Arts in the City: Celebrating the magic of Mozart

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Stopera Mozart Magic, from left, Vivienne Winther (at piano), Rebecca Collins, Rohan Thatcher and Rachael Duncan.
• STOPERA is celebrating the magic of Mozart’s music, with favourite excerpts from “The Magic Flute”, “Don Giovanni”, “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Così fan tutte” performed by sopranos Rebecca Collins and Rachael Duncan, baritone Rohan Thatcher, and pianist Vivienne Winther. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 3pm, Sunday, November 27. Bookings to 6293 1443.

• THE Radiance Dance Project is open to all women with and without disabilities. Its 2011 production, “Every Little Thing”, features music by Jane Aubourg and artwork by Catherine Dabron. Belconnen Theatre, Swanson Street, Belconnen, 11.30am, November 30 and 1pm, December 1. Free. Accessible venue. No bookings required.

• ACTOR, painter and sculptor, Max Cullen will present the “CityNews” Artist of the Year award on November 29. Cullen, who lives in Gunning with his wife, the painter Margarita Georgiadis, is now exhibiting sculptures made from worn-out, old musical instruments and junk, as well as paintings at South Hill Gallery, 3 Garrorigang Road, Goulburn, until December 4.

• THE Canberra International Film Festival has announced “best film” voting from this year. The winners are, “Life Above All”, (South Africa/Germany), “Buck” (US) and “Carmen Jones” (US).

• THE Artists Society of Canberra’s 12th Summer Art Experience runs from January 9-13. Workshops feature experienced local and interstate tutors at the new Kingsford Smith School in Holt. Abstracts (acrylics), Peter Griffen; life drawing (multi-media), Pauline Adair; wildlife (multi-media), Sandra Temple; watercolour, Nic Canosa and Chan Dissanayake; acrylic, Richard Rogers, Jenni Kelly and Lyn Diefenbach; pastel, Lyn Mellady. Information at and bookings to 6242 9699 or

• FLAUTIST and ANU School of Music graduate Katie Zagorski, supported by Tara Houghton (viola), Katie Zagorski (flute), Lara Dodds-Eden (piano), is performing Bach, Hindemith, Poulenc, Brahms and Duruflé at Wesley Music Centre, 7.30pm and at Crisp Galleries, Gap Range, Bowning, 2.30pm, Sunday, November 27. Tickets at the door, children under 12 free.

• IT’S great to see Canberra’s Fatima Killeen on the shortlist of the “Director’s Cut” in the 60th Blake Prize’s online exhibition. Her 2011 work “Journey of Surrogacy and Resilience” is a mixed installation involving etchings, found objects and a wooden box. You can views the director’s selections at

• EXHIBITORS for 12 years, the Belconnen Artists Network is staging an exhibition that includes photos of the lunar eclipse in Canberra and works interpreting darkness and the environment. Gold Creek Church Gallery, 10am to 4pm daily, until Sunday, November 27.

• ‘TIS the season… The University of Canberra Chorale will perform Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and other pieces for Advent and Christmas at St Paul’s Manuka, 7.30pm, December 1. Bookings to 6201 5837 or

• THE winners the Inaugural Student Carillon Composition Competition are: First (NCA Chairman’s Award $2000), Leonard Wiess, “The Bells of Nyx”; second (Wesley Music Foundation $1000),Ella Macens, “The Transfixed Walls”; third, (Carillon Society of Australia $500), Austin Har, “The Devil’s Merry-Go-Round”. A recital at The Carillon, Aspen Island, 2pm,  on November 26, will feature the successful entrants and an “audience choice” vote at the conclusion. Free, No bookings required.

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