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Concertos on Fire
If you’ve ever wanted to get into classical music, but the idea of sitting in a concert hall listening to Beethoven or Bach isn’t for you, head down to the City Recital Hall on June 7 for a show that will completely change the way you look at concertos. Instead of a concertmaster in front of men and women in their best black tie, this performance will be headlined by Sonja Schebeck, a fire-taming violinist with an interest in fiery acrobatics. This will be a one-night-only performance of two Australian classical music pieces, Maninyas by Ross Edwards and the debut of Tale of the Firebird by Chloe Charody. Maninyas is considered one of Australia’s famous violin concertos, while Charody has worked with Schebeck since 2007 and has composed her piece for this very performance. Schebeck is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, one of the country’s best institutes for classical music, and she has received multiple prizes including the Balmain Sinfonia Concerto Competition and Gisborne International Music Competition. Joining Schebeck onstage will be the Freestyle Orchestra, an international ensemble of musicians who play their instruments while performing circus tricks, acrobatic stunts, dance and physical theatre. Expect fire-breathing viola-players, violinists hanging from silks and human towers complete with a range of string instruments. This is definitely not your average classical music gig. Concertos on Fire is presented by Vivid Music, a part of the Vivid S
The Vivid Climb
If you’re a Sydneysider, loving Vivid comes with the territory. And since the colourful winter festival paints our city in such a spectacular light, it’s well worth the annual visit. But, there’s one thing that can put some off the idea: the crowds. Luckily, BridgeClimb Sydney has come up with a solution for those wanting a more exclusive (and calm) view of the projections and light installations. BridgeClimb Sydney is running their night-time climbs throughout the Vivid festival with a few perks. From May 24-June 15 and for the standard night climb ticket price of $268 for adults and $188 for kids, you’ll get to experience Vivid from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. We’re talking bright lights and colours as far you can see. Imagine seeing the iconic Opera House sails, vibrantly lit up, with an unobstructed vantage point? In groups of no more than 14, you’ll embark on the three-and-a-half hour climb just as the sun goes down. You’ll don your flashing vest and on your way up, enjoy incredible views of the light installations and projections from every angle. Adding to the festival atmosphere, at the very summit of the bridge there will be a flashing '70s disco, complete with light-up dancefloor and retro tunes. You can boogie down while you’re up top, and you’ll be able to keep a short video of your dance moves and a complimentary group shot as souvenirs of your time on top of the world. Don't miss out, bookings are now open on the BridgeClimb Sydney website.
Underground gigs to see in Sydney
You’ve finished up another day on that nine-to-five grind and you’re ready for something a little more exciting to do. May we suggest that you take advantage of the fact you’re already in the city to go and enjoy some great live music? We’ve rounded up a list of eight outstanding yet under-the-radar gigs that are on in late May and early June as part of Vivid XCelerate, Vivid Sydney’s spotlight on emerging musical acts across different genres, which is funded by the City of Sydney. There are dance parties to groove to, cabaret to experience and many other fantastic gigs to find. And as it turns out, going to experience live music can actually boost your productivity in the office and improve your wellbeing day-to-day, as well as in the future.
12 amazing holidays that will earn you Qantas Points to use towards your next one
It’s right about now, towards the middle of working year, that you’re probably craving a getaway. But before you rush to book accommodation on your usual go-to booking platform, stop to consider this: you could be earning Qantas Points for every dollar you spend^ on hotels. And you can use those points to book your next getaway. Qantas Hotels has more than 200,000 hotels to book internationally. They also have a Price Match Guarantee* so you never need to worry about paying more for your stay. So whether you’re taking the family on that dream trip, seeking a romantic retreat for you and your squeeze, celebrating with a group of your besties or living the high life at a hotel that everyone has heard of, book it through Qantas Hotels – and your Qantas Points balance will have the same healthy post-vacation glow as you do.