Hussy Hicks and American soul sister Kristy Lee

Harmonie German Club
Thursday 13 June 2019 from 7pm to 11.30pm

All female Australian four-piece blues and roots act Hussy Hicks is led by Leesa Gentz, vocals, with Julz Parker, guitar.

They are showcasing their new single Get Ready, which features the band’s new drummer, Ali Foster and long time bass player, Tracy Stephens.

Richard speaks with Hussy Hicks lead vocalist Leesa Gentz

This is the first song in 12 years completely recorded, engineered and produced by the band.

The Hussies have been long-time collaborators with Kristy Lee, recording and performing together across the USA, Europe and Australia since they formed a bond about 15 years ago. These women are looking forward to sharing their magical musical connection with Australian audiences.

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In HER Words

A theatre performance presented by Migrant and Refugee Settlement Service ACT
Murranji Theatre, Hawker College
Saturday 15 June 2019 at 6.15pm

Award winning Indian dancer/choreographer Padma Menon has worked with a group of women from diverse cultures to produce a theatre work using dance, storytelling, poetry, music and film. The work explores the dreams, strength and resilience of women.

Proceeds will be donated to two Canberra charities whose work helps women from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

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

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

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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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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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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Artsong Canberra – Songmakers Australia: Russian Lullaby

Wesley Music Centre
Sunday 19 May 2019 at 3pm

This recital presents the music of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Kabalevsky and Shostakovich in a collection of nursery rhymes and lullabies. The mood will be both bright and dark, the full gamut of emotions being drawn from the Russian repertoire.

Barbie talks to Songmakers’ Christina Wilson

Vocal performances are by Merlyn Quaife, Christina Wilson and Andrew Goodwin, accompanied by pianist Andrea Katz, who is also the group’s director.

Tickets at or at the door. $35 full, $30 conc. Groups of 8 or more people $30 per person. Artsong members $25, full time students $15.


Michaela Burger – Exposing Edith

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.

Hear an interview with Michaela Burger
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Ausdance ACT – Escalate IV

Ralph Wilson Theatre Gorman House Arts Centre
12 April 6pm and 13 April 2pm and 6pm

Emerging ACT based dance artists working across dance, film and theatre have been working in a three-month intensive mentoring program with local and interstate mentors including Eric Avery, Kim Beamish, Liz Lea and Caroline Wall.

Barbie speaks with emerging dance artist Natsuko Yonezawa
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