Arts / What’s on this weekend

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

Michale Sparks and Jenna Roberts in ‘Dr Frankenstein’. Photo by Helen Drum

JORDAN Best is directing the Australian premiere of Selma Dimitrijevic’s “Dr Frankenstein” for Canberra REP. It’s a play about women and their place in the world, about God—or his absence, and about science, and the ramifications of our actions. Theatre 3, April 6 to 23. Bookings to

Susannah Lawergren

ART Song Canberra’s next concert, “Songs of Solitude”, will see soprano Susannah Lawergren accompanied by pianist Benjamin Burton exploring three facets of being alone. Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Sunday, April 8. Tickets at the door only.

Canberra Youth Theatre

THE National Capital Orchestra will perform the world premiere performance of “Zodiac Animalia” by the Australian composer Jessica Wells. After the premiere, classical guitarists Matt Withers and Callum Henshaw will join to play the “Concierto Madrigal” by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. At Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, Saturday, April 7. Bookings to

THE Llewellyn Choir will be performing the works they’ll be touring, Requiem Mass in C Minor by Cherubini and “Messe Solonnelle” by Vierne. At St Paul’s Church in Manuka 7.30pm, on Saturday, April 7. Bookings to

CANBERRA Youth Theatre is presenting “Filtered”, a physical theatre work tackling big questions asked by young people aged seven to 12, such as “are monsters real?” The guest artist will be physical theatre performer, Pablo Latona. Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 2.45pm and 3.30pm, Sunday, April 8 only. Bookings to

TWO innovative performers, Anton Wurzer on accordion and Ariana Odermatt on cembalo/harpsichord, will perform compositions by JS Bach and GF Handel in “Unique Baroque”, at Wesley Music Centre, 3pm, Saturday, April 7. Tickets at the door.

Soprano Louise Keast. Photo by Peter Hislop

“SPANISCHES Liederabend” is a concert program, which soprano Louise Keast and the Revival House Project are aiming to establish as an annual event. Mezzo-soprano Keast, tenor Melissa Gregory and Tom Holownia, and baritone Oliver Boyd will perform a program of Spanish poetry set to music, accompanied by Brisbane pianist Mark Connors and ANU guitarist Bradley Kunda. At Wesley Music Centre, 7pm, Friday, April 6. Bookings to

BARRIE Kosky’s provocative production of “Carmen” will be seen in the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season screening of this production, starring Anna Goryachova. Capitol, Manuka, April 7, 8 and 11. Bookings to

Darren Coggan

DARREN Coggan, famous for his Cat Stevens night, will be here with his new show “Fire & Rain – The James Taylor Songbook”, at The Street Theatre, Saturday, April 7, at 8pm. Bookings to or 6247 1223.

PAST and present Wesley Music scholars – Emma Rayner cello and Mia Huang piano, come together for the first time to present an exciting programme featuring Johannes Brahms’s Sonata for Piano and Cello No.1 in E minor, as well as solo and chamber works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Ravel. Wesley Music Centre, 7pm, Sunday, April 8. Bookings to or at the door.

Sergio Mendez

THE 2018 Canberra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition Finals will see seven finalists playing their chosen pieces. Larry Sitsky Recital Room, ANU School of Music, 3pm, Sunday, April 8. All welcome.

WITH 16 films scheduled, the Apia Young at Heart Film Festival is dedicated to seniors, but will appeal to discerning film lovers of all ages. Until April 11, Palace Electric Cinemas. Bookings to

SÉRGIO Mendes and Brasil ’66, will be singing up a musical part at Canberra Theatre, 7.30pm, Thursday, April 5. Bookings to or 6275 2700.

DANIELA Helbig from the University of Sydney, will give a talk, “Trace of Rome? Aerial Archaeology in Syria and Lebanon under the French Mandate (1923-1946)” for the Friends of the Classics Museum. Larry Sitsky Room in the ANU School of Music, 6.30pm, Thursday, April 5. All welcome










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