In the centenary of the end of World
War I, the Song Company draws on the 16th/17th century
metaphysical poets John Donne and George Herbert as the entrée to remembrance
and visions of perfection and freedom from disorder – hence the title of the
concert : ‘no noise nor silence, but one equal music’.
The Opera Foundation for young Australians has announced that the Winner of the 2018 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship is Xenia Puskarz Thomas, a 21 year old mezzo soprano from Queensland.
plans to study in New York with internationally acclaimed vocal, language and
Anke Höppner, 2018 Head Adjudicator and Member of the Foundation’s Music Advisory Council said that Xenia had ‘a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice of magnificent potential.
‘She inspired the audience with her energetic stage presence and fearless desire to engage with the characters she portrayed at the deepest emotional levels. The promise of Xenia’s talent convinced us that she would be able to thrive most under the conditions of the scholarship.’
Living Arts Canberra
congratulates Xemia and wishes her every success sin her career.
Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House), 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT, from 25 October 2018. Check MOAD website.
‘Craftivism allows people to actively
engage in democracy, contribute to social change, and transform the world one
stitch at a time.’
Aided by the power of social media,
Australian craftivist Tal Fitzpatrick and fellow USA based craftivist Stephanie
Dunlap put the call out for collaborators. 131 craftivists from across the
globe, united by their passion for quilting and human rights, came together to
showcase the power of their voices through the work of their hands.
This festival is the culmination of
months of singing and percussion work initiated by Four Winds in five south
coast primary schools – Bermagui,
Narooma, Tilba, Tanja and Tathra.
The Four Winds 2018 Youth Music Festival includes a Schools
Showcase Performance at 12.30 – 2.15pm on Friday 16 November and a Festival
Concert at 11am – 2pm on Sunday 18 November to be held at Four Winds’ beautiful
venue in Barragga Bay.
The first novel of Lucy Marrett, this
young adult fiction work is told by Holly, a young woman suffering from anxiety
and depression. It delves into her story, the people who surround her, the challenges
she faces to overcome her illness and the way she finds to live her life as she
This is not a self-help book or a
manual on anxiety. It is a work of fiction, but one that is told by an author
with first hand knowledge of anxiety and which explores many of the scenarios
common to the situation. Marrett shines
a light on a topic not always spoken of so lucidly and openly.
I had just finished reading The Life to Come when it was awarded the
2018 Miles Franklin literary prize – described as Australia’s most prestigious.
It had sat for a bit on my dressing table waiting for me to have time to linger
over it. I love the way Michelle de Kretser writes and wanted the luxury of a
Harvill Secker, an imprint of Vintage, Penguin Random House 2018
It is, I know,
presumptuous and insolent of me to say that I felt, at 515 pages, The Dust that falls from Dreams, the
precursor to So much life left over, was
a little long. Obviously I read it (all) and De Bernières writes with such
facility and grace that the comment seems churlish.
I’m going to fall
back on another view to buttress what I felt about this book:
Brisbane born Katherine Johnson’s third novel is set mainly in Tasmania where she now lives. The rugged beauty of the landscape is a powerful backdrop for this complex story.
Estranged from her mother since birth and brought up by her Russian emigré grandmother, Nina, geneticist Sara Rose (neé Barsova) has never been allowed to know the identity of her father. It is these absences that drive much of the story.
This is another of a burgeoning sub-genre I suspect of tales told in parallel in the past and the present.
The present-day story is set, first in Sydney and then in Cornwall, in 2017 and follows the fortunes of Anna who finds a hidden metal box when renovating her grandmother’s house, left to her upon the old lady’s death.
Narrated by Charles Hudson, conducted by Leonard Weiss Sunday 25 November 2018 at 1pm and 3pm John Lingard Hall, Canberra Grammar School, off Alexander Street, Red Hill
Melodies for kids is the final concert for 2018 for NCO. Young and old alike will enjoy a 45 minute (or so) concert with works including The Blue Mountains by Canberra composer Sally Greenaway, excerpts from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Peer Gynt by Grieg, Pelleas and Melidande by Sibelius and The Typewriter Symphony by American composer Leroy Anderson.
This promises to be fun and a great way to introduce young people in your family to beautiful classical pieces. A story devised and presented by Charles Hudson will weave the works together – and who doesn’t love a story?
Wet conditions for the opening night of Artfest did not dampen spirits – in fact everyone revelled in the much-needed rainfall. We were in Milton for three days of the festival and enjoyed the happy atmosphere, broad community uptake and variety of relaxed events.
Conductor Leonard Weiss Soloist Louise Page OAM Wesley Music Centre, Saturday 27 October 2018.
success of their first performance in July this year, Canberra’s newest
semi-professional musical ensemble, Canberra Sinfonia, in partnership with renowned soprano Louise Page OAM,
presents a program
designed to showcase its versatility
Louise’s repertoire will include Porgi amor from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, and Per pieta from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte. These charming melodies will be complemented by Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, and the Haydn Symphony No. 63 in C Major.