Music / “Byrd Round Table”, The Song Company. At Wesley Uniting Church, March 16. Reviewed by GRAHAM McDONALD
THE Chinese Orchestra of China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater return to Australia with the concert “Treasures of a Nation”, merging traditional Chinese style with stirring contemporary music. Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, Saturday, March 3. Bookings to ticketek.com.au or 132 849.
AUSSIE comedy duo Lano & Woodley (Colin Lane and Frank Woodley) are back together after a decade, with a new show called “FLY!”. Performing at Canberra Theatre, March 2–4. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.A CHAMPAGNE twilight concert featuring soprano Kate Rafferty will be held at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery at 5.30pm this Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, at the Drill Hall Gallery. Bookings to operabycandlelight.net
“THE Weight of Light”, by Canberra writer Nigel Featherstone and Sydney composer James Humberstone, is a family drama where the might of war meets the force of family secrets, told in the form of a song cycle. Street Theatre, March 3-4 and Goulburn Regional Conservatorium, March 10. Bookings to thestreet.org.au or 6247 1223; for Goulburn, visit trybooking.com
“A PACIFIST’s Guide to the War on Cancer”, brought here by British theatre company Complicité, is a play with songs and laughter that deals with a challenging subject, at the Playhouse, February 28 to March 3. Bookings to canberrtheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
THE Friends of Chopin Australia will mark Frédéric Chopin’s 208th birthday with cake and music. Pianist Kotaro Nagano will perform music of 1810 in the Larry Sitsky Recital Room, 6pm, Thursday, March 1. Bookings to friendsofchopin.org.au or tickets by cash only at the door.LONDON Klezmer Quartet’s “To the Tavern” features traditional vocals by Indra Buraczewska, a Warsaw theatre hit with a hint of jazz and a song about beetroot soup, contained within a story. Canberra Irish Club, 7pm, Sunday March 4. Bookings to irishclub.com.au
RUSSIAN avant-garde works by composer Galina Ustvolskaya will be performed by Natalia Andreeva and Evgeny Sorkin and introduced by Sally Foster, who is the curator of “The Russian avant-garde”, on display at the National Gallery of Australia. At James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 2pm, Sunday, March 4. The event is free but registrations are essential to nga.gov.au
CANBERRA Opera will be performing “Love and Loss”, pieces from Puccini and Verdi at the High Court of Australia, 1.30pm, Sunday, March 4. Free but registration is essential to hcourt.gov.au