Bands tune up for staged battle

MEMBERS of some of the bands battling it out on the peninsula this year weren’t born when the FReeZA program started in 1997. Musicians, bands, duos and solo artists are being invited to enter the an...

Musical mates team up for classics and jazz

UPDATE 13/7/15: JAZZ pianist Allan Zavod has been replaced by Joe Chindamo for the masterclass and concert program at Monash University’s peninsula campus on Sunday 13 September. Chindamo has been de...

Artists all fired up over raku

RAKU firing is a hot topic for a group ceramic artists at Rye. Raku – meaning “enjoyment” – was practiced in Kyoto, Japan, as far back as the 16th century. Vessels produced were used in t...

Students cutting loose

STUDENTS starring in Rosebud Secondary College’s musical production of Footloose had not been born when the original film version came out in 1984, with its timeless themes of teenage angst and rebel...

The Rat Pack are heading to Australia

Direct from Las Vegas and following a sold out tour of the US and the UK, ‘The Rat Pack’ will be making their way to Australia in June.  ‘Frank’ (David deCosta), ‘Dean’ (Johnny Edwards) and ‘Sammy’ (...

Winter Jazz Festival to bring town alive

MAIN St, Mornington, will be abuzz this Queen’s Birthday long weekend with the sights and sounds of the third Mornington Winter Jazz Festival. The four-day celebration of music, art and heritage R...

Music lives on after 50 years

THE award-winning screen musical The Sound of Music, which first charmed audiences in 1965, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Worldwide celebrations to mark the milestone including gala ...

The shows must go on

THE Big O has survived the Big C. Entertainer-at-large John Wells, who regularly performs at venues around the peninsula as Roy Orbison in a tribute show, was stopped in his tracks by a throat cancer...

Before the clearing

AN exhibition by Simon Normand at the Merricks general store explores the Mornington Peninsula as it was before World War I. The artist presents a series of panoramic photographs of places that “show...

The beat goes on

THE beat of African drums may soon be a regular sound at Tootgarook. Amadou Kalissa, who followed in his musician father’s footsteps when growing up in Guinea, West Africa, gave a demonstration of hi...