MonthMarch 2019

The Song Company: Arvo Pärt: Passio

The Song Company In collaboration with Christopher Watson and the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne  – Arvo Pärt: Passio
12- April – 7.30pm  St Andrew’s, Brighton
13 April  -– 2pm  Trinity College Chapel, Parkville, Melbourne
Running-time: approximately 75 minutes (no interval)

 If you are in Melbourne in the week leading up to Easter, you have the rare opportunity to enjoy The Song Company and the Choir of Trinity College.

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Steven Carroll – the year of the beast

Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Australia 2019

In his Notes for a Novel essay at the end of the year of the beast, written when he was halfway through writing this book, Steven Carroll explains that the Glenroy series was originally intended as a single book but that 20 years on the Glenroy novels now number six. They span 60 years of Australian history but have been produced in no particular order and do not rely on one another as a series from the reader’s point of view.

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Art Song Canberra – Love and Life

Sunday 31 March 2019 at 3pm
Wesley Music Centre
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Artsong Canberra’s next concert for 2019 is a recital by Rebecca Ryan (soprano) and Anthony Smith (piano). Featuring the poignant, transcendental masterpiece ‘Vier Letzte Lieder’ by Richard Strauss, this program explores the many facets of love and life.

Encompassing the first spark of love through to the calm acceptance of death, Rebecca and Anthony also present Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe und Leben’ and songs by Duparc, Berlioz and Fauré.

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Listen to Jon Millard’s interview with pianist Anthony Smith

Indigenous Literacy Foundation: Great Book Swap

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The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that has gifted over 350,000 culturally appropriate books to more than 280 remote Indigenous communities and service organisations across Australia. Through the 2019 Great Book Swap program, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) aims to raise $350,000 to gift 35,000 new books for Indigenous children.

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Lynne Edwards – How to Pass a Test – Is this the direction of Australian education today?

Ginninderra Press. 2015

The (finally) current debate about the continuance or cancellation of NAPLAN testing in our schools makes it appropriate that I refer you to Lynne Edward’s excellent short book tackling the subject of testing and teaching, published four years ago.

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Hazel Hall – Moonrise over the siding

Interactive Press, Brisbane QLD Australia, 2019

This collection of tanka verse was created by Hazel Hall in collaboration with other tanka poets. It is a sensitive and moving collection which also features the artwork of the late Robert Tingey, whose diagnosis with Parkinsons Disease inspired the work of his wife, artist Nancy Tingey, in forming the Painting with Parkinsons organisation.

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Karen Viggers – The Orchardist’s Daughter

Allen & Unwin, Australia 2019

This, the latest of Karen Viggers’ novels, follows the well-deserved international success of The Lightkeeper’s Wife and retains one of its characters in Leon, the park ranger. The title alludes to the other central figure, Miki, home schooled and isolated child of religious parents and now an orphan kept under tight control by her brother Kurt.

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Canberra Sinfonia and Luminescence Chamber Singers

Adam’s Lament by Arvo Part, and Last Verses by Dan Walker. 
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
Saturday 23 March 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets: A: $40 | C: $30, at the door, or online at eventbrite:

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Lenny Weiss talks about concerts by Canberra Sinfolia and the National Capital Orchestra

The National Capital Orchestra – Behold the Sea

Llewellyn Hall
Saturday 13 April 2019 at 7:30pm

The repertoire for this first concert of 2019 is Vaughn Williams’ A Sea Symphony with full symphony orchestra and choir and the Australian premiere of Christopher Gordons’ On the Beach

Soloists,  Chloe Lankshear and David Greco join the National Capital Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Weiss, NCO Music Director/Conductor.  

Lenny Weiss talks about concerts by the National Capital Orchestra and Canberra Sinfolia

The Artists Society of Canberra – Space and Spaces

Call for entries for the ACT Catchment Groups open art competition 2019

The Space and Spaces exhibition will open on 11 April in the Canberra Centre overlooking the Canberra Times fountain. It will continue until 19 April. ASOC is calling for entries – all are welcome to submit, members and non-members. Information and entry forms are at

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Andy Muir – Hiding to Nothing

Affirm Press, Melbourne Victoria, 2019

This is the second of the Lachie Munro crime fiction books. It is a ripping yarn with a larrikin voice and full of larrikin characters. Whilst it would not do to trivialise the sorts of crimes Andy Muir deals with – gang violence, drug and pharmaceutical trafficking and general skullduggery, it is nevertheless true to say that this is a lightly told story full of wry humour and astute commentary on modern society.

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Michelle Day: What Remains

ANCA Gallery
20 March – 7 April 2019
Opening 6pm Wed 20 March – all welcome

What Remains, by Michelle Day is an exhibition of two installations that capture fragments of Day’s real and imagined sensory experience of human presence in vacated spaces: what remains of a person when they leave a room. Day’s exhibition consists of a series of small sensory objects that viewers can peer into to discover illusory spaces of texture, movement, light and smell. 

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