Wesley Music Centre at 2.30pm on Sunday 12 May 2019 Soprano Louise Keast, Mezzo Naomi Flatman and tenor Asher Reichmann accompanied by pianist Ella Luhtasaari
In this recital, Canberra Opera features excerpts from Italian, French, German and Russian operas in the form of letter scenes. This opportunity to focus on character will provide a rich platform for the singers – what better way to delve into emotions like love, despair, anger and joy than through the theatrical device of the letter.
Sunday 19 May 2019 at 5pm St Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6 Boolee St, Reid ACT
The ANU Choral Society (SCUNA) is proud to launch their 2019 concert season with Gloria!, a dynamic celebration of two favourite Baroque composers.
Conducted by Leonard Weiss and accompanied by the versatile pianist Anthony Smith, who will fulfil roles as both harpsichordist and organist during the performance, the choir will be joined by the SCUNA Orchestra, which includes many of Canberra’s top musicians.
27 April to 5 May 2019 Launch event Monday 29 April 6pm
year the Ausdance network celebrates and promotes dance in all its forms during
Australian Dance Week with the aim of raising awareness of professional dance
and dance in the community, and to celebrate its diversity.
year marks a series of anniversaries and several of these significant
milestones will be celebrated during Australian Dance Week.
Cameron Dalman OAM celebrates the 30th anniversary of Mirramu Creative Arts
Centre and invites all of those who have been part of these wonderful years to
a weekend of shared creativity.
2019 marks the
25th anniversary of the Canberra International Music Festival. CIMF will
present the world premiere of English Baroque with Circa.
local studios and arts centres offer free, trial and taster dance classes
during Dance Week. Experience a Dance for Wellbeing Class at Belconnen Arts
Centre, immerse yourself in the world of high hop with a week of free classes
at Project Beats Dance Studio, try a counter technique class with Ausdance ACT
or an afternoon of folk dancing with Canberra International Folk Dancing
The Dance Week launch event is on Monday 29t April 6pm, free but booking required due to limited capacity via Eventbrite
Under the artistic direction of Kathryn Stott, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents more than 30 musicians from around the world
There are 25 concerts and five special events, including the hugely popular morning conversations, twilight concerts, full-length evening concerts, as well as a magical concert on the beach of Orpheus Island and one on Magnetic Island. Masterclasses also form part of the program.
With beguiling rhythm and cadence
Geoff Page tells the story – or parts thereof – of the short life of jazz
guitarist Emily Remler. This is a sad story of a life gone too quickly and
marries Page’s passion for poetry as a storytelling form with his love for
The work is a set of 24 glimpses into parts of Emily Remler’s life from a small child to her death. Geoff Page found what he could, mainly on the internet, to piece together a story that feels surprisingly full.
French Photographer is the fourth of
Natasha Lester’s historical fiction novels. Like the previous book, The Paris Seamstress, it has historical
and contemporary story lines running parallel and intersecting.
begins in New York in 1942 with fashion model and our future war
photojournalist heroine Jessica May. It moves to the European war front and the
focus is then strongly on both the horrors of war and the extraordinary efforts
of women like her to be allowed to operate in an arena previously reserved for
men. Much of the future action shines a light on the effects of war on women,
whether it be as professional correspondents or as victims of war atrocities.
Rosalie Ham is the author four novels.
The Dressmaker is the first, a novel
that began its life as a 500 word concept for a novel writing course, intended
perhaps to be a short story, now with worldwide sales and made into a highly
successful movie in 2015.
Second edition published by For Pity Sake Publishing, 2019 First published by Oxford University Press 1965
This is the second in a series of picture books by the late Austrian artist Bettina Ehrlich to be re-published by For Pity Sake Publishing.
Working from the artist’s originals, the company has brought these books back to life for a new generation of children and their parents. The original books are much loved possessions of For Pity Sake founder Jennifer McDonald’s family, so much so that FPS obtained the rights to re-publish a series of them.
The Goat Boy is a tale within a tale. Miss Patricia Higgins who teaches German in an English girls. School goes to Austria for her holiday to practice the German language and enjoy the mountain scenery. Whist on her walk one day she encounters an elderly gentleman, who recounts the story of Toni, a goat boy who must take his family’s herd to the mountain pastures each day to graze.
He is a very good child but suffers
from a terrible fear of thunderstorms. And it is this that brings him undone
for he is caught in a storm one day and flees, losing three of the herd. However,
a touch of magic, in the form of a naiad, saves the day for Toni.
We are left to wonder if the story may
also bring something magic into the lives of Miss Higgins and the elderly
Bettina Ehrlich tells her stories with a delicate touch, with great empathy for her characters and with deceptively simple, graphic prose. These are stories to be read aloud to children and grandchildren many times, searching in the pictures for details and in the layers of the story for secrets and nuances.
Illustrated by Anita Mangan Spruce, an Hachette UK Company, 2017
I received this charming little bright pink book as a gift, possibly prompted by my recent habit of signing off my texts with three unicorn emojis (since visiting the Lady and the Unicorn exhibition at Art Gallery of NSW last year).
The Spiegel Tent Canberra Thursday 18 April 2019 at 6.30pm
Nominated for a Helpmann Award, this critically acclaimed show charts the life of French icon, Edith Piaf. Created and performed by Michaela Burger [vocals] and Greg Wain [guitar], Exposing Edith is a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds.
Now well established as one of the two
annual festivals in the Four Winds’ year long program, the Easter festival in
Bermagui and surrounds this year gave patrons a delicious musical feast.
Living Arts Canberra attended as media guests the full day program in the sound shell on Saturday and the half day on Sunday. We sincerely thank the Four Winds for their generous hosting, fine organisation and inspired programming.
Listen to Barbie’s interviews with Executive Director of Four Winds David Francis, composer/pianist Elena Kats-Chernin, and pianist/conductor Stefan Vladar. We’ll shortly also have interviews with Artistic Director James Crabbe with scholarship holder Nyah Cockle, and lutenist Jakob Lindberg.
Exhibition Park In Canberra Easter 2019 Thursday 18 to Monday 22 April
The National Folk Festival has had a permanent Canberra home since 1992 and the 2019 iteration brings its faithful audience music, dance and spoken word in the now customary relaxed and joyous atmosphere. Hear from some of the performers below.