Music Event Calendar
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Wesley Music Centre

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*Saturday 19 August 5pm “A Winter Romance” International baritone Christian Bester (baritone) with Hilda Visser-Scott (piano) in a Romantic program which includes: Avant de quitter ces lieux from the opera Faust by Charles Gounod; O vin Dissipe from the opera Hamlet by Thomas Ambroise; Vaga Luna che inargenti by Vincenzo Bellini; Dah Geh ich Zum Maxim from the Merry Widow by Franz Lehar. Louise Farrenc - piano solo; Melody in F Etude no. 27.Tickets available at www.trybooking.com/RJHO or at the door: A$30: C$25. *Special price for Friends of Wesley Music $10ea (FoWM members can purchase up to SIX tickets each at this price, so bring family and more friends!). Proceeds to go to the Wesley Music Scholars program. 

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Sunday 20 August 4.30pm Polifemy: Magnificat.  Settings from medieval to modern: works by Palestrina, Binchois, Dufay, Grandi, Dalitz, Kelecom, Pearce and a world premiere written for Polifemy by American Bretton Brown.  Directed by Robyn Mellor.  Organist Peter Young.  Tickets: A$20 and C$15 at the door.  Enquiries: 0406 377 762.  Wesley Uniting Church.

Wednesday 23 August 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. "The First Russian Sonata",We are delighted to welcome back the eminent composer and pianist Larry Sitsky. The program focuses on the music of Anton Rubinstein. It will consist of five miniatures followed by the Sonata No.1 Op.12, which was the first sonata composed by a Russian. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

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Friday 25 August 6pm Christopher Wrench Organ Recital. Dietrich Buxtehude:Præludium in G, BuxWV 149;Gabriel Pierné:Prélude - Cantilènefrom Trois Pièces,Op.29;Niels Gade: 3 Tonestykke, Op.22 & Chorale Prelude: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern; Alexandre Guilmant: Sonata No. 1 in D, Op.42.  Tickets at the door: *A$30; *C$25; f/t student $10; ACTOS student & child U/12 $5. Wesley Uniting Church.

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Wednesday 30 August 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. The RMC Brass Ensemble presents, Pictures at an Exhibition.The Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live series is delighted to welcome the return of the popular Brass Ensemble of the Royal Military College Band. Showcasing some of the Australian Army Band's finest musicians, this memorable program consists of an arrangement of Mussorgsky’s fabulous Pictures at an Exhibition. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

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Saturday 2 September 7.30pm "Boyd Meets Girl" Rupert Boyd, guitar & Laura Metcalf, cello will be touring Australia to release its debut album. Don't miss their only appearance in Canberra in 2017! Works by Bach, Falla, Edwards, Zenamon, et al. Tickets: $30, $25 concession/student. Available online https://www.trybooking.com/QDMA or at the door. Enquiries: info@rupertboyd.com

Sunday 3 September 3pm Art Song Season of Song Concert 5: Songs Jessye’s Sung Julia Wee soprano & Lucus Allerton piano. Inspired by the great American soprano Jessye Norman, Julia will sing from Ms Norman’s repertoire, including African-American spirituals, Mahler and Strauss. The program is informed by Ms Norman’s 2014 autobiography ‘Stand Up Straight and Sing!’ and touches on the themes of personal journeys, freedom and liberty. Admission to the concert includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. A $35; snr/pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, FoWM & Musica Viva subscriber $30; Art Song Canberra member $25; f/t student $15. www.artsongcanberra.org

Wednesday 6 September 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live” We are delighted to welcome back the glorious Luminescence Chamber Singers who will travel around the world and back again, performing music from locations as distant as Lithuania, China, America and works by young Australian composers, Alice Chance and Isabella Gerometta. From Donatas Zakaras’ Laiškai Sofijai (“Letters to Sofijia”) to Werner Baer’s Ahavat Olam (“Eternal Love”). Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

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Saturday 9 September 2pm Masterclass for Performers of Art Song. Yvonne Kenny, patron of Art Song Canberra, will give a masterclass for singers and accompanists. Audience will be very welcome. More details will be announced nearer the date. The masterclass is kindly and generously sponsored by the Wesley Music Foundation.

Wednesday 13 September 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Callum Henshaw, guitar.   Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation

Wednesday 20 September 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. ANU Open School of Music. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Wednesday 27 September 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Marie Cull Studio Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

*Sunday 1 October 3pm The Sydney Consort, Concert 3: The Telemann Project Some works of the baroque’s most notable composer, Georg Philipp Telemann are very much neglected still today.  Tonight, the ensemble performs Telemann’s works from 1734, which appear to have never enjoyed a modern edition, including works from his collection of six concertos for harpsichord, obbligato and flute, as well as Trio Suites and Sonatinas for violin and continuo.  In this concert, recorder virtuoso, Hans-Dieter, will show how such a little instrument can make a big statement.  PLEASE COME AND CELEBRATE TELEMANN’S WORKS IN THE COMPOSER’S 250 ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF HIS DEATH! Tickets at www.trybooking.com/OOLA or at the door 30 minutes before the concert. *FoWM discount applies. music@sydneyconsort.com.au

Wednesday 4 October 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Orlie Beer voice with piano. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Friday 6 October 7.30pm 'Spirit of Scotland': Chris Duncan & Catherine Strutt in concert.  Superlative fiddle and piano music by two of Australia’s finest performers of traditional Scottish musical styles.  “Will transport you to the heart of Scotland.”  Tickets: *A $30; *C $25; f/t student $15; child U/12 $15.*FoWM discount applies – from www.trybooking.com/QXHY or at the door 30 minutes before the concert.

Wednesday 11 October 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Accomplished Canberra pianist Stuart Long presents a gorgeous selection of works by Scriabin, Ravel and Brahms. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Sunday 15 October 3pm Art Song Season of Song Concert 6: Night Songs. Jill Sullivan mezzo-soprano, Robert Harris viola & Alan Hicks piano. From the very earliest times, humans have looked up and gazed in wonder and awe at the night sky. This program explores the beauty and mystery of ‘Night’, its associations with sleep, rest, dreams, the world of magic and its symbolism of the world beyond. The differing attitudes to ‘Night’ across the musical ages are explored in this program of songs that spans the late eighteenth to early twentieth centuries. The audience is invited to join in the sleep of night and is then taken on a journey that begins in the early romantic Viennese world of Schubert and Brahms. As Vienna approaches the fin de siècle, the excesses of its late musical flowering contrast with the intimacy of the songs of Hugo Wolf. And so to Paris with the music of Camille Saint-Saens, Caesar Franck and Reynaldo Hahn where the audience is transported into a sound-world that depicts the sensual beauty of ‘Night’. The journey concludes in Rome in the early twentieth century with songs that derive much of their beauty from Ottorino Respighi’s admiration of composers from earlier eras. Admission to the concert includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. A $35; snr/pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, FoWM & Musica Viva subscriber $30; Art Song Canberra member $25; f/t student $15. www.artsongcanberra.org

Wednesday 18 October 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Katherine Wilkinson, cello.Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

 Wednesday 25 October 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Nerida Parker, piano.Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Sunday 29 October 3pm Wesley Music Scholars Spring Concert. Talented Wesley Scholars present beautiful music.  Tickets at the door. A$25; C$20; f/t student $10; C/ U12 free.

Wednesday 1 November 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. RMC Band,woodwinds. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Wednesday 8 November 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Julie Watson & Rose Holcombe, trumpet and piano. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

*Sunday 12 November 3pm Sydney Consort, Concert 4: Baroque Cuisine The last concert of 2017 features a selection of baroque masterpieces. The Sydney Consort welcomes back international baritone virtuoso, David Greco for this special performance. Love, desire and humour will be on show in these baroque compositions full of extraordinary musical vitality. GET READY FOR A SHOWCASE OF BAROQUE MUSICAL POETRY BY EUROPEAN MASTERS! Tickets at www.trybooking.com/OOLIor at the door 30 minutes before the concert. *FoWM discount applies. music@sydneyconsort.com.au

Wednesday 15 November 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Angela Giblin & Margaret Legge Wilkinson, voice and piano. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Sunday 19 November 2.15pm. Take a musical journey Beyond Opera. A concert featuring David Reedy's voice students, well-known ACT singers, and a special guest artist (details to be advised). Music items will include popular operatic arias and duets, German Lieder and Art songs, selections from music theatre and Broadway hits. The program will conclude with an Edwardian drawing-room concert requiring audience participation. It will be an afternoon of delightful music and fun. Tickets are available on line www.trybooking.com/265948 or at door.  A$30, C$25, f/t student $15, child12 free. Enquiries: margot-reedy@grapevine.com.au or phone (02) 62491831.

Wednesday 22 November 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Mia Huang, piano.Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Sunday 26 November 3 pm Art Song Season of Song Concert 7: Why did They Shut Me Out of Heaven? Susan Ellis soprano & Dianna Nixon piano. In the nineteenth century Mary Gilmore and Emily Dickinson, two strangers from distant lands, fight to have their voices heard. Women who dreamt of creating an idyllic land, who championed for the underdog, who refused to allow themselves to fall into step with conventional piety. Women who used the power of word and song to invoke change. Admission to the concert includes a complimentary program and light refreshments. A $35; snr/pnsr, Friends of ArtSound FM, FoWM & Musica Viva subscriber $30; Art Song Canberra member $25; f/t student $15. www.artsongcanberra.org

Wednesday 29 November 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Robert Schmidli, piano.Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Wednesday 6 December 12.40pm “Wednesday Lunchtime Live”. Wesley Music Scholars. Entry $10 (includes program and refreshments). Or donation.

Saturday 9 December 7pm The Song Company: Lully Lulla – Rocking The Cradle Of History...The Pageant Of The Shearmen & Tailors ...it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. A program set within the narrative framework of mediaeval English verse, with seasonal music old and new that touches both on the joy of a young mother giving birth to the King of the Ages, and on the hard-hitting realities of exile, refugee status, and the ‘slaughter of the innocents’.  The ‘Coventry Carol’ Lully, lulla is one of three songs (transcribed, arranged, or composed by Thomas Mawdycke in 1591) from the Shearmen and Tailors’ Pageant and is justly famous for its chillingly evocative tale of Herod’s rage.  Woven into The Song Company’s telling of the story are new Australian and English carols, as well as a Gloria in excelsis from the first part of the 15th century with upbeat syncopations and happy harmonies that could have been written yesterday. Program includes Australian folksong coll. Sally Sloane (arr.)  Christ was born in Bethlehem  Anonymous (15th century) Alleluya – a nywe werke Basque carol (arr.) The Angel Gabriel William Byrd (arr.) A Carowle for Christmas Day (An Earthly Tree A Heavenly Fruit)William Byrd This day Christ was born Anna Fraser: soprano. Tickets: Book at www.songcompany.com.au  A$65; C$60; U/30yo $40. Wesley Uniting Church

Sunday 10 December 2.30pm "Chamber Music Festival" Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful chamber music performed by pianists from ACT Suzuki Piano & string players from Canberra Symphony Orchestra & Limestone Consort. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com.au/e/chamber-music-festival-tickets-31576952515 or at the door. A$20, child U/12: free. Enquiries: actsuzukipiano@gmail.com