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Here come those bears… and Goldilocks

Jordan Best as Mummy Bear… The Q, December 14-15. Photo: Ben Appleton

Here’s arts editor HELEN MUSA’S latest burst of all-things-arts in this week’s “Arts in the City” column.

IT’S fun time at The Q (December 14-15) with the return of the musical “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. Aimed primarily at children aged 0-28, it is also suitable for older kids, parents and their teddy bears. Jim Adamik returns as Daddy Bear, with Jordan Best as Mummy Bear, while Joe Dinn plays Baby Bear; Amy Kowalczuk, Goldilocks and, as the loveable Musical Cow, pianist Leisa Keen. The show travels to Bungendore, December 16 and Braidwood, December 17. Free, but bookings essential to

AT the final concert for Art Song Canberra recently, retiring founder and artistic director Oliver Raymond announced the 2024 program and that the committee had elected Roland Peelman to be “honorary artistic director” until its AGM in June. He added that Peelman had said he “wouldn’t mind” being president of Art Song too, but that would have to wait until the AGM.

HARRY Connick Jr performs old songs and new at his concerts at the Royal Theatre on December 15 and 16.

THE next Geoff’s Jazz at Smiths concert has a Connick connection too, featuring top US players, including former Connick sax player Jerry Weldon and Neal “Sugar” Caine on bass, with JC Stylles on guitar, John Harkins on piano and Andrew Dickeson drums. Smith’s Alternative Civic, December 14.

CANBERRA Choral Society presents “Hodie Christus Natus Est”, a Christmas concert featuring choral music and carols including works by William Byrd, Josef Rheinberger, Sally Greenaway and an arrangement of a traditional Appalachian carol by music director Dan Walker. Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest, December 10.

AJ America, Roland Peelman, Luminescence Chamber Singers and friends, Luminescence Children’s Choir, organist Samuel Giddy and harpist Rowan Phemister will pull out all the stops in “A Luminous Christmas”. The rich, three-day program of seasonal music is made up of “Christmas Classics”, December 15; “Christmas Pipes”, December 16; “Navidad: Christmas in Spain”, December 16 and “Dancing Day”, December 17. Wesley Music Centre, Forrest.


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