Music / “Death and the Maiden”, Alina Ibragimova and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. At Llewellyn Concert Hall, March 17. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY
THE often-outrageous artist Wendy Sharpe is back in town with an exhibition of works on paper, mostly painted on location, joined by oils, Venetian screens and painted Chinese fans all inspired by her travels to France, Italy, Antarctica, Cambodia, Mexico, Laos, India and country Australia. “The paintings and drawings are not postcards or reportage, they are about the actual experience of being there,” Sharpe says. ”Wanderlust”, at Aarwun Gallery, Federation Square, Gold Creek, March 24-April 15.
ADOPTING the persona of “Alternative Prime Minister”, comedian Mark Swivel gives a “slightly drunk Ted talk” as part of the Canberra Comedy Festival and creates a “Ten Point Plan for a Country Worth Living In”. At The Street Theatre, 5.30pm, March 24-25. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223.
THE Canberra Short Film Festival, September 12-16, is open for entries in international, national, Canberra-made, documentary, indigenous film, animation, music videos, two-minute film and under-18s categories. Submissions to withoutabox.com by June 30.
SOLOISTS Robert Macfarlane, Greta Claringbould, Andrew Fysh, Christopher Roache, Maartje Sevenster and Jeremy Tatchell join the Canberra Choral Society’s massed chorus and orchestra, all under the baton of Andrew Koll, to perform Bach’s sublime “St Matthew Passion” at St Christopher’s Cathedral, 7pm, March 24. Bookings to trybooking.com.au
GEOFF Grey’s Canberra Wind Symphony will perform a concert of works by Aaron Copland, Charles Young, Yosuke Fukuda, Claude T Smith, Eric Whitacre and Australian Ralph Hultgren. Grey says, the program content has been specifically tailored for an early autumn occasion, “with bright colours and vibrant textures in the sun-drenched High Court Great Hall”. At the High Court, 1.30pm, Sunday, March 18. Free but registration to hcourt.gov.au
MARCH is Endometriosis Awareness Month and photo-artist Margaret Kalms is mounting a fundraising exhibition inspired by experiences of 26 women sufferers of the illness. The event will also show “RED” – a film of dancer Liz Lea, a talk by researcher Melissa Parker, a talk about alternative therapies and a presentation by Jessica McGowan from Canberra Endometriosis Network, plus a fashion parade. At Ainslie Football Club, 2pm, Sunday, March 18. Bookings to eventbrite.com.au
CLASSICAL guitarists Matt Withers and Callum Henshaw, with pianist Anthony Smith, will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Magical Madrigal” as part of the Wednesday Lunchtime Concert series, at Wesley Music Centre, 12.40pm-1.20pm, Wednesday, March 21. Entry by $10 note or donation, no bookings required.