Roland Peelman
Roland Peelman. Photo © Anthony Browell

A Viennese Whirl

What can a grand old European city tell us about life in Australia today? Roland Peelman chats with Julian Dayabout how new music and First Nations musicians play an essential role in this year’s Vienna-themed Canberra International Music Festival.

My life changed one suburban Melbourne night when Mum popped on a rented VHS tape. A heavy minor chord rang out over a snowy lane, punctuated by a cry. “Mozart! Mozart! Forgive your assassin.” My 12-year-old ears opened wide. I had discovered my new city – Vienna. Never mind that Amadeus was filmed in Prague...