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Orchestral manoeuvres in the park

“Music by the River”… February 26.

Arts editor HELEN MUSA files another of her “Arts in the City” columns.

“MUSIC by the River”, the sixth annual community picnic concert featuring the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, will go ahead in Queen Elizabeth II Park on Queanbeyan River, from 5pm-9pm on Saturday, February 26. Directed by Kirsten Williams, the concert will feature orchestral classics from Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach and the Beatles. General admission is free, but registration is essential at

Chris Hammer… most borrowed ebooks.

CANBERRA star crime writer and journo Chris Hammer topped the list for eBook loans from Australian public libraries during 2021, with his novel “Scrublands” coming in at number one and “Treasure and Dirt” at number two, according to a list released by OverDrive. While libraries have still provided click-and-collect services for physical books, the rising demand for digital content led to record downloads. 

“NOX: a record of things passing by night” is a new exhibition by sculptors Stephen Harrison and Victoria Royds, with photographer Judith Nangala Crispin. All three artists are concerned with the ephemerality of natural creatures. Grainger Gallery, Building 3.3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick, until February 13. 

Abby Dobson and Lara Goodridge… The Street, February 5.

ABBY Dobson and Lara Goodridge, the two songstresses who adopt outrageous French accents to perform Frenchy music as Baby et Lulu, will showcase their newest album, “Baby et Lulu: Album Trois”, in a concert at The Street Theatre’s Street One, 8pm, on Saturday, February 5. On the same day, ARIA-nominated pianist-composer Nat Bartsch will perform jazz in Street 3, at 11am and 7.30pm. Book for both at

THE Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Richard Tognetti has engaged classical accordion virtuoso James Crabb for a popular season opener driven by the rhythms of South America, featuring music by Astor Piazzolla, Gabriela Lena Frank, Carlos Gardel, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Elena Kats-Chernin. At Llewellyn Hall, 8pm, February 4. Book at 

Tracey Callinan… to Regional Arts NSW.

REGIONAL Arts NSW has announced the appointment of Tracey Callinan as its new CEO, replacing Elizabeth Rogers, who has just taken over at Canberra Glassworks. Dr Callinan has spent the past 13 years as executive director for Arts OutWest. Along with a strong career in arts administration comes experiences working for a silversmith in Jerusalem, programming for Wirksworth Festival in rural Derbyshire in the UK and working as a musician in Europe.

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