HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts and shows in Canberra.
“LENNON Through a Glass Onion”, John Waters’ and Stewart D’Arrietta’s postscript to the Beatles era, is a story and 31 songs, including “Imagine”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Revolution”, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and the like. It’s still on the road after many years, appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe last August. Now, in what they’re calling “an emotional trip down memory lane”, it’s returning to the Canberra Theatre on Friday, February 17. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700
CANBERRA Symphony Orchestra’s Prom Picnic Concert has a distinctive Canberra flavour this year with guitar whizkids Guitar Trek as guest artists. Formed 30 years ago by ANU guru Tim Kain, the present-day group also includes Minh Le Hoang, Matt Withers and Bradley Kunda, who plan to lead the band in specially arranged classics and favourites. At the lawns of Government House, 6pm, Saturday, February 18. Bookings to cso.org.au or tickets at the gate from 4.15pm.
THE Canberra String Quartet is a veritable line-up of luminaries and now Barbara Jane Gilby, Pip Thompson, Lucy Carrigy-Ryan and Alex Voorhoeve will perform “The Antipodean String Quartet 1912-2002”, music by Alfred Hill, Peter Sculthorpe and Graeme Koehne, in the Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert at Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 12.40-1.20pm, Wednesday, February 15. No bookings required, entry $5 or by donation.
LEANNE McKean, the musical director of the Canberra Men’s Choir, will lead “All Men Aloud”, a workshop for the male voice, at Downer Community Centre and concluding with a gig at the National Arboretum, from March 3-5. Registrations by Friday February 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 909602.THE Song Company begins 2017 with a program highlighting the peculiar life and accidental death of musical genius and uncompromising Marxist-Leninist Cornelius Cardew, performed with multimedia artist Adrian Self as an “operetta-esque happening”. There’ll be works by Cardew, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. At Street Theatre, Friday, February 17. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.
“THE Everly Brothers & Buddy Holly Together In Concert” will be performed by the Robertson Brothers with West End star Scot Robin playing Buddy. At Canberra Southern Cross Club, Friday, February 17. Bookings to cscc.com.au or 6283 7200.