THE National Capital Orchestra farewells its conductor Leonard Weiss before he heads to Baltimore for postgraduate studies in the concert, “Pines of Rome”, at Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, Saturday, August 3. Pre-concert talk by composer Dante Clavijo, 6.45pm. Bookings to premier.ticketek.com.au
I PROGETTI Chamber Choir presents “Brighter than the Sun”, a concert themed around the “Assumption of the Virgin”, the Catholic festival traditionally observed on August 15. The program features some works specifically composed as tributes to Mary, but the performance extends this motif to transcend both religion and spirituality. At the High Court of Australia 1.30pm-2.30pm, Sunday, August 4. Free but registrations essential to hcourt.gov.au
CANBERRA Jung Society has Robert Tulip reflecting on “Modern Man in Search of A Soul”, a collection of essays by Carl Jung in which he explores the need for soul in psychology, through dream analysis, psychological types, archaic man and the spiritual problems of modern man. MacKillop Centre, 50 Archibald Street, Lyneham, 7.30 for 8pm, Friday, August 2. Tickets at the door.
HAPPY third birthday to Lightbulb Improv which, since starting in 2016, has delivered monthly entertainment to Canberra, co-produced and participated in festivals and created an outlet for improvisers to showcase their talents. They’re providing free birthday cake to go with their celebratory show, “Switched on: Comedy and Cake”, at Smiths Alternative, 7pm, August 1. Bookings to smithsalternative.com or tickets at the door.
THE “Stronger Than Fiction” film festival is now running, bringing Canberrans the newest documentary features from around the world. The films combine insights about the world with innovative storytelling and brilliant cinematic craft. This year it’s running at Dendy in Civic until Wednesday, July 31, until Sunday, August 4. Then, on August 5 they will announce the 10 most popular films, which will screen from August 9-18. Bookings and all details at dendy.com.au
SUONO Italiano (The sound of Italy) brings the unique sounds of harmonica virtuoso Gianluca Littera and pianist Fabio Gorlier to Australia for the first time. This’ll be a one-time performance in the Main Hall, Ainslie Art Centre, Elouera Street, Braddon, 7pm–8.30pm, Thursday, August 1. Bookings to eventbrite.com.au
BRINDABELLA Orchestra will combine with the Rocking Horse Music Dance Studio for a family-friendly, “bring a cushion” concert where children will dance to “Carnival of the Animals” played by the orchestra, giving young people a chance to see instruments up close and even have a chance to conduct the orchestra. Weston Community Hub Neighbourhood Hall, corner of Hilder and Gritten Streets, Weston, 11am, Saturday, August 3. Free, all welcome.
THE Resonants, directed by Helen Swan, are taking a choral “Australian Journey” through the bush, across the bar, into the clouds and beyond with guest artist Emily Leong on piano. At Weston Creek Uniting Church, 16 Parkinson Street, Weston, 5pm, Saturday, August 3. Bookings to resonants.org or at the door.
CANBERRA-raised organist Jonathan Lee is about to head off to the UK, where he has been appointed organ scholar at Hereford Cathedral. He currently holds the position of John Perrin organ scholar at Wesley Uniting Church and he will perform organ music there under the title, “Prelude for a Traveller”, at 3pm, Sunday, August 4. Bookings to trybooking.com Proceeds and donations will go to support Lee in his travel to the UK.
THIS Saturday evening, Canberra short film makers will be honoured at the fifth edition of the Blue Shift Sci-fi and Fantasy Short Film Festival. It’ll be held at the EPIC conference centre, Exhibition Park in Canberra as part of the annual Gamma.con pop culture convention. At 8.30pm, Saturday, August 3. Bookings and all program details at gammacon.org.au or tickets at the door.
ANU Drill Hall Gallery has improvised music with LENS/ANU Laptop Ensemble from 5.30–7.30pm this Friday, August 2, then at 4.30pm this Sunday, August 4, “The beauty of living sound” with Simone de Hann on trombone and Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet. Tickets at the door.