Arts / What’s on and where this weekend

HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts and shows in Canberra

Steven Isserlis, photo Tom Miller

SUPERSTAR cellist Steven Isserlis is coming back to town to play Shostakovich’s first cello concerto with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on the 1726 Marquis de Coberon Stradivarius cello. The program will feature world premieres of the new work, “A Knock One Night,” commissioned by Mirek Generowicz from Elena Kats-Chernin and a work by US composer Samuel Adams. Llewellyn Hall, 8pm, Saturday, June 23. Bookings to

DAVE Smith stars as rock star wannabe Robbie Hart in Queanbeyan Players production of the musical “The Wedding Singer”, directed by Amy Dunham and Sarah Hull, at The Q, Queanbeyan, June 22-July 1. Bookings to or 6285 6290.

“The ACT Storytellers’ Guild is presenting “A Room in June”, a warming evening of stories with music by the Canberra Harmony Chorus. Stories are suitable for adults and older children. St James Uniting Church Hall, Gillies Street, Curtin, 7pm, Saturday, June 23. Tickets at the door.

Improvisers Dans les Arbres

SOUNDOUT presents brilliant European improvisers, Dans Les Arbres (Xavier Charles on clarinet, Ivar Grydeland on electric guitar, Christian Wallumrød on prepared piano and Ingar Zach on gran cassa, percussion) for one night only at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery, 7pm, June 22, bookings to or cash at the door.

‘Just Like Clockwork,’ photo Mr Tim.

“JUST Like Clockwork: A Musical,” will debut on the Tuggeranong Theatre stage this weekend. Children in the centre’s Community Arts and Cultural Development Program have devised a plot that revolves around a curious inventor and her snow leopard friend, with a cast of unicorns, talking pizzas and a moustachioed dinosaur. Tuggeranong Arts Centre, June 22-23, bookings to to

East Row Rabble

EAST Row Rabble EP release and Single “Good for Me”, joined by “Los Chavos, who are releasing their “I Wanna” single and video, and Sydney soul and reggae act “Brother Brad,” Polish White Eagle Club, 38 David Street, Turner. 8pm, June 22, all welcome

CANBERRA Youth Theatre is having its annual fundraising event, “Night Out in Winter,” with games, quizzes and raffles and prizes including a workshop at CYT. Main Hall, Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon, 6.30pm for 7pm, Friday, June 22. Tickets at the door.

ARTSOUND FM’s Winter Solstice Book and Music Fair gives you the opportunity to stock up on great reads, music and DVDs, art, music, biographies, military, history and loads of crime, thrillers and other general fiction. Corner of NSW Crescent and Manuka Circle, just next to the Manuka Pool, 9am-4pm Saturday, June 23. Entry by gold coin donation.

Project Beats hip-hop crew, photo Rob Floyd photos

A benefit show to send a lively crew of young Canberrans from Project One to the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Phoenix, Arizona, will be held at Erindale theatre, Wanniassa, 2.30pm and 6.30pm, Saturday, June 23. Bookings to

Block sounds and Walking the Dog.

CANBERRA’S  recorder ensemble, Block Sounds, comprising Olivia Gossip, sisters Elana and Shae Leske and directed by Robyn Mellor, will join recorder quintet Walking the Dog in a program to suit the “vaulting spaces” of the High Court, where they will perform the music of Giovanni Gabrielli. At 1.30pm on Sunday, June 24. Admission is free but registration essential to

THE Resonants, directed by Helen Swan, and soprano Louise Page will join to perform choruses and songs from much loved Broadway musicals, including “Les Miserables”, “Oklahoma” and “West Side Story”. Main Hall, Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera Street, Braddon, 5.30pm for 6pm, Saturday, June 23. Tickets at the door.

LADY’S Mantle, the Canberra women’s choir directed by Maia Harrison, will be presenting “Perchance to Dream,” words of Shakespeare brought to life in music, with courtly music of the Renaissance and sacred music of Tomas Luis de Victoria. St Philip’s Anglican Church O’Connor. 7.30pm, Saturday, June 23. Tickets at the door.


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