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 Southern Highlands.
The Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail is held every year in November. It is an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to open their studio doors and welcome visitors to explore their creative habitats. Exhibiting artists include full-time professionals as well as emerging artists across a range of media; painting (traditional and contemporary), ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, furniture, textiles, photography, garden sculpture and printmaking
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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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The Second Concert of the 2020 Bowral Autumn Music Festival presents talented emerging artists Mikaela Sukkar , oboist with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Hamish Wagstaff, Acting Assistant Organist and Conductor at Christ Church St Lawrence. Their beautiful program includes music from the rarely heard German princess, Anna Amelia and a new work composed especially for them by fellow Sydney Conservatorium graduate, Sarah Elise Thompson. 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 Third concert of the 2020 Bowral Autumn Music Festival features music by three famous female composers: Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Amy Beach. Amy Beach was one of the most celebrated composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, but have you heard of her? Like Fanny Mendelssohn, who was banned by her father from publishing her compositions, and Clara Schumann, who due to social constraints believed ‘a woman must not desire to compose’, Amy Beach was also told her distinguished concert career must stop once she wed her husband. In spite of these restrictions, these three remarkable women wrote over 700 works between them. BAMF’s Ensemble in Residence, Acacia Quartet and Pianist Aura Go are proud to dedicate their concert to these exceptional women, all brilliant pianists and composers of their day. NB: Admission by ticket only. Tickets available on line; at Powerpoint Music Bowra;l and Destination Southern Highlands Mittagong (Ph: 1300 657 559). Also at the door.
The Fourth concert of the 2020 Bowral Autumn Music Festival is an Organ Recital by International Concert Organist David Reccia Chynoweth. Originally from Canberra, David Reccia Chynoweth now resides in Italy having furthered his musical tuition in Organ Performance, Piano, Composition and Harpsichord in Europe and receiving a Diploma in Organ with distinction from the Conservatorium of Music in Frosinone, Italy. David then completed a Master of Music majoring in Organ at the Univeritat fur Musik in Vienna. He has performed extensively in Austria, the USA, Spain, Germany, Australia and England. 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.
The Fifth Concert of the 2020 Bowral Autumn Music Festival features Ensemble Offspring. Known as Australia’s award-winning new music champions, Ensemble Offspring will be joined by narrator Katia Molino (theatre Kantanka/NORPA) for a fun performance for children and the young at heart! Listen carefully to the violin, cello, clarinet, flute and percussion with Holly Harrison’s whimsical ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ and Ned Gowan’s cheeky piece, ‘Annabel’ about a princess who is good every day, except on Saturdays! This will bring out the inner child in you . . . 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.
Piano Recital by Aura Go. Following graduate studies at the Yale School of Music, pianist Aura Go was based in Helsinki for seven years, where she completed her doctorate at the Sibelius Academy and became a sought-after performer for Finnish works. While living overseas, Aura made numerous recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation and became a frequent performer across the Nordic region and at international music festivals. In Australia, Aura has performed at the Melbourne international Arts Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Huntington Estate Music Festival. Aura Go’s solo recital at the festival is kindly sponsored by Musica Viva “FutureMakers’ program and will feature lyrical Romantic repertoire from Finland, Sweden and Norway. 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.
Concert VII of the 2020 Bowral Autumn Music Festival will feature Taryn Fiebig and the Acacia Quartet with music by Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Alfred Hill and others. Helpmann Award-winning soprano, Taryn Fiebig is one of Australia’s most beloved leading ladies. Known for her incredible range of roles, Taryn steps away from the Opera House to sing in an intimate recital with our Festival favourites, the esteemed Acacia Quartet. This will be an evening to remember so book early! 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.
The annual Festival Service for the 2020 Bowral Autumn Music Festival in St Jude’s Church will feature music by renowned English composers Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Charles Villiers Stanford and Charles Hubert H Parry.
Concert VIII of the 2020 Bowral Autumn Music Festival features Bel a Cappella and organist Hamish Wagstaff. Founded in 1995, Bel a Cappella is a Sydney based chamber choir dedicated to the performance of diverse, sublimely beautiful and powerfully evocative choral music. Anthony Pasquill has been Musical Director since 2009 and has led Bela Cappella on two international tours of Europe, with performances at St Peter’s Basilica (rome), St Mark’s Basilica (venice), Melk Abbey (austria) The Schonbrunn Palace (vienna) as well as churches in Berlin, Leipzig, Prague, Dresden, Hodonin, Budapest and Krakow. Their program includes the Bach Motet “Jesu , meine Freude”. 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.
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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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