Gracious in their Success

As their compatriots continue to climb the ranks in Hollywood  think Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts, and Hugh Jackman  the Australian public has decided to toss a few honorary countrymen back our way. SMH: “One advantage of this surplus of success Over There is that Australia can now give up its claim to Mel Gibson, and allow him to be the New Yorker he always was. We should also feel free to let Sam Neill be a New Zealander. But we’ll hang onto Russell Crowe for the time being, at least until we see the box office figures for the naval epic Master and Commander (directed by our own Peter Weir). If it flops, Russell is from Wellington.”


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Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New Makes Houston Symphony Debut

Gemma New has studied under conductors whose names are familiar well beyond the cloistered halls of classical music: Dudamel, Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas. The 35-year-old New Zealand native, recently made her…