Maximus Musicus
Calendar, Children, June 19, Music, Performing arts, story telling

Music: Children: Maximus Musicus Joins the Choir

15 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

The magic of a live symphony orchestra in a one-hour concert for families.

Join us for a musical adventure with Maximus Musicus, the musical mouse who
finds himself at Perth Concert Hall surrounded by West Australian Symphony
Orchestra musicians and a children’s choir. Based on the award-winning book
series, this concert for families celebrates the joy of singing, and singing
together. Featuring music by Mozart, Bizet, Fauré and a selection of folk
songs, Maximus Musicus Joins the Choir is a magical musical story accompanied
by beautiful illustrations on the big screen – a thrilling experience for the
young music lovers in your life.

Suitable for 4 -12 year olds.
There are 2 performances at 1pm and 3 pm
All live action is projected onto a big screen above the stage.

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Pictured: Maximus Musicus Joins the Choir

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WASO Gershwin
Calendar, Jazz, June 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Gershwin Reimagined

7 & 8 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by West Australian Symphony Orchestra ·

Broadway glamour with a honeyed jazz soul.

When the worlds of jazz and classical collide, they create
dazzling sparks, America’s greatest composer for popular love
ballads and Broadway charm is given an intoxicating new life
with two of the hottest voices in the world of jazz today.

Bursting onto the UK mainstage in 2013, Laura Mvula is described as
the Nina Simone of her generation, recognised for her molasses-rich
soulful vocal and beautiful harmonies. Blessed with a honeyed baritone
voice, José James is a sensation in the modern jazz scene. Together
with conductor and creator Troy Miller, their astonishing performance
of Gershwin Reimagined with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra
makes for a completely unmissable event.

Troy Miller’s re-imagining of Gershwin’s song book is done with an
unbridled energy and deep respect, showcasing the exquisite melodies
of the classics such as Embraceable You, Summertime (Porgy and Bess),
I Got Rhythm and lots more.

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Pictured: Gershwin Reimagined

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A Snake's Tail
Calendar, Children, Creative, Fringe World, Interactive Experience

Children’s Event: A Snake’s Tale

29 Jan – 3 Feb, 9 & 10 Feb @ The Shambles, The
Woodside Pleasure Garden ·
17 Feb @ Stevenson Theatre, Midland ·
Presented by Roaming Reptile Education ·

Meet real live snakes and lizards in this interactive show for
children aged 3+. Find out what reptiles eat, where they live,
and even what they feel like! You’ll finally be able to say you’ve
seen a snake’s tale…
“It’s safe to say Cass is some kind of magician.” Weekend Notes, 2018.

Parts of ‘A Snake’s Tale’ were presented at Fringe World last year as
the award nominated ‘Wriggly Reptiles’. You can also book Roaming Reptile
Education for your own private party or event.

“Amazing reptile show for all ages- especially the young at heart!”
★★★★★ Claudia’s Facebook Wriggly Reptiles Review, 2018.

“Cass is the best snake lady!” ★★★★★ Elijah, 8, at his birthday party 2018.

Award nominated for Fringe World Best Children’s Event 2018.

Auslan interpreted show 3rd February. Interpreter: Christy Filipich

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Pictured: A Snake’s Tail: credit: Mathios Imaging

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Indies & Idols
Calendar, June 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Indies & Idols

19 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra ·

From Sufjan Stevens & Jonny Greenwood to Szymanowski:

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The National’s Bryce Dessner,
and American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens were all
influenced by great composers. In this program they join
forces with the source of their inspiration, Polish nationalists
Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski.

A favourite of Richard Tognetti’s, Szymanowski’s surging String
Quartet No.2 is a fusion of neoclassicism and Polish folk music.
Lutosławski’s Overture for Strings is an almost dizzyingly
multifaceted experiment, with one foot in neoclassicism and
the other in the avant-garde.

Bryce Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski is a homage to Lutosławski,
whom he credits with having illuminated the way forward in his
own musical development. Jonny Greenwood cites another Polish
composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, as contributing to his experimental
musical language. The suite from Greenwood’s film score, There Will
Be Blood, is foreboding, hopeful and beautifully evocative.

Sufjan Stevens is widely celebrated as an American indie luminary.
Run Rabbit Run is a précis of his 2009 album Enjoy Your Rabbit.
Rhythmic drive, catchy melodies and mesmerising string sounds
make for an energising and immersive experience.

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Doric String Quartet
Calendar, Classical music, June 19, Music, Performing arts

Music: Doric String Quartet

9 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Musica Viva Australia ·

Founded in 1998, the Doric String Quartet has firmly established
itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation,
receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across
the globe. Whether tackling the delicate nuances of earlier composers,
or embracing the dramatic gestures of contemporary ones, the Dorics
meet every artistic challenge with a captivating blend of sophistication
and passion.

Described by the magazine Gramophone as ‘one of the finest young string
quartets’, whose members are ‘musicians with fascinating things to say’,
the Quartet is a regular visitor to some of Europe’s leading concert halls,
has a particularly close relationship with the Wigmore Hall in London and
undertakes annual tours of North America. This is their first national
concert tour of Australia after previous appearances at the Huntington
and Musica Viva Festivals.

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Tim Winton's Shrine
Calendar, February 19, March 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: Tim Winton’s Shrine

15 Feb – 2 Mar @ Melville Theatre, Palmyra ·
Presented by Melville Theatre ·

A deeply moving and sometimes confronting play from Tim Winton comes
to Melville Theatre this February. Directed by Kayti Murphy, Shrine is
set on WA’s south coast and explores the themes of love, grief and the
way those who have passed endure through the memories of the living.

The play tells of a couple struggling to recover from the loss of their
son Jack – a year later, all they have left is a scar on a tree next to
a roadside shrine and an abundance of unanswered questions. But then a
young woman named June turns up on the doorstep with a story about their
son’s final hours.

“Shrine is not only about the irrevocable way the grief of a loved one
changes us but also the ways in which those who have passed can reveal
new things about themselves, even in death,” Murphy said.”That was the
key for me – it would be hard to just put on a play about two people
grieving the death of their son. The intrigue of June’s story drives
the play forward, exploring what really happened in Jack’s final hours.
She needs to tell her story and Jack’s father needs to hear it.”

The main challenge, according to Murphy, is ensuring there is light with
the dark. “There is so much love, intrigue and mysticism in this show,”
she said. “I wanted to make sure this is just as significant as the darker
moments of a parent’s grief.”

After studying theatre and drama at Murdoch University, Murphy appeared in
numerous productions and was one of the principal cast in the community TV
series Love on the Box.In 2013, she performed in Noel Coward’s Hands Across
The Sea at Melville Theatre and A Conversation at the Old Mill Theatre,
winner of the 2013 Milly Award for best play. Murphy followed up those roles
in 2014 with Cosi at Phoenix Theatre and Ninety at Garrick Theatre, along
with The Temperamental Artist, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Death and the
Maiden and Stop Kiss.

“As soon as I read Shrine, I knew it was something special and wanted to
bring it to the stage,” she said.”Tim Winton’s writing beautifully encapsulates
the WA landscape so much that it is an extension of the characters themselves.
“You can feel, through his writing, the magic and majesty of nature and how it
can shape us while showing us how interconnected we all are. Every character
has a sense of responsibility about what happened to Jack that night and they
are all dealing with it in their own ways.”

Tim Winton’s Shrine plays at 8pm February 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, March 1 and 2
with a 2pm matinee February 24. Bookings on 9330 4565 or at

Melville Theatre is on the corner of Stock Road and Canning Highway, Palmyra.

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June (Jessica Brooke) reflects on the death of Jack (Chris Colley) in Tim Winton’s Shrine.

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Calendar, Choral, March 19, Music, Opera, Performing arts

Music: The Opera Gala

30 March @ Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany ·
Presented by Albany Arts Festival Season ·

This Albany Arts Festival highlight sees internationally-acclaimed
baritone José Carbó and Scottish-Australian soprano Jenna Robertson
perform alongside John Martin, one of Australia’s most loved pianists,
and special guests; the voices of the Albany Choral Society conducted
by Neville Talbot.

With a program including operatic arias and duets by Puccini, Rossini,
Donizetti, Bizet, Massenet and Gershwin through to Australian composers,
including world-premieres from Albany composer Sebastian Harris, this
will be an unforgettable experience for Great Southern audiences.

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Pictured: José Carbó and Jenna Robertson. Image by Will Perez Ronderos

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Danjoo Interwoven
April 19, Calendar, Exhibitions, February 19, March 19, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Danjoo – Interwoven

15 Feb – 6 Apr @ Midland Junction Arts Centre ·
Presented by Midland Junction Arts Centre ·

‘Danjoo – Interwoven’ celebrates local Aboriginal culture, Country, language
and visual arts practice in Western Australia, proudly presenting new and
recent artworks by eighteen Aboriginal artists from or now residing in the
south west corner of the state. Danjoo – meaning together in Bibbulmun Noongar
language reflects the bringing together of established, mid-career and
emerging Aboriginal artists working in diverse art forms, presenting artworks
that speak of local Aboriginal culture and contemporary, personal, social and
political issues.

Curated by Wadandi/Minang/Koreng Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor and Midland
Junction Arts Centre Curator Greg Sikich, ‘Danjoo – Interwoven’ features the
work of Deborah Bonar, Lance Chadd, Julie Dowling, Jeanette Garlett,
Naomi Grant, Linda James, Bradley Kickett, Rohin Kickett, Norma MacDonald,
Janine McAulley Bott, Esther McDowell, Lewis Nannup, Daniel Roe, Lea Taylor,
Jo Ugle, Mandy White, Desmond Woodley and Boyden Woods.

Opening celebration Friday 15 February 6:00 pm- 8:30pm
Exhibition continues 16 February – 6 April

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Sculpture by the Sea
Calendar, March 19, Sculpture, Visual arts

Visual Arts: 15th Annual Sculpture By The Sea, Cottesloe

1 – 18 March @ Cottesloe Beach ·
Presented by Sculpture by the Sea ·

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition,
returns to transform the famous white sands of Cottesloe Beach from
1 – 18 March 2019.

Now celebrating its 15th year, the exhibition is one of Perth’s largest
free public events, attracting an estimated 250,000 visitors to explore
the art and create Perth’s own version of the Italian passeggiata.

More than 70 Australian and international artists are set to showcase
their work across the 18-day exhibition. Some of WA’s leading sculptors
exhibiting in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2019 include: Anne Neil,
Stephen Tepper, Alessandra Rossi, Miik Green, Ron Gomboc, Jennifer Cochrane,
Tim Macfarlane Reid, Tony Davis as well as leading emerging artists
Britt Mikkelsen and Jina Lee.

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Lady Willpower
Calendar, February 19, Performing arts, Theatre

Theatre: The Greening of Grace & Lady Willpower

8 – 23 February @ Stirling Theatre, Innaloo ·
Presented by Stirling Theatre ·

Two strong ladies feature in two strong plays for Stirling Theatre’s first
season of 2019.

Presented under the banner of “Grace and Willpower”, The Greening of Grace is
about a woman who changes her politics after traumatic life events while Lady
Willpower is a gentle comedy of bad manners, deceit and a battle of siblings
over a £30 million estate. Written by Australian actor William Zappa and
directed by Tim Riessen, The Greening of Grace highlights that every individual
has the power to change the world.

“The play is told from Grace’s perspective, in retrospect, providing an insight
into how her family provided a catalyst for the change,” Riessen said.
“I was inspired to direct the show by what I saw as a strong character in the
title role. The biggest challenge comes from Grace acting as the narrator –
allowing her to tell her story is crucial but it’s not a one-person show.”

Written and directed by Bob Charteris, Lady Willpower stems from the author’s
fascination of media reports about families fighting over wills.
“I’ve always thought it would make an ideal subject for a comedy,” he said.
The play features Lady Catherine Cadwalladr, a woman who has led an unusual
life and intends to make her last days equally unusual by re-writing her will.
“This causes ructions with her rather nasty and spiteful middle-aged children
who think they are going to get an equal share of the estate,” Charteris said.
“That’s until they discover their mother has certain ‘conditions’.”

“Grace and Willpower” plays at 8pm February 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23
with 2pm matinees February 10 and 17.

Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.

More info:
Or  Morris News: 9446 9120

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