The Highlands is known for the strength and creativity of its artistic community. Practitioners of all levels, from national icons to enthusiastic amateurs, come to the area for the cool air, natural beauty and lifestyle which combine to provide an inspirational environment in which to create. The region supports a vibrant Arts/Culture ethos that is reflcted in the wealth of events, performances, exhibitions and festivals that occur
through every season, all year. As a dedicated Arts & Culture site for the Southern Highlands, ARTSfie is both a teaser for the spectacular creative offerings of the region, and a calendar of events for various cultural happenings during the year. We trust that you enjoy what you see and look forward to meeting you here in the
November is Southern Highlands ARTS Trail time! Visual artists across the Highlands open their studio doors for visitors to explore their creative habitats and purchase works direct from the maker. Exhibiting artists range from full-time professionals to emerging artists across genres including painting, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, photography, sculpture and printmaking. Many of our galleries also participate with Trail-specific exhibitions.
2020 Map and Trail PDFs will be available for download in late October.
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After the highly successful concert at BAMF 2019, Myee Clohessy formed the Highlands Music Collective (HMC) to gather local musicians who share her pursuit of excellence and great passion for music. Talented local clarinettist, Alexandra Donaldson will join them as soloist in Finzi’s virtuosic Five Bagatelles which showcase the deep, tender hues and versatility of the clarinet. To salute the end of the 2020 Bowral autumn Music Festival, the HMC will be joined by The Roma Strings (a local ensemble of talented teenagers) M for Mozart’s joyful Divertimento in D major.
NB: Admission by ticket only. Tickets available on line; at Powerpoint Music Bowral and Destination Southern Highlands Mittagong (Ph: 1300 657 559). Also at the door.
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The annual Bowral Sculpture Prize always proves to be an interesting collection of works from many very talented artists.
Please join us at the Official Opening on Friday at 6:30pm for drinks and nibbles.
Or drop in Saturday 29th February – 8th March between 10:00am – 4:00pm.
This Prize is sponsored by Dr Tony Emmett.
First Prize: $2,000 Second Prize: $500.
The judge this year will be Campbell Robertson Swann.
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Music For A New Morning featuring John Martin, piano and Richard Lane, Tenor at The Rose Room, 51F Sunninghill Avenue, Burradoo, architect-designed performance space with state-of-the-art acoustics and grand piano. Afternoon tea with wine and canapes too as part of ticket price of just $30.
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Händel: Friend or Foe? will feature alluring sonatas and duets for 2 baroque cellos by Händel, Bononcini, Geminiani, Lanzetti, Porpora and Haym. Through their compositions, Premier Baroque Cello Duo Cellissimo – with Belinda Manwaring & Tim Blomfield, will draw you into the London music scene rivalries that split the mid-18th century music-loving public into 2 broad musical camps. On one side were the defenders of the more conventional Italian opera style, who idolised the composer and cellist Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747) and brought him to London. Meanwhile, enthusiasts of Händel’s new-style operas threw their lot in with the more recently arrived German. Satirically, the partisanship was captured in verse by contemporary poet John Byrom:
“Some say, compar’d to Buononcinny,
That Mynheer Handel’s but a Ninny.
Others aver, that he to Handel
Is scarcely fit to hold a Candle:
Strange that this difference there should be
Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee!”
Ticket Prices & Booking Details/Link: $38/$35 conc. Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/handel-friend-or-foe-tickets-89943458305?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
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A fundraising Concert of Chamber Music for the National Braille Music Camp is being held in St Jude’s Church Bowral on Saturday 22 February at 5.00pm. Local performers on strings, wind, brass, vocal and piano will perform music by Mozart, Schubert and others. The National Braille Music Camp is held in July at Frensham and draws blind music students from across Australia. Funds from this concert assist with travel costs and bursaries. Admission: $40 ($20 under 18). Tickets www.trybooking.com & Destination Southern Highlands (1300 657 559). Further information: email@example.com or 0432 466 882.
The Mater Chorale was formed in 2005 to sing at the centenary celebrations of The Mater Misericordiae Hospital in North Sydney. In 2019 it toured England singing Evensong is some of the country’s great cathedrals. At their Service of Evensong in St Jude’s Church, they will sing music by the Irish composer Charles Wood and the English composer William Harris. The Mater Chorale is directed by Michael Deasey, former organist at St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney and All Saints Cathedral Bathurst.
Soul Time is a unique event for Bowral providing a welcome opportunity to reflect on inspiring themes and common threads linking us all together.
Soul Time features live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors and indigenous cultures, from all over the world.
The purpose of Soul Time is to inspire us to transform our lives, and our communities, with actions that promote social betterment and unity.
Soul Time is a free event open to all as a community service initiative of the Bahá’ís of Wingecarribee
It’s a beautiful way to inspire people, to bring people together no matter what their religion or spiritual beliefs and spend a thoughtful nurturing hour at a lovely location, to be inspired about how the world could look…
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Skye McIntosh – Artistic Director
Australian Haydn Ensemble
A program inspired by eighteenth century leaders and armies including Haydn’s Emperor quartet and Military symphony.
Boccherini’s playful flute quintet Las Parejas (The Couples) opens our season. The title refers to a Spanish horse race in which two horsemen ride hand in hand. Boccherini infuses the quintet with a military flavour, reminiscent of his famous work Night Streets of Madrid.
Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3 The Emperor, one of his most famous, takes its nickname from the beautiful second movement set of variations based on the theme of ‘Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser’ (God Save Emperor Francis), an anthem Haydn wrote for Emperor Francis II. Along with this, the Ensemble performs Mozart’s string quartet The First Prussian dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II, an amateur cellist.
AHE also presents Salomon’s compelling chamber arrangement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 nicknamed The Military. Over the past seven years, the Ensemble has explored many of the chamber versions of Haydn’s London Symphonies arranged by his dear friend Salomon and we are excited to bring this one to our audiences in 2020.
Combine a day trip to Robertson with a chance to try out a musical instrument! This free event is for people over 55 and carers and is part of the NSW Seniors Festival. Spend the morning rediscovering your inner musician with a chance to try out that instrument you have only ever dreamed of….There will be local musicians and teachers to demonstrate and you are encouraged have a go. Various instruments will be available to try, including guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, drums, clarinet, flute, saxophone, piano and trombone. Morning tea including barista made coffee is included.
Stay for the day and have lunch at a local cafe and browse the Robertson shops afterwards.
It will be a fun and light-hearted morning and a chance to do something different with a group of friends.
Bookings can be made online at www.trybooking.com/BHHGO
All NSW Seniors and Carers Welcome!
Thoroughbass presents Short Stories with internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Tsalka and Thoroughbass director and harpsichordist Diana Weston.
Duo partners Diana and Michael reveal the stories within the music in informal settings inviting intimacy and connection. They invite you to join them as they journey through the emotional landscape of Schubert’s famous Fantasia in f minor, re-awaken the joy of hearing about Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast and Tom-Thumb from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and share Debussy’s fascination with the exotic in Six Epigraphes Antiques.
Both Michael and Diana have had many new works composed for them. True to form, they present some of these varied and unique duets and pieces for piano and harpsichord. Ann Carr-Boyd’s serenely beautiful Moonrise over Lake Argyle, Diana Blom’s sultry tango Night Music and Aspasia Nasopoulou’s mythical Io are but a few – all with their own stories.
Michael Tsalka – Piano | Harpsichord
Diana Weston – Harpsichord | Piano
Where & When
BURRADOO – Saturday 18 April | The Rose Room, 51F Sunninghill Ave | 4.00pm
Enquiries: 0411 375 821
Tickets: ClassikOn https://www.classikon.com/?s=thoroughbass
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