Bach, Aranda Way

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Australian culture, Dramatizing the world's music, Music and film, Music articles, My blog, Strehlow, Words

In honour of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir’s forthcoming concerts in Washington, and in honour of their recent film, The Song Keepers,  I re-publish this 2003 article about the premiere of Journey to Horseshoe Bend, which featured one of their predecessor organizations, the Ntaria Ladies Choir. (Please be advised that this article may contain […]

Some reflections on The Kid

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in American culture, Dramatizing the world's music, Loving Oz and the US, Music and film, My blog, Uncategorized

We’ve been down to Olvera Street in Downtown many times. Historically, it’s important as the site of the original Los Angeles pueblo. The oldest house in the city is there – the Avila Adobe (1818). But recently we noticed a make-shift sign next to a doorway. It pointed out that thousands of people pass this […]

To the future which might sustain the (orchestral) past

Posted on 1 CommentPosted in American culture, Music and film, Music articles, My blog, Program notes

Writer Bob Gale was visiting his family home in Missouri. In the basement he found an old High School Yearbook photo of his father. The discovery set Gale wondering: would he and his father have been friends if they’d gone to school together? With that, Gale came up with the idea of a teenager travelling […]

Should it be an opera? (or should a biography be a film?)

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in Australian culture, Journey to Horseshoe Bend, Music and film, My blog, Opera articles, Strehlow, The power of the libretto, Uncategorized, Words

Should it be an opera? (or should a biography be a film?) – transcript of a talk given to the Strehlow conference ‘Where do we go from here’?’ Sep 24, 2014 Should it be an opera? – dramatising the Strehlow story The details of T.G.H. Strehlow’s life provide immense opportunities for dramatically illuminating Aboriginal/European relations […]

Raiders of the Lost Ark – The Return of the Great Adventure

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in American culture, Dramatizing the world's music, Music articles, My blog, Program notes

In 1981, when Raiders of the Lost Ark came out, I remember the American personnel of the military base near Alice Springs where I then lived, raving about this new film – ‘just when things can’t get any stickier for the hero, they [the film-makers] make things worse. It’s like those serials we used to […]

Letter from LA

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in American culture, Music articles, My blog, Observations, Podium articles

Letter from LA Some things I have discovered since the last time I posted: In the same period that I began reading Kevin Starr’s series of Californian histories and continued my usual round of musical and other activities, I also finally visited Yosemite and the gold country and other Californian sights. As Kate and I, […]

A Different Geography – how a classical musician learnt from Thalberg

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in American culture, Dramatizing the world's music, Music and film, Music articles, My blog, Podium articles

When I moved to Sydney in 1987 I got to know the harbour city by memorizing its coves and bays. In Los Angeles since 2013, I’ve memorized where the studios are located. After all, locals often think of Los Angeles and Hollywood synonymously. Paramount is only a $10 cab fare away; Warner Bros is in […]

Orchestras in our time and place

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in American culture, My blog, Podium articles

Orchestras in our time and place: the League of American Orchestras’ conference, Seattle, 2014 League of American Orchestra conferences are inspirational affairs. It’s not just the wealth of sessions or the chance to hear orchestras and ensembles you might not otherwise hear; it’s the chance to run into colleagues, including former employees of Australian orchestras […]

A Culture in Exile – Classical musicians in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s

Posted on Leave a commentPosted in American culture, Music articles, My blog, Podium articles, The European artists in Golden Years Hollywood - a mini-series?

A Culture in Exile – Classical musicians in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s A number of times over the past few years, the contemporary German film director Werner Herzog has described Los Angeles as the most culturally substantial city in the United States. It’s why he and his wife decided to move here he […]