December 2020

Limelight December 2020

The December edition of Limelight is available for subscribers to read online on our website.

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In the Limelight

The buzz around this month’s live performance

Arts industry news and views


The groundbreaking Brazilian festival where every event is free
by Mahima Macchione

The art of bringing new life to literature on stage
by Jane Albert

How cultural rituals have helped humans deal with death
by Carole M. Cusack

An extract from the new book about Wagner and his legacy
by Alex Ross


A Single Voice
by Nick Gordon

Franz Schmidt: Complete Symphonies
by Phillip Scott
Recording of the Month

On the Record
by Clive Paget

Cutting Edge
by Dylan Crismani
New Music

by Kate Predergast

The Father
by Lynden Barber

On Air & Online

Radio and live performances to stream this month

Each month we take a look at the highlights coming up in online streaming as well as on ABC Classic and the independent radio stations ArtSound, Fine Music Sydney, 3MBS, 4MBS and 5MBS.


Quarantine crazy
While spending time in iso, Guy Noble realises he’s not very good at doing nothing – but says it’s worth every minute to be conducting a live concert.
Guy Noble’s Soapbox

The Harp
Playing the harp requires great physical coordination so a performance can be like walking a tightrope. But Alice Giles is exhilarated by its limitless palette of tonal variations.
Playing Up

Extra Content

Even before COVID-19, most music lovers had been accessing Limelight’s content through digital channels. From our October 2020 issue, there will be a substantially enhanced range of content that will only be available online. Only Limelight subscribers will be able to access the full range of content, which will include:

  • Reviews of live performances around Australia, published as soon as possible after the opening performance
  • Daily news from the music and broader performing arts scene in Australia and around the world
  • Up-to-the-minute reviews of recorded performances available through streaming or as CDs, including exclusive reviews of Australian performers and Australian composers as well as visiting international artists
  • Online-only features including artist interviews, composer profiles, festivals, current issues and events
  • Online-only columns by musicians and music experts

This month’s online columns will include:

Composer of the Month
Barbara Strozzi

World Premiere

Rising Star

Art Music Playlist
Cameron Lam

What I’m Listening To

Hidden Talent

Film & Television
Lynden Barber


Jo Litson

Deputy Editor
Angus McPherson

Tristan Main

Clive Paget

Jane Albert, Lynden Barber, Damien Beaumont, Peter Berner, Dylan Crismani, Carole M. Cusack, Alice Giles, Nick Gordon, Mahima Macchione, Guy Noble, Kate Prendergast, Alex Ross, Phillip Scott

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Cara Anderson

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William Jeffery

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The January/February 2021 issue of Limelight will be available online from 21 December. Available in stores from 5 January.