Arts in the City: Royals one day, friends the next

PIANIST Andrew Rumsey was the only musician to perform at Government House for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Guy Sebastian and Harry Kewell in the crowd.

Pianist Andrew Rumsey… working with friends.

Pianist Andrew Rumsey… working with friends.

He’s continuing his “Rumsey & Friends” series with Beethoven, Debussy, Bartok, Villa-Lobos, Schubert, Edwards and Chopin performed by popular instrumentalists and Canberra soprano Louise Page. Fiona Nelson will read original poetry. At Wesley Music Centre, 20 National Circuit, Forrest, 7.30pm-9.30pm, on Saturday, June 7, bookings to trybooking.com/EWBR

ALSO at Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, on Sunday, June 1, Art Song Canberra’s “Season of Song 2014” has that busy husband and wife team of mezzo soprano Christina Wilson and pianist Alan Hicks performing songs under the title “Love and Harmony Combine”. Tickets only at the door.

ARTSHOW@Radford features hundreds of works in painting, ceramics, photographs, glass, jewellery, woodwork and sculpture. On June 1, Robert Foster, from FINK Design, will talk about his sculptural installation, “Blue Mantle”, at the school. At TB Millar Hall, Radford College, Bruce, 10am-4pm, May 30-June 1. Tickets at the door.

“NEVER Trust the Teacher” is the latest in Joe Woodward’s “Without a Voice” series. It’s billed as a new radio play presented live by Woodward, Damien Foley, Tom Woodward and Lucy Smith and tells the story of teacher John Dark and “how he disappeared, along with his career”. At Smith’s Alternative, 8.30pm, on June 2.

CANBERRA director Daniel McCusker’s production of “Party”, by Tom Basden, will run on June 3 and 6-8, at Smith’s Alternative. It’s a comedy that tackles the big issues – China, climate change, Muslims, when to eat cake, and how to run a political party.

THE High Court of Australia’s next free concert features the Strange Weather Gospel Choir, led by Daniel Brinsmead, performing “A Change of Tune”. At 1pm, Sunday, June 1.

THE corps of staff cadets and the band of the Royal Military College will present the trooping the colour spectacle at Gallipoli Reach, Rond Terrace, Lake Burley Griffin, at 10.15am on Saturday, June 7. Free, but bring a chair and a blanket.

TWO talented sisters and two extraordinary guitarists from Ireland, The Heartstring Quartet, will perform at Teatro Vivaldi on Wednesday, June 4, bookings to 6257 2718.

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