MonthMay 2019

Concilium Musicum Wien – Viennese Classicism for Four Strings

Crisp Galleries, Bowning NSW
Saturday 15 June 2019 at 2.30pm


This concert of rarely performed treasure for string quartet is inspired by Viennese classicism with works by Mozart, Haydn, Hoffmann, Albrechtsberger and Schubert.

The concert supports the work of Sleepy Burrows Gundaroo, an organisation that cares for wombats injured on the road, abused by human beings or plagued by diseases. (

Musicians: Christoph Angerer – violin and viola d’amore; Milan Nikolic – violin; László Ábrahám – viola; Ute Groh – violoncello

Chef prepared afternoon tea at interval is included in the $45 ticket price; young audience special for 6 to 18 y.o at $10.

Concert bookings requested please by 12 June for catering purposes:

For lunch bookings at the Field of Dreams Café please ring Peter on 0427 488 373 or email [email protected]

Reconciliation from Inside

Artworks by Indigenous detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre
Tuggeranong Arts Centre until 1 June 2019

These paintings impress not only for their quality as works on the wall, mostly acrylics on canvas, but also for the story they bring of the redemptive power of art and creative work.

All works are for sale and proceeds go directly to the artists.

Make a visit to Tuggeranong Arts Centre one of the things you do during Reconciliation Week.

ACT Corrections Minister Shane Rattenbury opens the exhibition

Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana 

Canberra Youth Orchestra and Canberra Choral Society
Llewellyn Hall
Saturday 29
tJune, 2019 at 7.30pm

This is the first 2019 subscription concert for Music for Canberra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO). It features soloists Rachael Duncan, Tobias Cole and Andrew O’Connor. They will be joined by Canberra Choral Society, Canberra Children’s Choir and Seasoned Voices.

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Chrissie Shaw and Alan Hicks – Bijou

Le Très Bon restaurant, Bungendore
Saturday 15 June 2019 at 6.30pm and Sunday 16 June 2019 at 12 noon

Chrissie Shaw returns with her fascinating cabaret performance about Madame Bijou, transporting you to a café-bar in Paris 1933…. ‘A wine, a chat; the music plays … there’s a new face in the crowd.’

Barbie talks to Chrissie Shaw about Bijou
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Rosalie Ham – The Year of the Farmer

Picador, Pan Macmillan Australia 2018

Having recently re-read The Dressmaker upon the opening of the exhibition of the film costumes at the National Film and Sound Archive, I was fortunate to speak with Rosalie Ham about her work. This sent me to her latest novel, The Year of the Farmer and I am also now reading my way through her back catalogue.

In The Year of the Farmer, Rosalie Ham shows us the same wit, sharp observation and finally a forgiving affection for the people of her chosen setting, the small Australian country town. Topically, this book focusses on the scarcity, the supply and the purchase of water, and all the scope for dirty dealing that this entails.

Barbie speaks with Rosalie Ham about The Year of the Farmer
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Michael Beashel – Unshackled

Book 2 of The Sandstone Trilogy
Independently published, printed by Ingram Sparks 2016

Unshackled, set in the 1850s in Sydney, continues the story of Irish born John Leary and his rise in the building trade. It is at once a glimpse into the history of the growth of the city and a story of the complexities of family.

John Leary’s business struggles in a tough and often corrupt industry are just part of this tale. Michael Beashel interests himself in the status and place of women at this time and in the conditions of the working men and women of the era.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Michael Beashel.
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The People’s Passion

Friday 28 June at 7.30pm and Sunday 30 June at 5pm
The Chapel, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
Cnr Kings Ave and Blackall Sts, Barton ACT

Pesented by A Chorus of Women, the Luminescence Children’s Choir and some of Canberra’s finest singers and musicians.

Written by Glenda Cloughley, Musical Direction by Johanna McBride

Tickets and information

Barbie talks to Glenda Cloughley
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Canberra Sinfonia – Tangos & Mozart

3pm Saturday 1 June, Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
Conductor: Leonard Weiss
Soloists: Barbara Gilby (violin) and Lucy Carrigy-Ryan (viola)

The rare combination of tangos with one of Mozart’s most loved works stems from violist Lucy Carrigy-Ryan’s experience as a scholarship holder at the Emilio Balcarce Tango Orchestra School in Argentina.

Barbie speaks with Lenny Weiss about Tangos and Mozart
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Exhibition On Screen – Degas: Passion for Perfection

Palace Electric Canberra 8 and 9 June at 12 noon

This pioneering series of cinematic films about exhibitions, galleries and artists returns for a sixth season with Degas: Passion for Perfection, directed by David Bickerstaff and produced by Phil Grabsky.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Phil Grabsky
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National Capital Orchestra – Rach and Rumsey

The Q, Queanbeyan
Sunday 16 June at 3pm
Pre-concert talk 2.15pm

The National Capital Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Weiss, continues its tradition of combining exciting new Australian works with traditional favourites of the orchestral repertoire.  This concert features the world premiere of Michael Dooley’s Piano Concerto no. 1 performed by acclaimed pianist Andrew Rumsey.

Lenny Weiss talks about Rach and Rumsey
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Julie Keys – The Artist’s Portrait

Hachette Australia 2019

This debut novel by Julie Keys was shortlisted for the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. It is a work of historical fiction, an absorbing and fast moving story that waltzes elegantly between the past in the 1920s and the recent past of the 1990s.

First and foremost this is a story of secrets and the murky world of the Bohemian Sydney art world. Artist Muriel Kemp steps into the present however, despite having been reported dead in 1936, and meets her biographer in Jane Cooper, newly pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. What follows is both a fascinating story of the untangling of truth from fiction and the development of a strange but important relationship between two women from different times and places.

Barbie talks with Julie Keys
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Reconciliation Day Eve concert

Canberra Theatre Centre
Sunday 26 May, 6.30pm – 11pm

On the eve of the Reconciliation Day public holiday in the ACT, some of the
strongest voices in the country will honour the anniversary of the 1967

The concert will feature Wergaia singer-songwriter Alice Sky, rapper and TV personality Briggs, and Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project.

Hear Richard’s interview with the producer of Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project, Gavin Campbell
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Musica Viva: Zofo – Zofomoma

Llewellyn Hall Canberra
28 May 2019 at 7pm

Playing one piano with four hands – but a unified artistic mind, Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi are ZOFO; a ‘20-Finger Orchestra’

Listen to Barbie’s interview with newly appointed ACT Manager of Musica Viva, Christina Cook

For this performance they have commissioned a ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ – seeking out composers from 14 countries and asking them to choose a piece of visual art from their own culture, and then write a short piece inspired by it. The result is ZOFOMOMA – an unforgettable multimedia concert experience.

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