CANBERRA pianist Susanne Powell has been invited to play the piano part in Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” with Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in November at Sydney Opera House. “This is a dream come true for me,” Powell tells “CityNews”, “as my Dad (who died last year) used to play Ashkenazy recordings when I was a small child, and as a young teenager I was taken to a concert in the legendary Australian tour of Ashkenazy and Perlman in the Sydney Town Hall.
“THE Black Cat – the small world of Aristide Bruant” is a new play by Rachel Hogan that’s been to Sydney Fringe Festival and the Melbourne Fringe. You’ll next have a chance to catch it at Le Tres Bon, 40 Malbon Street, Bungendore, at 7pm on October 26, bookings to 6238 0662.
CANBERRA-based vocal group, the Faumuis – Kashia (17), Salale (16) and Koebi (11) – have been performing together for more than four years. “Wherever they perform, whether here or overseas”, their dad Garry tells “CityNews”, “they fly the Canberra flag very proudly.” They’ll be launching their fourth album at the Polish Club, Turner, 7pm on October 24, tickets at the door.
THOSE clever Griffyns – members of the Griffyn Ensemble – are performing Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports” and other works that explore travel in “the gritty yet lush acoustic of an industrial hangar” at TAMS depot, 255 Canberra Avenue, Fyshwick. Bookings to griffyn.iwannaticket.com.au or 0466 480104.
“BRUSHSTROKES for the Soul” is a community, dance, music, poetry and painting day on the themes of spring, food and conservation. At Playing Field Studio, 2 Kingsley Street, (Cnr Barry Drive), Canberra, Saturday, October 26. Inquiries to playingfieldstudio.org.au or firstname.lastname@example.org
FRESH from its triumphant concert with the British and Irish Lions Choir at Sydney Town Hall, the Australian Rugby Choir is performing at the Corinna Room, Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden at 2pm, October 20, bookings to 6283 7288.
ALSO on October 20, at 3pm at Wesley Music Centre in Forrest, the Sydney Consort will perform “Passion & Reason”, a tribute to Purcell, J.S. Bach, Buxtehude and Handel. Tickets at the door or bookings to trybooking.com/DJLV
THE eminent ceramic artist, Hiroe Swen, will exhibit her works at Belconnen Arts Centre from October 18 to November 17. Her works, often bigger than the petite artist herself, are held in the NGA and in many other collections. There’ll be “meet the artist” sessions at 3pm on Sunday, October 20, in Japanese and at 3pm on Sunday, November 3, in English.
THE ANU Choral Society has a concert called “I Was Glad” coming to All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie, 7.30pm, on October 26. In a swipe at “dead” composers, SCUNA boasts that it will perform a work by “living, breathing Canberra composer, Mark Chapman”. Tickets at the door or bookings to trybooking.com/61729
“REGIONAL Threads” will feature novelists Roger McDonald and Marion Halligan, non-fiction writer Kim Mahood, and poets Russell Erwin and John Stokes reading their work, at South Hill Heritage Estate, Garroorigang Road, Goulburn, 2pm to 4.30pm, on Sunday October 20.
Known for the extraordinary quality of her voice and her amazing vocal range, Katie Noonan’s abilities as a producer and songwriter were seen at a weekend concert in Canberra and they were just as impressive, says reviewer ROB KENNEDY.