Pete Smith, Deborah Perrow and John Pratt – The Crossing

Strathnairn Arts Gallery 1, 90 Stockdill Drive Holt
 2 –26 May, 2019
Official opening by Rob Painter 11.30am, Saturday 4  May

The concept for this exhibition of mixed media collages created by Deborah Perrow and John Pratt came from a gift.

In 2017, Deborah was given 12 sketches of Lake George by the late Canberra artist Pete Smith and invited by his partner to use them in ‘whatever way you wish’.

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ANU Choral Society – Gloria!

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.

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Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville, 26 July to 4 August 2019

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.

Barbie talks to festival artistic director, Kathryn Stott
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Four Winds Easter Festival 2019: wrap-up

Updated 24 April 2019

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.

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Maya Pearce – The Missing Garden

Strathnairn Arts Gallery 1, 90 Stockdill Drive Holt
28 April 2019

Maya Pearce is a contemporary artist from China. She started watercolour painting when she moved to Australia three years ago.

Maya has always been interested in exploring the emotional state that lies beneath the surface. In this exhibition. Her latest works show her feelings as a recent immigrant.

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Tuggeranong Arts Centre: Two Worlds and Corin Dam/Space Above

Tuggeranong Arts Centre until 27 April 2019
Mon to Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Hugo Toro was the 2018 recipient of an award for a CIT diploma of Visual Art graduate collection. In Two Worlds he has reworked some of his originals in Photoshop, then printed them to canvas and added a new layer with paint.

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Chrissie Shaw in association with Parkinsons ACT – Singing for Parkinsons

Ainslie Arts Centre from Monday 1 April at 10am

Under the direction of talented and ebullient local musician Chrissie Shaw and Parkinsons ACT invites people with Parkinsons, their carers and supporters to a new singing experience. No singing or musical experience is necessary to join.

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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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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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