Romance with a Hollywood theme

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• THERE’S romance in the air for Art Song Canberra’s next recital, “Hollywood’s Romantics”. Husband and wife duo, soprano Sonia Anfiloff and baritone Ben Connor (pictured), have popped in from studies in Vienna for this recital. Both are ANU graduates in voice and both former prizewinners in the National Aria. They’ll perform Strauss, Korngold and Copland – all composers who wrote scores for Hollywood. At Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, April 1. Tickets only at the door.


• ANOTHER ANU voice graduate, tenor Christopher Steele, now living and performing in England, has re-translated Bach’s “St John Passion”, to be premiered by The Oriana Chorale, led by David Mackay, with Steele singing the role of the Evangelist, soloists from the School of Music and an orchestra led by Barbara Jane Gilby. At Llewellyn Hall, 7.30 pm, April 5. Bookings to 132849 or


• THE 2012 National Film and Sound Archive’s Orlando Short Film Award has been awarded to Craig Boreham, writer and director of “Drowning” (2009) .The winner of the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex short Australian film receives a cash prize of $5000 and is placed in the National Audiovisual Collection.


• FOLK Festival folk are scratching their heads about how to sustain the Majestic Fringe Festival, the biggest drawcard for youth, when its ACT Government funding runs out this year. Readers will recall that the funds were re-assigned away from the Multicultural Fringe three years ago.


• CANBERRA City Framing Gallery in Hobart Place has been seized with the Archibald fever and is exhibiting and selling works by seven recent Archibald finalists, including former winners Ben Quilty and Sam Leach. Until April 15, inquiries to 0407 778022.


• CANBERRA’S most famous composer Larry Sitsky will perform “The Piano Dances,” works by Bartók, Moszkowski, Paderewski, Martin?, Dvo?ák and Sitsky that were inspired by dances. Wesley Music Centre, “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”, 12.40pm to 1.20pm, April 4. $2 or paper note entry. Seats at door.


• DAVID Sequeira’s Everything and Nothing Gallery is going around in “Concentric Circles” with a Zen-like exhibit of paintings, drawings and constructions by Sidney Nolan (“Cantos of the Eye”), Trevor Richards and Sequeira in the age-old, “compelling format” of the circle. ENP , Level 1, Center Cinema Building, 29 Bunda Street, Civic, Saturday & Sunday, noon-5pm, until April 1. Inquiries to 0414 583723.


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