the music halls, muddy trenches, and later, radio broadcasts.
Classical Fine Music Showcase Jazz Program Highlights
2MBS Fine Music Sydney’s final Showcase of the year was broadcast on SUnday 12th, with a spectacular batch of performers,including Alexander Yau (piano), jazz pianist Kevin Hunt, The Barayagal Choir, Maria Lopes (vocals), duo Maria Lindsay (violin) and Josephine Allan (piano). Listen Anytime to these remarkable performances.
Classical News and Events On This Day
On 11 November, we remember the more than 100,000 Australians who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving our nation in World War I, and the conflicts that have followed. We respect and honour those who have served and continue to serve. 2MBS Fine Music Sydney aired a special program in remembrance, which is available for replay.
Classical Contemporary Music Fine Music Magazine James Nightingale Magazine
Born in October 1923, Don Banks grew up in a family surrounded by musical instruments and jazz. His father played in bands with jazz legends Roger and Graeme Bell, the same bands that he would himself play in as he grew up. This beginning to his musical education established the pattern of curiosity and experimentation that would be central to his work.