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McDermott and Gatesy

PAUL McDermott (Doug Anthony All Stars) and Steven “Gatesy” Gates (Tripod) have been friends for 18 years and since 2017 have been performing as a duo at festivals around the country. They’ll be at the Canberra Playhouse, 8pm, December 5. Bookings at canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.

THE Idea of North and the Woden Valley Youth Choir will perform at St Andrew’s Church, 1 State Circle, Forrest, 7pm, Saturday, December 7, details at idea.com.au

Peter Coleman-Wright

OPERA star Peter Coleman-Wright is coming to Canberra and will listen to local singing talent in a showcase from 3pm to 7pm on December 10 and 11. To book a spot email info@canberraopera.org.au and include a maximum one page bio.

ITALIAN pianist director and composer Alessio Nelli joins soprano Susannah Lawengren and mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser in a concert of opera with a dash of Christmas. At All Saints Anglican church, 9 Cowper Street, Ainslie, 1.30pm, Sunday, December 8. Bookings at trybooking.com, 6778 1233 or at the door.

CANBERRA rapper Dan Kirklandd will be in town on the weekend promoting his new single, “Knowbody”, and will be supported by Groovy Daughter and “Weirdogvng”, at Transit Bar, Akuna Street, Civic, 8pm, Saturday, December. Bookings at moshtix.com.au

REBUS Theatre is staging “A Tender Thing”, an original play about love and disability written and directed by Heidi Silberman and Ali Clinch. At Ralph Wilson Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, 7pm to 8pm, December 6-7, and 4pm-5pm, Sunday, December 8. Bookings at rebustheatre.com

Limestone Consort

LIMESTONE Consort’s final concert for the year will feature music by Stradella, Vivaldi, Brescianello and Corelli (the Christmas Concerto) for strings and harpsichord. At All Saints Anglican Church, Ainslie, 5pm Saturday, December 7. Entry is free but exit is by donation.

MARUKI Community Orchestra, conducted by John Gould, will play a varied program of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, the Tchaikovsky Symphony no.4 and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for the year’s last concert. At Albert Hall, 3pm-5pm, Sunday, December 8. Bookings at marukicommunityorchestra.org.au or tickets at the door.

Dan Walker conducts. Photo: Peter Hislop.

CANBERRA Community Chorale, directed by Dan Walker, presents “An die Musik”, an evening of German Romantic music by composers including Franz Schubert, Robert and Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Hensel, Johannes Brahms and Josef Rheinberger. At the Radford College chapel, 7pm, Saturday, December 7. Bookings at canberracommunitychorale.com or tickets at the door (cash only)

LANYON Homestead’s Christmas Carols and picnic will feature Sing Australia Choir and Tuggeranong Valley Band. The homestead will be decorated for a 19th century Christmas and lit with candles. Children and families can participate in crafts and games from a bygone era. At Lanyon Homestead, 5pm to 8.30pm, Saturday, December 7. Bookings for concert and Christmas picnic hampers at eventbrite.com.au

Violinist Christian Li

CANBERRA Youth Orchestra has a concert jointly conducted by Rowan Harvey-Martin and Max McBride that features 12-year-old violin soloist Christian Li playing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. At Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, Saturday December 7, bookings to ticketek.com.au

IN “Trans Voices Cabaret”, Florin Douglas will showcase a line-up of trans and gender diverse singers. The evening features local Canberra talent including acclaimed singer-songwriter Shoeb Ahmad, and is hosted and headlined by jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender-transcendent diva, Mama Alto. At Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 7pm for 7.30pm, Friday, December 6. Free but bookings essential at trybooking.com

THE German Christmas Market will be held at the Harmonie Club, 49 Jerrabomberra Avenue, Narrabundah, 9am to 1pm this Sunday, December 8. Free Entry, all welcome.

A FILMED performance of Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale”, part of the Royal Opera House 2019-2020 live cinema season, has Bryn Terfel heading the cast of this new production. Capitol Cinemas Manuka, December, 7, 8 and 11. Bookings at eventcinemas.com.au

“AVATAR” Fresh Funk.

“AVATAR” is a showcase of urban and contemporary dance by Fresh Funk based on the award-winning film of the same name. There’s two shows only at Erindale Theatre, 5pm and 8pm, Saturday, December 7. Bookings at trybooking.com

A BANDONEON open day, directed by Rodolfo Caivano, will be held at Ainslie Arts Centre, 2pm to 5pm, Saturday, December 7. Free, but registrations essential by emailing bandoneonaustralia@gmail.com

THE Llewellyn Choir will appear in a Christmas Concert at The High Court of Australia, 1.30pm, Sunday, December 8. Free but registrations essential at hcourt.gov.au

THE Forrest National Chamber Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky, Sculthorpe, Carr-Boyd, Bach and Saint-Saens. At Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, 2pm, Sunday, December 8. Bookings at trybooking.com or at the door.


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