Classical Italian tenors go pop

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Italian Tenors Sabino Gaita, Mirko Provini and Evans Tonon… Canberra Southern Cross Club, March 5. Photo: Gianfranco Roselli.

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THE Italian Tenors, Sabino Gaita, Mirko Provini and Evans Tonon, will be flying direct from Italy to Canberra to begin their Australian tour. The trio combines classical roots with Neapolitan music and their own blend of Italian pop. Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, 8pm, Thursday, March 5, book at

THE Alliance Française and Canberra photography collective “For The Love of Canberra” will join forces to stage a fine-art auction of photos showcasing Canberra landscapes in support of communities and wildlife affected by the bushfire crisis. At the Alliance Française, 66 McCaughey St, Turner, 7pm, March 4. Register at and enter “For the Love of CBR”. Free event, purchase drinks at the bar.

Author Kathy Lette… Canberra Theatre, March 4.

AUSTRALIAN-born writer and public figure, Kathy Lette, will be here sharing stories of writing novels such as “Puberty Blues”, “How To Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints)” and “Foetal Attraction”, raising her family and mixing with celebrities including Prince William, the Queen and George Clooney. Wednesday, March 4, The Playhouse, book at

Middle-eastern, classical and contemporary jazz… Joseph Tawadros Quartet, The Street Theatre, March 1.

THE Joseph Tawadros Quartet returns to Canberra with its popular blend of middle-eastern, classical and contemporary jazz. Tawadros is a much-awarded composer, improviser, storyteller and player of the Oud, the Middle Eastern lute. The other band members are percussionist brother James, bassist Karl Dunnicliff and jazz pianist Matt McMahon. This will pack out. The Street Theatre, 4pm, Sunday, March 1, book at or 6247 1223.

Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter, Graham Coe and Emily Kelley… Smith’s Alternative on March 12.

MORE than 150 of Scotland’s finest musicians will be part of “The Year of Scotland in Australia 2020”, with more than 300-plus shows scheduled in over 100 towns and cities, nationwide, by year’s end. Canberra will not miss out. Scottish acoustic duo The Jellyman’s Daughter, Emily Kelly and Graham Coe, will appear at Smith’s Alternative on March 12; then The Langan Band, credited with taking “traditional acoustic idioms and delivering with punk abandonment”, will also come to Smith’s at 76 Alinga St, Civic, on March 19. Book at

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