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Arts in the City / Mini-musical with catchy songs

“THE Last Five Years” is a mini-musical with catchy songs. A new production with a band is coming to Vivaldi’s with two separate casts of local luminaries – Mathew Chardon O’Dea and Josie Dunham, Vanessa De Jager and Fraser Findlay. It’s about the five-year relationship between Cathy and Jamie from when they meet, get married, […]

A truly contemporary sound: The String Contingent

ACOUSTIC chamber-folk trio The String Contingent will be in in B Block, Gorman House tomorrow, Wed, 15 April at 7:30pm highlighting  their new album, “Facets”. Supported by Canberra Musicians Club with Lucas Paine, they’ll be showing off their diverse musical backgrounds—from Celtic folk, classical, jazz and contemporary to melodic, evocative, exciting and poignant musical discussions, or ‘trialogues’. […]

City Band hits high note in National Championships

OVER the Easter weekend the Canberra City Band achieved overall second place in the Open A Grade Concert Band category of the Australian National Band Championships, finishing with 447 points, just nine points behind the five-time Australian champions Sydney’s North-West Wind Ensemble. It’s the band’s second year back in the premier level of national competition, […]

Folk having fun, but watch the parking costs

VARIABLE weather has not daunted the spirit of patrons at the 2015 National Folk Festival running at Exhibition Park until tomorrow, April 6. Festival director Pam Merrigan says that “the power of ‘folk’ is in its capacity to connect with and engage people.” With an estimate of 50,000 people coming through the gates this weekend, […]

CSO to perform Sibelius – ‘God, how beautiful’

THE Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor and artistic director, Nicholas Milton, is gearing up for a spectacular opening to the 2015 season. Performing this Wednesday and Thursday, the orchestra will open the year’s concert season with Schubert’s “Magic Harp Overture”, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 The evening opens with the ‘wizardry’ of […]

Gallipoli Symphony director honoured by UC

THE indefatigable Christopher Latham, former “CityNews” Artist of the Year and director of The Gallipoli Symphony, will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra on April 2. Latham, who holds dual French and Australian citizenship, is also the recipient of an Australian Anzac Fellowship from 2015 to 2018 and a reciprocal ‘French Mission […]