HELEN MUSA’s weekly arts column features opening concerts, exhibitions and shows in Canberra
ENSEMBLE Romantico is in Australia for the first time, with violinist Hanna Yu from the ANU Open School of Music and pianist Ju-Hae Chang from KonKuk University in South Korea, who will be leading the group as they play works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Max Bruch, Antonin Dvorak, Hyo-Shin Na and Elena Kats-Chernin. Llewellyn Hall, 5pm-7pm, Sunday, August 12. Bookings to premier.ticketek.com.auARTISTIC director and founder of both QL2 and Quantum Leap, Ruth Osborne is cooking up a performance called “Two Zero” at The Canberra Playhouse, from August 9-11. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
PHOENIX Pub in Civic has as follows: Piss Weak Karaoke, 9pm, Thursday, August 9, free entry; Tired Minds, Snakepit, Fatalist, Masochist, Fight Milk, 8pm, Friday, August 10; and Slagatha Christie, Turn South, Sarky Bastard and Jamie Leone, 9pm, Saturday, August 11.CANBERRA recorder quartet Block Sounds will perform a concert of baroque music for recorders, with Peter Young and Rachel Walker on continuo, playing music such as Bach, Telemann, Schickhardt, Pepusch and Scarlatti. Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton (corner of King’s Avenue), 3pm, Sunday, August 12, Tickets at the door.
MUSE Café has Peter Cochrane for a conversation about his latest book “Best We Forget”, an examination of how the racial preoccupations that shaped Australia’s preparation for and commitment to the war have been lost to popular memory. East hotel, Kingston, 3pm-4pm, Sunday, August 12. Bookings to musecanberra.com.auSALUT! Baroque presents “Corelli & Friends”, music by Locatelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann, Geminiani and Handel and the enormously popular violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli. Albert Hall, 7.30pm, Friday, August 10. Bookings to trybooking.com
KOMPACTUS Youth Choir are performing a free concert of works featuring the lyrical poetry of Sara Teasdale. High Court of Australia, 1.30pm, Saturday, August 12. Free but bookings essential to hcourt.gov.au