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Bach: An Easter Casualty On Public Radio

Graham Strahle · April 26, 2017

So Bach’s two Passions and Easter Oratorio failed to get a traditional airing over the Easter weekend on national public radio, and instead ABC Classic FM chose to play a three-day marathon entitled ‘Russia; Romance and Revolution’.…

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Uproar Over Claims That Teaching Music Notation is Elitist

Graham Strahle · April 10, 2017

Several Australian music academics, teachers and performers have added their names to a letter protesting against an article in The Guardian that says teaching musical notation is elitist. Charlotte C Gill, in ‘Music education is now only for the white and wealthy’, has claimed that “music has always been taught in a far too academic way” to children, with too much emphasis on acquiring musical literacy at the expense of creativity.…

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Marketing Classical Music to Millennials: Challenges and Some Answers

Graham Strahle · March 27, 2017

It has become axiomatic for orchestras the world over: faced with aging audiences, they need to market themselves to young people to ensure their survival. At Music Australia, we have reported on a number of initiatives from the classical sector both in this country and overseas – such as new and edgier programming, different styles of venue, and embracing social media – that are aimed toward this objective.…

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Is There Scope For An Indigenous Orchestra in Australia?

Graham Strahle · March 27, 2017

Could we see an orchestra of Aboriginal musicians start up one day in Australia? The question is prompted by the founding of Orchestra Noir, an all-African-American orchestra in Atlanta, USA. It seeks to raise “the invisible curtain” and bring “classical music to diverse, younger audiences that is relevant and respectful of their community”.…

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Singing in Tune: It’s Really About Musical Exposure and Confidence

Graham Strahle · March 13, 2017

Is the inability to sing in tune something people are born with, and can it be helped by taking singing lessons? The subject of tone-deafness has come up again of late, with two ABC Radio programs (on Life Matters and All In The Mind) suggesting that many people mistakenly assume they can’t sing and think they have this disorder when in fact they don’t.…

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Crossing the Classical Divide: The Ten Tenors

Graham Strahle · March 13, 2017

‘Classical crossover’ is a music industry tag that is applied to artists who combine different genres, typically in order to go mainstream. Popera groups Il Divo, Amici Forever and the electric string quartet Bond show just how massively successful such artists can be in commercial terms – Il Divo’s sales of over 12 million albums worldwide place them in the same league as Led Zeppelin II, Def Leppard’s Hysteria or Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, for example.…

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