There is a mind-blowing selection of free music on offer. West Australian Opera will broadcast Puccini’sLa Boheme live from the City of Perth’s Opera in the Park to 11 regional communities across the state. Melbournians are spoilt for choice with a sparkling program to choose from in the Sidney Myer Free Concerts season, while if you happen to be in Hobart, plan your picnic for RACT Symphony under the Stars.
Milky Way: Ballet at the Quarry, another popular summer tradition in Perth, combines dining and contemporary dance under the stars. Tickets will sell out fast for this one.
Bangarra's OUR Land People Stories returns with a mammoth regional tour, visiting Newcastle, Dubbo, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Rockhampton, Mackay and Alice Springs.
As we enter the Year of the Dog, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras celebrate Chinese New Year with a feast of textured sounds, world-class musicians and spectacular music.
More excitement as Shostakovich’s outrageous masterpiece, The Nose, debuts in Australia, performed by Opera Australia in Sydney, while Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s fascinatingPiano Power includes a concerto written for a pianist with one hand, and a piece that was not to be played in the composer’s lifetime.
For popular appeal, look no further than the world premiere performance of WA’s iconic indie rock band Eskimo Joe with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. If 80s and 90s pop is your thing, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will perform George Michael’s greatest works in full symphonic sound, in George Michael: Listen to Your Heart.
For nostalgia of a different kind, let the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra immerse you inThomas Tallis’ England with a program of English masterworks by Tallis and his contemporaries.
Theatre crackles with tension, violence, hilarity and heartbreak this month. Patricia Cornelius uses fact and fiction with searing effect to highlight sexual violence in the AFL inIn the Club, presented by South Australia’s State Theatre Company. Playwright Anna Barnes bases her tale of domestic violence, society and a woman’s fight to survive, on real events and her own experiences.Lethal Indifference is presented by the Sydney Theatre Company. Good Muslim Boy,from Malthouse Theatre draws on Osamah Sami’s award-winning novel and smash hit film,Ali’s Wedding, to reveal his own hilarious and heartbreaking history. Malthouse Theatre’s / Black Swan State Theatre Company’s hugely successfulPicnic at Hanging Rock, described by the Scotsman as ‘So original that no-one who sees it is likely to forget it’, opens at The Barbican in the UK this month.
Here’s to the Year of the Dog.
Australian Major Performing Arts Group