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Quintessential Vienna - Mozart & Strauss in Schönbrunn Palace

Classical music in the palace
Schloss Schönbrunn Konzerte
The Quintessential Vienna Experience
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Heading to Vienna anytime soon? Every evening at 8:30pm, you can enjoy a concert performed by the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra in the very Palace Orangery where Mozart himself played in 1786. The first half of each concert programme will present music from Mozart's operas, and the second will feature music from the operettas of Johann Strauss, including Die Fledermaus, Der Zigeunerbaron, Donauwalzer, and the Radetzkymarsch. Along with the orchestra, you'll be entertained by two opera singers, and two ballet dancers, all in the Baroque splendour that is Schönbrunn Palace.


You can get a package that includes dinner and a palace tour.

Book now at the link.

About The Palace
Schloss Schönbrunn - or Schönbrunn Palace - was the principle summer residence of the Hapsburg rulers, their territories the precursor of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. Located in Hietzing, Vienna, the …

Hip Hop Fusion: DannyDosha - Kelsey 2 (Independent / October 30, 2018)

Hip Hop Fusion:
DannyDosha -  Kelsey 2
(Independent / October 30, 2018)
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Kelsey 2 is a new single from DannyDosha, blending styles and genres for an innovative sound in a crowded field.

Born into a musical family, Baltimore Maryland native DannyDosha, aka Daniel Maurice Barry, has been making hip hop records since the age of nine. An uncle was a hip hop producer, and a cousin worked as a mix engineer. He was listening to Sade and Luther Vandross on vinyl as a child, and was influenced by the hip hop greats of the 1990s. Just seven years ago, he moved out of the studio and taught himself to play guitar, studying jazz, blues, and rock styles.

You can hear a mix of influences on the track, an intriguing mesh of sounds that begins with a simple riff strummed on the guitar in rock minimalist mode. Then, the vocals begin, with Danny and Danielle Lee trading melodic lines. Next, a layer of oddly synched/unsynched rhythm and a moody guitar solo. The combination of flavours …

Piano Pop: Peter Senior - On The Edge (Mandalong Record / September 7 2018) Coming December 7 2018: The Christmas Tree Single

Piano Pop:
Peter Senior - On The Edge
(Mandalong Record / September 7 2018)
Coming December 7 2018: The Christmas Tree Single
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Preorder The Christmas Tree - proceeds going to help Australian farmers hit by drought

With an album just out on September 7, Australian singer songwriter Peter Senior is set to release a new Christmas single on December 7, with the proceedings going to help Australian farmers hit by drought. The new single is a rollicking pop rocker with the kind of flair he displays on the album.

Good times are coming
I saw it in a dream...
(Little Lovin')

Despite its name, On The Edge, the album, is all bright, bouncy piano pop in the vein of a Billy Joel - and with the same mix of pop and rock, with touches of country and Broadway for good measure. He's got an ear for catchy melodies and sparkling arrangements that add an almost theatrical sensibility to the release. Overall, the message is upbeat and empowering.

Peter's been singing at …

Jazz/RnB: Rose Ann Dimalanta Trio - It's Time (Independent / November 16 2018)

Jazz/RnB:
Rose Ann Dimalanta Trio - It's Time
(Independent / November 16 2018)
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The Rose Ann Dimalanta Trio offers up a smooth slice of elegant, soulful jazz and RnB in It's Time, their latest full-length release. Rose Ann's big, beautiful voice is front and centre on the album, as it should be. She's got pipes that are big, but with a velvety finish that adds a rich tone.

The band goes through a number of genres and moods on the album with expert ease. Miles is the second single from the album, a slow and sexy jazzy RnB number. No Goodbyein', the first single, is a dancey electro-pop number with funky shades of classic Prince in the mix.

Forever Day by Day is funky, with interesting jazzy chord progressions, while 10 Miles to Empty ventures farther into jazz territory, with ethereal vocals and a jittery web of layered keyboard tracks underneath.

You don't need to know the band's background to be impressed by their chops, but if you do, …

Recently Released: Geoff Gibbons Shadow of a Stone - Songs of Remembrance (Bluecafe Music / 6 November 2018)

Recently Released:
Geoff Gibbons
Shadow of a Stone - Songs of Remembrance
(Bluecafe Music / 6 November 2018)
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Geoff Gibbons takes folk music back to its roots in this EP, not only when it comes to musical style, but in lyrics that talk about everyday human realities. In this case, that focus turns to the realities of war on a human scale, and a tribute to that sacrifice on the eve of Rembrance Day.

Shadow of a Stone plays an almost military style rhythm against a softer guitar line and soulful vocals. It evokes the wide prairies and a mournful mood while the lyrics are an elegy to the fallen soldier.

Never laid down my life for something I believed
But here, I believe in the world you left to me.

He adds a twangy guitar solo, and it adds to the effect.

Please Remember Me is a classic traditional folk tune with a Celtic infusion of accordion, and an upbeat rhythm. It tells the timeless story of a soldier going off to war, and leaving his loved one behi…

Acoustic Roots: Twisted Oak - Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes EP (Independent / September 21 2018)

Acoustic Roots:
Twisted Oak - Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes EP
(Independent / September 21 2018)
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Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes, is a story about moving on from vices. Both cold coffee and half smoked cigarettes are what would be left behind if someone had decided to rid themselves of physical addictions such as caffeine and nicotine. This imagery symbolizes the remnants of who that person was, but not what they've become. In the case of the story of the album, we see love as the central vice. Love can build someone up and break someone down, but the most important part of being in love is realizing that it is not ours to have. When we cling to a possessive love, we let it take over us. This album explores different aspects of this learning. (Twisted Oak)

Twisted Oak - aka Matt Batory - mines the singer songwriter territory in a minimalist mode, managing to wring expression and variety out of acoustic rhythm guitar and voca…

Holidays In The City: Seasonal Offerings at the Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto Starting November 16, 2018

Holidays In The City
Seasonal Offerings at the Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto
Starting November 16, 2018· Find Out More
Toronto's Omni King Edward Hotel has been welcoming dignitaries, tourists, travelers, and the citizens of Toronto for more than a century. As the weather gets more and more frightful towards the end of the year, the ornate historic hotel has some holiday specials to help stoke the holiday mood.
Nutcracker Afternoon Tea At Victoria's Restaurant

· Beginning November 16 and available until December 30, Victoria’s restaurant will serve their traditional Nutcracker Tea, inspired by the famous holiday ballet. Cozy up this winter with tea, sweet cheeses, finger sandwiches, pastries and scones.Ffinalized menu offerings to be confirmed soon. $54 per person, Wednesday – Sunday, 1:30-5:00pm
Adult Hot Chocolate At The Consort Bar

· Starting November 21, limited-time adult hot chocolate options will be available at The Consort Bar. You'll find a selection of Adult Hot Cho…

#VisitHaiti Jacmel Is Haiti's Artistic Heart - the Caribbean's Last Undiscovered Jewel

#VisitHaiti
Jacmel Is Haiti's Artistic Heart
the Caribbean's Last Undiscovered Jewel
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Tourists are beginning to rediscover Haiti, the lush tropical nation with a storied history and much to offer.
Jacmel combines a vibrant artistic vibe with the gorgeous tropical weather and lush landscape of the Caribbean, and architecture that is a feast for the eyes, including buildings in tropical colours with iconic gingerbread decorations in white.

The old port city of Jacmel is located in the south coast of Haiti, spread around a 3km long bay. You'll enjoy local cuisine, including plenty of seafood, a thriving local arts and music scene, and a centuries old town centre that has been declared a UNESCO protected historic site.
Just outside the city, you'll find the blue pools they call Bassins-Bleu, fed by the cool waters of the waterfalls to the west. There are a few beaches to choose from, including the Raymond Les Bains, one of the most popula…