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Guide to contemporary music

Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance listings | Contemporary
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Looking back on 2018
Top 10 Living Women Composers
Talking about gender has become more important than ever. According to online showcase/podcast Listening to Ladies, during the 2015–2016 season, the top 89 symphony orchestras in the US dedicated only 2% of their programs to music composed by women. Here, we look at some of the most boundary-pushing female artists working today, from Yoko Ono to Annea Lockwood.
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Accessing the future with Kronos Quartet
“When I was starting out in high school, there was no such thing as African string quartet music”. We speak to David Harrington, founder of the intrepid Kronos Quartet, to discuss the group's Fifty for the Future project, which aims to build a new string quartet repertoire for the 21st century. Find out how the group is helping young string quartets to play Inuit throat music and Egyptian wedding rave.
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BerlinQuartet Week | JACK Quartet I

© Beowulf Sheehan
Macklay, Lachenmann, Sorey
JACK Quartet; Christopher Otto; Austin Wulliman; John Pickford Richards

BrugesPrisoner of the State

Lang: Prisoner of the State
Bochumer Symphoniker; Steven Sloane; Claron McFadden; Alan Oke; Jarrett Ott; Davóne Tines

BergenCarte Blanche: But Then, We'll Disappear (I'd Prefer Not To)

Brault: But Then, We’ll Disappear (I’d Prefer Not To)
Frédérick Gravel; Carte Blanche; Indrani Balgobin
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Amazing Breaking the Waves: Scottish Opera at the Adelaide Festival

Sydney Mancasola (Bess) © Andrew Beveridge

Breaking the Waves is a remarkable opera. Scottish Opera has brought a thrilling cast, orchestra and team to Adelaide, and its audiences are all the richer for it.

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Junior Ballett Zürich shines in three creations

Emma Antrobus and Gary Solan in Wounded © Gregory Batardon
Three different and highly-spirited works, each choreographed for the Junior Ballett Zürich, were recently performed at the city’s opera house.
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Final Edition for the Richard Alston Dance Company

Elly Braund and Nicholas Shikkis in Voices and Light Footsteps © Chris Nash
The final full stop for a much-loved company
****1
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