Category: Concert Reviews

July 16, 2019 / Concert Reviews

City Recital Hall, July 5 6/10 Sydney finally has a cabaret festival to call its own, rather than just scoffing titbits flicked from Adelaide’s groaning table. But “all-star gala”? I don’t think so. This opening night was more like the sky outside: the odd dazzling star, some paler ones, and…

July 4, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Concert Hall, June 22 8.5/10 Joseph Tawadros gave an equally jokey and insightful musicological lesson when he and his percussionist brother, James, rejoined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra following the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony in G minor (K183). After his oud and James’s req (small tambourine) duetted on a brief…

June 29, 2019 / Concert Reviews

Concert Hall, June 11 8.5/10 Herbie Hancock has restored my faith. For years I’ve despaired that audiences for most concert music idioms have steadily grown older, with players now routinely half the age of their listeners. But Hancock packed the place out with all ages – as he has probably…