GOOD news that Canberra-trained guitarist Stephanie Jones has been named as winner of the 2014 National Fine Music Network Young Virtuoso Award in Adelaide. Jones, one of the many brilliant students of Tim Kain at the ANU, receives a $5000 cash prize. In November Jones also won the $500 ArtSound FM Fine Music Network Young Virtuoso Award, supported by a mysterious anonymous donor.
“THE Shearer That Could Have Been” is the Griffyn Ensemble’s next show. Billed as “a spooky night of spine-chilling music and paranormal activity set on Christmas Eve”, it actually takes place at Yarralumla Woolshed on December 12 and 13. It is a collaboration with prizewinning Canberra author and resident griffyn (the creature) expert, Katie Taylor. Bookings through iwannaticket.com.au
COMPOSER-pianist Margaret Legge-Wilkinson will be performing music by Debussy and Ravel to coincide with the NGA’s “Impressions of Paris” exhibition. Debussy was known to have described his compositions as “sound-paintings”. At James O Fairfax Theatre, NGA, 3pm, on Sunday, December 7. Bookings to online.nga.gov.au or weekdays at 6240 6701.
ARTIST Marie Hagerty, and CMAG curator Mark Bayly have been busy judging the 130 entries in the $1000 M16 Artspace 2014 Drawing Prize, to be announced on Friday, December 5 with the accompanying exhibition on show until December 19. M16 will then close and reopen on January 22.
WESLEY Music Vocal Scholars Sarah Campbell, Joshua Knol, Louise Keast, Zanele Ramsay and Katrina Wiseman will perform in Wesley Music Centre’s “Wednesday Lunchtime Live” concert, 12.40pm-1.20pm on Wednesday, December 10. The theme for the program is Christmas with carols. Entry $5 minimum, concession $2, no bookings required. Tickets at the door.
TEMPO Theatre will be back in 2015 doing their favourite thing – murder. First up will be an Agatha Christie classic, “Spider’s Web,” directed by Tempo’s Jon Elphick. The show will also tour to the recently-finished Tin Shed Theatre in Cootamundra. Even more exciting, Bob Morris and Michael Weston are staging that delicious black comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace”, in which innocent nephew Mortimer discovers that his sweet old aunties are serial murderers. Details of auditions at tempotheatre.org.au