Beethoven and other arts this weekend

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FORTEPIANIST  Neal Peres Da Costa joins the Australian Haydn Ensemble to explore Beethoven’s piano concertos with a new version of the 3rd concerto in C Minor on a replica Graf fortepiano, similar to the one Beethoven would have used to premiere the work in 1803.

Neal Peres Da Costa
Neal Peres Da Costa

THIS recital is part of a cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos performed by the ensemble, described in New York as “brilliant young musicians”. Dr Peres Da Costa is Associate Professor and Chair of the Early Music Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music, 7pm tomorrow, Friday June 19, and 2.30pm, Saturday June 20 Friday. Bookings to

Jan Preston
Jan Preston

THE QUEEN of boogie piano, Jan Preston will be in town tomorrow, Friday June 19, to premiere her new work, a musical score for the 1927 silent comedy “The Kid Stakes” at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Arc Cinema. She will be joined on the night by percussionist Mike Pullman. “The Kid Stakes is a silent black-and-white comedy” adapted from Syd Nicholl’s ‘Fatty Finn’ comic strip and directed by Tal Ordell. 7pm tomorrow, Arc Cinema, McCoy Cct Acton, bookings to

Paul Dumetz's ceramic  ‘Cat’
Paul Dumetz’s ceramic ‘Cat’

THE WINTER Pottery Fair is on from today, Thursday, to Sunday June 28 at Watson Arts Centre in Aspinall Street. Once again local potters have been firing up their creativity and kilns to present an exciting range of handcrafted ceramics for the home and garden. It’s a great place to buy a gift. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Thursday to Sunday.

CANBERRA Glassworks in Wentworth Ave Kingston has an exceptional range of works for sale by silent auction at the Winter Glass Market to be held from 4 – 11pm this Saturday, June 20. studio artists, hirers, residents, exhibitors and suppliers to the @Gather shop from across Australia have generously contributed original works and glass memorabilia. The Glassworks will call a close to the bidding at 8.30pm by sounding its historic whistle. Artists led by Creative Fellow Matthew Curtis and neon/light enthusiast Christine Atkins, have worked together to create a range of garden glass for the Winter Glow Garden. 100 works will be available for sale at $100 each on the night as a gesture to 100 years of Kingston Power House.

gate theory

HORROR fiction writer Kaaron Warren and Cohesion Press will launch her new short story collection “The Gate Theory” from 5pm this on Saturday June 20 at Pho Phu Quoc Vietnamese Restaurant in Badham Street, Dickson. Some nibbles will be served and there will be a cash bar.


THE “Modern Movie’ season begins at the Tuggeranong 55 Club at 101 Cowlishaw with a Seniors Saturday Movie Matinee screening of the 1967 American satirical comedy-drama ‘The Graduate’ this Saturday June 2, – 2pm – 4pm. Also on the program will be an episode of the 1940’s serial, ‘The Phantom’. Bookings to 6293 4004 or

Detail of a work by by Jenny Gibson
Detail of a work by by Jenny Gibson

AN exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jenny Gibson is continuing at Belconnen Arts Centre at Emu Bank until July 5. This new exhibition, we hear, is “quite startling and very finely hung and lit”. Many of Gibson’s new paintings derive from the forest-slopes of Mt. Ainslie.

Wesley Organ
Wesley Organ

WESLEY Uniting Church in Forrest is offering an opportunity to hear gifted students perform organ works they have prepared with senior teacher, Philip Swanton, of the Sydney Conservatorium. ACT Organ School Student Concert, tomorrow, Friday June 19 at 5.30pm. Free admission. Bookings not required. Tickets at the door.

THEATRE writer and teacher Peter Wilkins is calling for applicants to his 6 week adult (including year 12 students) course “From Page to Stage” where you can learn to create a character, build a role, learn acting techniques, interpret text and develop a part through the creation of a performance. At ImproACT Studio – Corner of City Walk and Alinga St. (opposite casino and above old empty Kathmandu Shop) Every Monday from 7.00-9.00 p.m. Commencing Sunday, July 5. Inquiries and forms from Wilkins at or 0408 034 373.

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