AuthorJeffrey Anderson

Music: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Reveals New Assistant Conductor

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra has named Gonzalo Farias as its new assistant conductor.

Farias, who won the position through a nationwide audition, is set to oversee between 85 to 90 concerts per year.

“Gonzalo is not only a superb conductor, he is a warm and communicative person who will reach out to our communities and make many friends for the VSO,” said the orchestra’s conductor and music director JoAnn Falletta. “We feel lucky that we have on our team such a brilliant musician and a great advocate for the orchestra.”

Before taking the role, Farias worked with Marin Alsop to hold a conducting fellowship at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Farias also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from the University of Chile, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois.

He will conduct his first VSO gig on Thursday in Virginia Beach, featuring songs from box office hits such as The Incredibles, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End and more.

Event: Top Dog Film Festival, Sydney

Dogs and flicks – what’s not to love?

After its launch last year, the Top Dog Film Festival is coming back this year in Cremorne. The afternoon will be a two-hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people, with a carefully curated program of canine-themed films from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Adult tickets are $25.5, excluding booking fee. For more information and other dates, visit the Top Dog Film Festival’s website.

Sunday, July 15, 3.15pm | Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, 380 Military Road, Cremorne

Event: Still Life Painting Workshop, Sydney

Make the most out of your Sunday with this art workshop.

Peacock Gallery presents Still Life Painting Workshop with Sydney artist and former ARTBAR curator Anney Bounpraseuth. In this class, Bounpraseuth will share her vibrant practice and way of making.

Materials will be provided. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Sunday, June 10, 12.30-2pm | Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn

Music: Dan Sultan Postpones His “Killer” Solo Tour

Singer-songwriter Dan Sultan has put the rest of his Australian tour on hold a day after apologising for his “inexcusable and disrespectful” behaviour at a recent Cairns show.

“Dan’s health and wellbeing is our highest priority at this time and we thank you for your ongoing understanding and support,” the management posted on Sultan’s Facebook page.

“We hope to reschedule the postponed dates once Dan makes a full recovery. While we encourage fans to hold onto their tickets which will be valid for entry to the rescheduled shows, the option to secure a refund is also available via the ticketing outlet or venue from which tickets were purchased.”

Sultan was allegedly intoxicated during his performance on Saturday at Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, with commenters describing the gig as a “sad spectacle” and a “train wreck”, where the musician “butchered” his song “My Kingdom”. In a clip posted on social media, Sultan could also be seen singing out of tune and forgetting the lyrics while covering Britney Spears’s “Baby One More Time”.

“I want to apologise to all of my fans, particularly those who were at the Cairns show on Saturday night,” Sultan said on Monday.

“My behaviour was inexcusable and disrespectful. I’d also like to extend an apology to the staff at Tanks Arts Centre for what occurred. I am taking stock of my personal situation and am seeking professional help.”

5 Seconds of Summer Tops Aria Singles Chart with ‘Youngblood’

5 Seconds of Summer has reached #1 in Aria Singles chart with their new song, breaking the two-year drought of Australian songs on the top spot.

The alt-pop Youngblood is the first local song to rank first in the chart since The Veronicas’ In My Blood in July 2016. It is the lead single of 5SOS’ upcoming album with the same name. The quartet, which was formed during the members’ time at Norwest Christian College, Sydney, spent most of 2017 writing the album.

“Originally Youngblood wasn’t meant to be a single for us, we chose to release that, and you get it when you pre-order the album, which was meant to tie in with Youngblood [the album],” said guitarist Michael Clifford.

“And people just connected with it so much, and it’s such an organic way for a song to happen.”

Last week the band announced its upcoming homecoming tour set for August this year, following the album’s release on June 22.

Event/Exhibition: Meet the Maker: Little Rowan Redhead

Want to learn more about printmaking? Learn from the expert up and close at this workshop.

Australian Design Centre’s Meet the Maker is bringing printmaker Rowan Sivyer from Little Rowan Redhead, an Inner West Sydney painter and printmaker.

Sivyer will give a demonstration of her process of designing, transferring, carving and printing. You can have a go at printmaking with Sivyer sharing her techniques and answering your questions.

The event is free. For more information, visit the Eventbrite page.

Saturday, June 2, 1-3pm | Australian Design Centre, 113-115 William Street, Darlinghurst

Visual Arts: 2018 Archibald Prize Goes to Yvette Coppersmith’s Self-Portrait

Yvette Coppersmith has won the 2018 Archibald Prize for her self-portrait.

The work, titled ‘Self-portrait after George Lambert’, was chosen from among 57 finalists. The decision, made by the Art Gallery of NSW’s board of trustees, was unanimous.

“Yvette is a highly talented young artist who brings a deep and historical understanding of the tradition of contemporary art practice,” said the gallery’s director Michael Brand.

Coppersmith was also a finalist last year with a portrait of Gillian Triggs.

There were 21 self-portraits this year in the prize, a number which Brand said more than doubled the figures of recent years.

The Wynne Prize for landscape painting or figure sculpture went to Yukultji Napangati, while Kaylene Whiskey was awarded the $40,000 Sulman Prize her work ‘Kaylene TV’.

Music: Sydney Composer Receives Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship

A Sydney-based composer has been awarded with the coveted Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship, and is headed for the world’s most prestigious scoring course.

Screen composer Angela Little will undertake a Master of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a highly selective program that admits only 20 students per year. Notable alumni of the screen scoring course include Christophe Beck (Frozen), Bear McCreary (Outlander), James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games) and Marco Beltrami (The Hurt Locker).

“I couldn’t believe it when I received a personal email from Alan Silvestri congratulating me on winning this scholarship!” said Little. “His music affected me deeply from a young age – these are the people you dream of meeting as a film composer.”

Little’s past work included The Clinic and documentary Zach’s Ceremony, which was nominated for a 2017 AACTA Award. Little’s work will also appear in 2018 releases such as Steve Jaggi’s Chocolate Oyster and SBS documentary series How Mad Are You?.

Event/Exhibition: The Blak Markets, Sydney

Looking to find great arts while supporting local artists and Indigenous communities? This is your chance.

The Blak Markets is coming to Redfern for a day filled with Aboriginal arts, craft and foods from local stallholders. Featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and producers, the event will also have performances from Redfern Dance Company’s Aboriginal Performance Group as well as live music and workshops.

For more information, visit the Blak Markets’ Facebook page.

May 27, 8am-2pm | The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, 180 George Street, Redfern

Winners of 2018 Sony World Photography Awards Revealed

British photographer Alys Tomlinson has won the Photographer of the Year prize in the Sony World Photography awards.

Her winning portfolio, ‘Ex-Voto’ featured formal portraiture, large-format landscape and still-lifes of the ‘ex-votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at Christian pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).

© Alys Tomlinson

“Alys Tomlinson is a worthy overall winner for telling a story so beautifully, quietly, and yet with a spiritual power that spoke of her sensitive engagement with the subjects and places that help define pilgrimage,” said Mike Trow, the chair of the judges and former picture editor at British Vogue.

Alongside the prize, Tomlinson also received $25,000 and a set of Sony photography kit.

Canada’s Samuel Bolduc won the Student Photographer of the Year, while Veselin Atanasov was awarded with the Open Photographer of the Year title.

© Samuel Bolduc

Early autumn ( © Veselin Atanasov)

For the complete list and works of the winners, see the World Photography Organisation’s website.