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Do you love intelligent banter and feisty, challenging discussion? Join us for the St James Ethics Centre 1Q2 2015 debate series, where the pressing issues of our time – everything from politics to sex to the state of the environment - will be contested by some of the biggest names in Australian politics, journalism, academia and the arts. Alumni of the debates include: Peter Singer, Philip Nitschke, Annabel Crabb, Penny Wong, Marcia Langton, Clover Moore, Anne Summers, David Marr, Bob Brown, Philip Ruddock, Tom Keneally, Eva Cox, John Hewson, Rev Peter Jensen, Larissa Behrendt and many more. A 2015 subscription will save you a seat at to all five debates throughout the year.
Adam Goodes, sporting legend and veteran of 350 games for the Sydney Swans, 2014 Australian of the Year and an inspiring young Australian leader on the sporting field and beyond will talk to Anne Summers about the influences on his life. ‘If I’m only defined by my sport, I really have failed,’ he has said. Adam champions three issues: preventing violence against women, stopping racism and ensuring Indigenous Australians obtain constitutional recognition. It promises to be a special and rare night. With audience Q&A One night only. With thanks to major sponsors EY.
Originally the prelude was a warm-up piece. But by the time you get to Chopin and Scriabin, the prelude was an art form in its own right. Chopin’s preludes each paint a picture – the “Raindrop” is the most famous. Louis Lortie brings them together, with Fauré’s intimate and dreamy preludes to warm us to the theme.
Blending solo artistry with chamber music panache, this program has it all for lovers of great music in all its intimate guises. Kathryn Selby invites the brilliant Finnish violinist Vesa-Matti Leppänen back to join her in a performance of the gorgeous Franck Violin Sonata, and the new Co-Principal Cellist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Umberto Clerici, joins her with one of Beethoven’s last cello sonatas to continue our collaboration of Beethoven’s chamber music with ABC Classic FM.