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.
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 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.
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?.
The line-up for Splendour in the Grass 2018 has been released.
Headlined by Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and Vampire Weekend, the line-up also features other big names such as Khalid, Franz Ferdinand, CHVRCHES, Miguel, MGMT, SAFIA, Angus and Julia Stone and many more. They will perform in July over three days at North Byron Parklands for the festival, which is in its 18th year running.
Out of 101 acts announced in the lineup, 43 contain female members. Find the full lineup at the bottom of this post.
Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 19 at 9am. Camping option is also available at the Splendour site. For more information, visit Splendour In The Grass’ website.
Splendour in the Grass 2018 Full Lineup:
Lorde (only AUS show)
Vampire Weekend (only AUS show)
Khalid (only AUS show)
Girl Talk (only AUS show)
Angus & Julia Stone
Gang of Youths
Dune Rats & Friends
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
The Avalanches DJ set
Ball Park Music
Henry Rollins (only AUS show)
The Jungle Giants
Carmada (L D R U & Yahtzel)
Sampa The Great
Albert Hammond Jr
Riton & Kah-Lo
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Alex The Astronaut
Nina Las Vegas
Soccer Mommy (only AUS show)
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Babe Rainbow
Amyl & The Sniffers
Made In Paris
Antony & Cleopatra
triple j Unearthed winners (TBA)
Aussie rock band Jet is coming back with a national tour to celebrate the 15th anniversary of its debut album, Get Born.
Titled Get Re-Born, the tour will go from May to June and cover seven cities: Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.
“We’re really excited to play Get Born in full for the first time ever,” the band said. “The idea of playing this album and celebrating 15 years since began our journey is something that’s very special to us, and we can’t wait to get out there and see old friends again, and meet plenty of new ones as well.”
To kick off the tour, the band played a free gig in Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane on Tuesday.
Get Born sold over 6 million copies, earning the band 8x Platinum in ARIA Charts. The band disbanded in 2012 and reformed back four years later.
To complement the tour, Jet will also release the album Get Born: Live at the Forum in May.
The tour tickets, starting from $69.90, will be released for sale on Monday, March 19, 10am. For more information, visit the LiveNation website.