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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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

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Barbie talks to Glenda Cloughley
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The German Film Festival

Palace Electric from 22 May to 9 June 2019

This year’s German Film Festival marks some significant events in German history and culture – the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and  the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus architectural movement.

A special event and the closing night are devoted to the work of Bertolt Brecht with Mack the Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film about the making of the film and the celebrated classic 1931 film The Threepenny Opera itself.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with festival director Bettina Kinski
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Yilga (Leap in Darug language)

Belconnen Community Centre Gallery
21 May to 7 June , Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
Opening on 21 May at 5.30pm, all welcome

This is a collaborative exhibition of paintings, dance and song with Darug artist Emma Laverty and the Tiny Tumblers Dance Club and Dance Edge groups. It is a celebration of Reconciliation Week.

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YIlga represents the artist’s passion for sharing and learning of knowledge in the community to promote positive conversation and build understanding between all Australians.

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Milton 21 to 23 June 2019
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With the public release of this inaugural festival’s program ad some tickets selling out in 10 hours, it is time to get a wriggle on and book for sessions you’d like to attend. There is a full day early bird concession for the Saturday program if you want to get an excellent rate for 6 presentations of your choice.

Festival director Meredith Jaffé tells us that presenting writers were selected for their successful work and their capacity to be good story tellers for a live audience. They include well known names like Jane Caro, Natasha Lester, Candice Fox, Jaclyn Moriarty. and Leigh Hobbs.

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Susan Banks and Thea Katauskas – On the Verge

ANCA Gallery until 19 May 2019
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Local artists Susan Banks and Thea Katauskas urge you to explore what is often overlooked as we walk around our town. – to see the life of the nature strip; the plants above, and the working men, often below.

Listen to Barbie’s interview with Susan Banks and Thea Katauskas

‘It’s about the invisible energy and activity that maintains the life of our city, as well as the thriving nature that persists whilst being hemmed by roadways and built environments,’ says Katauskas. Now based in Washington DC, she is a 1996 graduate of the ANU’s Canberra School of Art and Design, and has held three successful solo shows of her unique take on the city’s suburban architecture.

Banks, a former scientist, teacher, and recent graduate of the same art school, has focused on the disrupted, upended nature strips; the diggings temporarily occupied by workers and the inconvenient diversions as people step past the barriers, witches’ hats and piles of rubble.

Susan Banks, 2018, After Salgardo

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.

Listen to an interview with Lenny Weiss
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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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