Music Event Calendar

Wesley Music Centre

22 National Circuit, Forrest ACT 2603

Music Event Calendar

Sunday 10 July 3pm BOYD MEETS GIRL album release concert. Rupert Boyd (guitar), Laura Metcalf (cello), direct from New York City, and in their first performance in Canberra in three years, will perform selections from their newly released album Songs of Love & Despair, which received a 4-star review in Limelight Magazine, and the following review in Gramophone: “Beguiling… fascinating… enchanting… their mutual understanding is manifest in every bar, not least in the way that they listen to each other”. Tickets are available online BOOK HERE or at the door (cash only). Tickets $40; f/t student $25; child U12 free. Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 13 July 12.40-1.20pm. “Clarinet Through the Ages” Welcome back clarinettist Helena Maher, who charmed us last year with her versatile performance, accompanied by the talented pianist Lucus Allerton. The program features a range of styles from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in works by Mozart, Pierne, Poulenc and Andy Firth. Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome. BOOK HERE  or ph. 6232 7248

Saturday 16 July 3pm David Pereira & Andrew Rumsey in Concert. Critically acclaimed cellist, pedagogue, and composer David Pereira, accompanied by pianist Andrew Rumsey, will present a program of sweeping melodies, lush harmonies, and unbridled virtuosity.  The program starts with the heavenly lyricism of Beach’s ‘Romance’ and is followed by the iconic Franck ‘Sonata in A Major’ – a monumental work for cello and piano in equal measure.  Following will be a collection of stunning Australian works (including some world premieres) before a climactic finale.  Don’t miss this sumptuous event!  (Refreshments included). BOOK HERE A $48.56; *C & FoWM $38.01; f/t student $22.19 (incl booking fee).

Sunday 17 July 2pm “The snail, the liquorice stick, the eighty-eight” Trio Concert. Three Sydney Conservatorium master graduates ,Angela Liu (Horn), Elsie Chen (Clarinet), Mandy Ng (Piano)are presenting rarely performed ensemble works of Carl Reinecke, Gustav Jenner, Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt, Maximilian Heidrich and individual instrumental works.  A$40; C$35; F/t student: $25; Child U/12: $5 BOOK HERE

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 20 July 12.40-1.20pm. Sam Row, piano. "Treasures of the Night" Talented pianist Sam Row performing Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit and Chopin’s Nocturne in F minor. Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome. BOOK HERE  or ph. 6232 7248

Saturday 23 July 2.30pm A Stunning Choral Performance by the California State University Fullerton Choir under the Direction of Dr Robert Istad featuring works by Michaele McGlynn, Daniel Knaggs, Moira Smiley, Andrea Ramsay Hyo-Won Woo and Joseph Reinberger’s  Mass in E-Flat Major, Op 109 A FREE CONCERT FOR THE CANBERRA COMMUNITY TO CELEBRATE THE EASING OF COVID RESTRICTIONS.  TICKETS HERE

*Sunday 24 July 3pm - “ROMANTIC CLASSICS” - Andrew Goodwin (tenor) & John Martin (piano). As if indulging in your favourite chocolates, be transported by musical romance. This will be a feast of best-loved European art song by Fauré, Hahn, Poulenc, Schumann, Strauss, Mahler and Rachmaninov. Tickets: BOOK HERE  Admission including program: *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20. Enq. 0434 813 354

“Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts” 27 July 12.40-1.20pm. RMC Band Brass Group. The concert will showcase ensembles with varying combinations of brass instruments and a program featuring a variety of music genres that have been written and arranged for brass. Entry $15 (includes program & refreshments). Additional donations welcome.  BOOK HERE  or ph. 6232 7248

Thursday 4 August 7pm. BEETHOVEN’S EROICA. Australian Haydn Ensemble. PROGRAM: WRANITZKY Symphony in C minor Op. 31 La Paix (arr. Wranitzky) 1st movement; MOZART Symphony No. 40 K. 550 in G minor (arr. Cimador); BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major  Op. 55 Eroica (arr. Masi & Lim). A $70; C  $60; Child U12: $40  BOOK HERE

Friday 19 August 7pm. Phoenix Collective PCQ – PC Tango - A Night in Buenos Aires. Known for sell-out performances, PC Tango is a surefire crowd-pleaser. ​​Featuring tango legend and founder of TangoOz, Maggie Ferguson on the bandoneon, the ensemble will explore early and traditional works from the birthplace of tango, Buenos Aires, and the father of Nuevo Tango, Astor Piazzolla. Not the usual ‘Hollywood rose in the teeth style of Tango’ but the gritty, ‘knife in the boot’ style. BOOK HERE Wesley Uniting Church

Saturday 20 August 6pm and Sunday 21 August 3pm “Woden Valley Youth Choir Annual Concert”. The young choristers of the Woden Valley Youth Choir are brimming with music and excitement for their Annual Concert 2022! With a wide variety of songs from the story of the three little pigs to folksongs from South Africa, and Australian contemporary music, this is sure to be a delight. Tickets available online (ticket link tba)

Saturday 27 August 3pm Thoroughbass present ‘Based on Bach’. A concert with Joanne Arnott (recorders) and Diana Weston (harpsichord). Six of Bach’s wonderfully engaging Two-part Inventions act as a catalyst for Elena Kats-Chernin's own invention. Six Re-Inventions for various recorders and string quartet to be precise. With Elena’s permission we substitute harpsichord for string quartet to bring you yet another version ‘based on Bach’.  Between the two is the dramatic and tragic Fantasia by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach who acknowledged his father as his greatest influence. Tickets online at BOOK HERE  $35; C $30; f/t student $10 children <12 free. Enquiries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Sunday 28 August 5.30pm ‘Dolce Cantavi’- Luminescence Chamber Singers explore the perennial power of the female trio in myth and in music. In ‘Dolce Cantavi’, the three women of Luminescence offer a contemporary take on this ancient trope, performing music for three female voices by Anne Cawrse, Alice Chance, Caroline Shaw, Gavin Bryars, and David Lang, alongside renaissance music by Hildegard von Bingen, Orlando Lasso, and Monteverdi. Ticket Prices:   *A: $52;   *C:  $48; U/30: $30; Subscriptions tickets for our season & EOI via Website; discounts for LCC choristers available; Discounts available for schools groups.

Sunday 4 September 3pm / 4.15pm – “SUBLIMUS”- Brad Cooper (tenor), Katherine Day (piano) & Lucy Carrigy-Ryan (viola). Join Opera Australia’s Brad Cooper, pianist Katherine Day, and viola player Lucy Carrigy-Ryan as they explore concepts of the sublime - religious, earthly and fantastic.  Vaughan-Williams awakens a spiritual meditation, with the rarely heard combination of tenor, viola and piano, while MacDowell brews a sinister spell evocative of Shakespeare’s witches in Hamlet.  The program is then swept away on the sensual late romanticism and expressionism of Austrian composers Joseph Marx and Gustav Mahler. Tickets: Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20.   Enq. 0434 813 354

Sunday 16 October 3pm  – “THE TIME OF ROSES” – Jill Sullivan (mezzo-soprano) & Donna Balson (piano). “The Time of Roses" explores the flowering of the Romantic Lied, through the imagery of the rose in song. From a first budding in Beethoven’s “Adelaide” to the full bloom of Brahms to its autumn flowering in works by Richard Strauss and Jean Sibelius, the rose weaves through this program in romantic notions of loss, passion, dedication and devotion. Tickets: Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20.   Enq. 0434 813 354

*Sunday 23 October 3pm Canberra Strings present Mendelssohn’s Octet. Written as a gift for his music teacher when Mendelssohn was just 16, the octet has deservedly become a firm favourite in the chamber music repertoire. Mendelssohn’s captivating melodic writing and skilful interweaving of the eight instrumental voices has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1836. *A$35; *C $25; child U12 $20 * FoWM discount applies. BOOK

Canberra Strings is a group of some of the region’s leading professional musicians, dedicated to the performance of string chamber music. Directed by former TSO concertmaster Barbara Jane Gilby, the group has received two Critics Circle awards for performances in and around Canberra.

Sunday 30 October 3pm Duncan n. Sargeant and friends: “Return of the Musketeers” This recital brings together 3 formidable guitarists, performing individually in different genres. We are raising money for the ACT Mental Health Foundation. This will prove to be a rare and fantastic event. Don’t miss it! Book at: BOOK HERE

Sunday 20 November 3pm –THE UNUSUAL SUSPECTS Sarahlouise Owens (soprano) & Katherine Day (piano). We all know of our favourite Lieder composers but there are other composers, contemporary with our 19th- and 20th-century favourites, whose works compete in quality yet remain unknown or still lurk in obscurity. This concert will reveal some of the lesser-known composers, or lesser-known works of favourite composers. Tickets: Admission including program:  *A $40; *C incl. FoWM $35; *Art Song Canberra members $30; f/t student $20.   Enq. 0434 813 354