In 1973 the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy, was invited to tour China.
Nick Galvin is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald
Director Wesley Enoch's first Sydney Festival program has something for everyone. Just like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get as you thumb through the thick festival guide.
Before Javier Pena signed on as a consultant to the hit Netflix TV show Narcos he made one thing very clear to the producers.
Think of it like a piece of theatre – Hamlet, perhaps – is Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani's advice for listeners approaching Beethoven's monumental and famously dense final string quartet, Op 131.
If you don't know much about art and perhaps don't even know what you like, organisers of The Other Art Fair believe they may be able to help.
So that's the last in the series of Komedy Kapers With Donny 'N' Hills and what a season finale it turned out to be.
When pistol-packing virtuoso Vitaly Kruchin decided to take a shot at some Beethoven he was not talking metaphorically.
Ben Mendelsohn has pulled off a shock win at the Emmys, snatching an award from under the noses of redhot Game of Thrones favourites Kit Harington and Peter Dinklage.
The Garden Palace caused a sensation when it was built in 1879.
An elegant and simple premise to guide us through human history.