Join 3600 talented singers and dancers, and musicians aged 5 to 18, from NSW public schools, as they take over Sydney's Entertainment Centre to present a school musical extravaganza of epic proportions.
No other piece of music has ever been interpreted, arranged or released as often as La Paloma. From Richard Tauber to Pavarotti, from Elvis Presley to Dean Martin, from Mariachi to Sinti, La Paloma is the grande dame of pop music. But her soul, her melody, has always retained its spirit.
An ensemble cast from the New York City ballet performs an updated, and dramatically scripted version of Robbins' 1958 'ballet in sneakers' against a backdrop of urban New York settings. The addition of a plotline, multi-camera photography and jump-cut editing, brings this cool, energetic dance piece up-to-date in a startling fashion. A 10-minute documentary after the performance charts the progression of the latest production and looks back at how the original performances wowed audiences around the world.
The Chinese pianist Lang Lang is considered the world's No.1 classical music star. This program links him and his piano hero, Frank Liszt. Both men made their childhood dreams come true and became the greatest musicians of their time.
The documentary follows Karim Said, from Amman, whose outstanding musical talent was discovered by his mother as well as his piano teacher, Ms Bashir from Russia, at the age of five. Ms Bashir decided to try her "prodigy program" on Karim, and was delighted with the result.
This award-winning, uplifting feature-length documentary chronicles the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth, Texas. The competition is held every four years and 75 contestants are selected to perform in three elimination rounds.
Ballarat's Sweet Mona's Choir was initially formed in 1996 by Verity Higgins as a student choir to teach singing as an approach to teaching voice skills in a performing arts course. Today the Sweet Mona's Choir is one of Victoria's leading and most renowned community choirs and has become an embodiment of the remarkable power of community art.
Of the 20th century's composers and performers of classical music, the life of Canadian pianist Glenn Gould is one of the most frequently documented. Since his death in 1982, dozens of books, essays, television programs and films have evaluated his legacy.
Morgan Freeman continues his showcase of the development of American blues music, taking up the story with the 1960s musicians from across the world who blended and melded it with thumping electric rock to produce new sounds.
David Bowie performs at Dublin's Point Theatre as part of a worldwide tour in support of his Reality album. The setlist includes tracks spanning Bowie's career, including The Man Who Sold the World, Five Years, and Hang on to Yourself, which he hadn't played live in more than 20 years.
Daniel Barenboim is a political and pop culture icon who conducts some of the world's most famous orchestras. This special follows his concert series, Beethoven For All, where he travels the world bringing Beethoven's music to the masses.
A cultural history of Italian popular songs, from Volare and O Sole Mio in the heyday of the '50s and '60s, through to the 'pop tenors', Pavarotti and Bocelli. Some of the most famous Italian singers and composers from the '60s and '70s provide the commentary for the program.
2010 marked the 200th anniversary the bicentenary of the great composer Chopin's birth and in a fitting celebration the SBS Youth Orchestra presents a very special tribute to both Chopin's work and his far-reaching influence on music and musicians.
Edgar's Indian journey ends up in India's capital city Delhi, where he explores the vibrant underground music scene. He connects with Rabbi Shergill, the Sikh music star who blends the revolutionary spirit of John Lennon with Indian pop. Edgar visits the rehearsal space of Indian Ocean, India's counterpart to the Grateful Dead, who have been performing their compelling fusion of ancient Indian roots music with modern grooves for nearly 20 years. Edgar also meets up with the East India Company, an up-and-coming collective that modernizes folk music with electronics and funky beats. The Delhi music tour ends up with a DJ set featuring Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale in one of India's hippest nightclubs.
This episode sees the Music Voyager team delving deeper into the Georgian heartlands, where spirituals, gospel and the blues laid the foundation for American popular music. We start in Albany with Miss Rutha Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers that marched with Martin Luther King Jr to Washington DC. Every second Saturday, Ms Harris still assembles her fellow Freedom Singers and new voices from the next generation to join in song to keep the spirit of freedom alive. Next we head to Columbus and the house of Ma Rainy 'The Mother of the Blues'. Her colourful story is just one of many enriching experiences on this journey to where it all began.
An existing style of music is used as the starting point for composition in this program. The students are taken through a composition process that involves putting four beat metre to lyrics, developing non - melodic percussion accompaniments, and structuring a performance.
This program looks at the different song writing processes of three groups; one a professional rock group and two groups of young musicians just "starting out." It follows them from the initial trigger or idea for their songs, through the choices they make, the setbacks and changes, to the final performance of their work.
A fascinating curio from 1969 that features nine of Bowie's songs, including Love You Till Tuesday, Sell Me A Coat, When I'm Five, Rubber Band, The Mask, Let Me Sleep Beside You, Ching-A-Ling, Space Oddity and When I Live My Dream.
Pianist Lang Lang takes us on a journey through his homeland, playing both the traditional and contemporary music of China. This special discovers the unexplored richness of Chinese music, and how Lang Lang incorporates it into his own cosmopolitan view of music.
Having created a choir in the Hertfordshire housing estate of South Oxhey, choirmaster Gareth Malone sets out to take it places. South Oxhey suffers from a poor reputation in surrounding neighbourhoods but Gareth believes his choir can hold its own among Hertfordshire's best.
Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director of the ACO, had always wanted to collaborate with a visual artist. But which one? He wanted to create a spellbinding event, not just a soundtrack, through the combination of sound and vision. Then he saw the work of Bill Henson and Luminous was born.
On tonight's episode of Spectacle, Elvis hopes to build a band by inviting Levon Helm, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint on stage. Singer songwriter and electric guitar player Richard Thompson, grew up listening to folk music. He reflects on the influence it had on him before performing Shoot Out The Lights. New Orleans piano player Allen Toussaint, explains why the piano is such an integral part to any band and how his home town is so important to his music. At Elvis's request, he plays his classic song Holy Cow.
Part nine of Classical Destinations looks at the careers of Bach and Mendelssohn. In today's episode, Niki performs part of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and we visit the Schott publishing house in the city of Mainz to learn the craft of music engraving and look at the original manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
Part twelve of Classical Destinations follows Beethoven's troubled early life in his birthplace of Bonn, near which descendents of his family still live and work as winemakers. Then to an indisputably modern city: Berlin, home to one of the world's greatest orchestras.
Star tenor Rolando Villazon goes on the trail of the story behind what is, arguably, the greatest opera ever written, Don Giovanni by Mozart. Rolando returns to the theatre in Prague where the premiere was performed and attempts to put together a recreation of the first night, where the composer, audience and cast unite for a unique historical event. Villazon talks about how his own love of opera was formed and examines how it was performed and received by audiences in the eighteenth century. The resulting film will provide a rich insight into every aspect of the performance, from the musicians and singers to the outfits worn by the audience and the price and business of selling tickets.
Join Simon Callow and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for an exploration of Europe's most famous composers and the cities in which they lived. Simon takes us through Handel's house in London where he wrote Messiah and other masterpieces before taking a side trip to Dublin to explore the premiere of Messiah in the Irish capital. Returning to London we hear of his charitable work with the Foundling Hospital before Simon closes in Westminster Abbey where the great man is buried. The Australian Chamber Orchestra performs Handel's Concerto Grosso.
Director Phil Grabsky explores the life one of the world's most revered musicians, Fredric Chopin. The story is told through Chopin's music, letters and biographies. Performances by world-leading performers and the views of internationally renowned musicologists embellish the profile, exposing nuances of the composer's life and works, never before revealed.
Experience the angelic voices and inspiring music of Celtic Woman in this extraordinary stage show, which celebrates the Emerald Isles' spellbinding musical and cultural heritage, combining traditional Irish anthems and pop standards.
ABBA In Concert was shot in 1979, mainly at London's Wembley Arena. The band play their biggest hits in front of a passionate crowd. Featured songs include: Waterloo, Take a Chance on Me, Voulez-Vous, Chiquitita, I Have a Dream, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Knowing Me Knowing You, Summernight City, Dancing Queen, Does Your Mother Know, and Hole in Your Soul.
In this new series, renowned historian Dr David Starkey reveals how the story of British music was shaped by its monarchy. While exploring what the monarchy has done for music, David Starkey also shows what music has done for the monarchy. In this first episode he begins with kings who were also composers - Henry V and Henry VIII - and the "golden age" of English music they presided over.
Four internationally-renowned artists each present an operatic work, from Puccini and Strauss to Mozart and Bizet and recount their personal interpretation of the score. Each presenter shares a rare backstage pass into how an opera is produced.
Celebrated jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist, Madeleine Peyroux reinterprets songs from Ray Charles' seminal album Modern Sounds in Country And Western Music, as well as other songs from legendary artists such as Randy Newman, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles and Warren Zevon.
At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in the US, with a weekly primetime show acknowledging his unique natural talent. Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story is told of the man whose charm and genius for performance made him a role model and a pinnacle of American cultural society.
The world's only Ice Music Festival is held in Geilo, Norway. All the instruments are created from wild, lake ice, the only sort which can resonate and "sing", the stage and auditorium are also sculpted from ice and snow. Through a combination of patience and technical prowess, instruments are created which make extraordinary, mystical sounds that reflect the natural landscape in which they were created.
Australian-born Duncan Gifford left Australia to pursue his dream of studying under one of the great piano teachers, Lev Vlasenko, in Moscow. Now, on his return, he recounts his time in Moscow, and performs the challenging First Piano Concerto of Prokofiev with the SBS Youth Orchestra.
One of the most intelligent writers and singers of his time, Elvis Costello's output has ranged from punk through to jazz and classical. Discover the man behind the mask in the first ever intimate profile of this legendary performer.
Encourage your students to develop their musical skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music, including dynamic, pitch and rhythm with this collection. (ACAMUM080, ACAMUM084, ACAMUM088, VCAMUR020, VCAMUR024, VCAMUR028, VCAMUR032)