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Arts / Rusanda readies to spark gypsy fire

CANBERRA-bound violinist Rusanda Panfili may be a fun-loving girl in one of the world’s most exciting cities, but she is a serious artist who leads a disciplined private life. “It’s very difficult, I must combine my friendships with my job, but fortunately my dear friends are musicians,” says the 25-year-old Vienna-based performer, where she’s completing […]

Arts / Surprises in Canberra Theatre’s celebratory season

TO dark-voiced cabaret star and MC Mikelangelo, it was a once-in-50-year opportunity to celebrate. To theatregoers keen to hear the Canberra Theatre’s selection of theatrical goodies for 2015 it was a chance to “oooh” and “aahh” at novelties, old favourites and one or two surprises at the 2013 subscription season on Monday (October 20). With […]

Young pianists on parade at Wesley

PIANO students from the studios of Elena Nikulina and Natalia Tkachenko will perform tomorrow as part of the Wesley Music’s Lunchtime concert series. The young pianists will present a wide range of music, including variations on a theme from Mozart’s “Magic Flute” and works by Diabelli, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Poulenc and Chopin. Nikulina graduated in […]

‘Cultural delights’ to help literacy in PNG

IN an unusual cultural gesture, the Italian ambassador’s residence will be thrown open this Saturday, October 11, for a sophisticated fundraiser supporting the not-for-profit Port Moresby organisation, Buk Bilong Pikini, which promotes literacy in Papua New Guinea. The Italian Ambassador Pier Francesco Zazo and Mrs Svetlana Sharapa will be hosting an evening of “Italian Cultural […]

Another birthday party for Sitsky

THE ongoing 80th birthday party for Professor Larry Sitsky, Canberra’s most famous composer, continues tomorrow at the National Library of Australia, where the eminent music curator, Robyn Holmes, Sitsky’s former colleague at the ANU School of Music will hold court in the conference room with a conversation about his long musical career. While Sitsky marked […]

Review / ‘The Little Death’ (MA) ** and a half

THE title of writer/director/actor Josh Lawson’s film is the literal English translation of the French colloquial expression for orgasm. No love-making should finish without at least one each. In Sydney, partners in hetero couples confess their secret yearnings for special experiences to enhance orgasmic intensity. While convention might consider the centre of human sexual satisfaction […]

Birthday bells for Larry

IF you’re passing by Aspen Island  tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24 between 12:30pm and 1:20pm, pause for a moment for a recital marking the 80th Birthday of eminent Australian (and Canberran) composer, Larry Sitsky. According to Lyn Fuller, lead carillonist at the National Carillon and president of the Carillon Society of Australia, Sitsky has written comprehensively […]

Wesley musicians in concert

WESLEY Music’s Instrumental Scholars are its pride and joy, and the public can see them perform in the Wesley Music Centre tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24 from 12.40 to 1.20pm. The works on the program include Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major – Scherzo, Arvo Pärt’s “Spiegel Im Spiegel” and selections from Bernard Andrès’ ‘Chants […]

Chopin to die for: Japanese pianist wins competition

A BRILLIANT 25-year-old pianist from Japan was presented with the $25,000 first prize in the Australian International Chopin Piano Competition held in Llewellyn Hall yesterday. The prize was presented to Kotaro Nagano by Mrs Jeannie Pratt on behalf of the Pratt Foundation, which had sponsored the award. “We think of Canberra as a political capital […]

Chopin final coming up on Sunday

THE Australian International Chopin Piano Competition continues apace, with the not-to-be-missed Finals coming up at Llewellyn Hall this Sunday, September 21. Organised by the ANU School of Music in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Canberra and the Friends of Chopin Australia, it has announced the six semi-finalists: Maciej Wota, 22, […]