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
Download the Map and Trail PDF
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0432 466 882.
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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 www.thoroughbass.com.au Enquiries: 0411 375 821 Tickets: ClassikOn https://www.classikon.com/?s=thoroughbass
After forging a dazzling country music career that has won her 6 Golden Guitars, and stunning audiences on Dancing with the Stars, Australian favourite, Melinda Schneider steps back in time to pay homage to one of her musical heroes, Doris Day.
Following on from hugely successful capital city seasons of her theatre stage show DORIS, Melinda is bringing the songs from the show that audiences love so much to new territories in a concert format called Melinda Does Doris.
Melinda’s love affair with Doris began when, in childhood, Melinda laid eyes on Calamity Jane, Doris Day’s 1953 film tour de force and was smitten by all she saw.
“She was such a huge talent” she enthuses now, “a triple threat as they say – she could sing, dance and act. I thought then she was the best of everything a woman can be and when I grew up I wanted to be just like her.
This nostalgic celebration includes such timeless hits as “Sentimental Journey”, “Que Sera, Sera”, “Everybody Loves a Lover”, “Secret Love” and a whole slew of hits from “Calamity Jane”, “Love Me or Leave Me” and “The Pajama Game”.
“I am really excited to be able to bring this wonderful music to smaller centres” Melinda says, “I am constantly being asked when are you bringing the Doris music here Melinda, and by putting together this concert version of the show, it all becomes possible!”
View the show trailer here!
Doors open: 3pm
Show starts 3:30pm
Starring Vic Trevino Jnr, Ben Thompson and Justin Shandor
Due to overwhelming demand, Elvis an American Trilogy, the show that embodies the essence of The King, is back in Australia this September. Three of the world’s leading Elvis performers will take the audience on a spellbinding journey through the many eras of The King, a 20th century icon and one of the world’s most recognisable figures.
The show begins with Vic Trevino Junior, who is returning to Australia for his fifth tour. Vic captures the audience with his raw rockabilly sound and feel combined with some of the best Elvis dance moves.
Ben Thompson, winner of the 2018 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest, takes the role of Elvis in his movie years and the ‘68 comeback special. He effortlessly recreates him straight out of the army and into black leather, personifying this period with all the songs and sex appeal that was Elvis.
Since the passing of Elvis there has never been a tribute artist that has captivated the look, moves and sound, more than Justin Shandor. He is the only tribute artist to make the front page of USA Today, feature in Vogue Magazine and perform on The David Letterman Show. Justin transcends the Aloha From Hawaii concert with the voice and the shy but charming banter.
Don’t miss the ultimate Elvis experience!
Doors open 3pm
As an artist Wendy Matthews has an expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it. Her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace, In an age where uber-production techniques are thought to be hip and cynicism an attribute, Wendy has proven that commitment to beauty is still not only valid but applauded by the public ear. This is exemplified by the reality that Wendy’s music is now in more than 1 million homes in Australia and all her albums to date have multi-platinum status. Wendy has an immense talent and capacity to capture and define a diverse range of styles in her music. She takes songs from every genre and makes them her own; from jazz to blues, from rock to gospel, from soul to outright infectious pop and then, of course, there are the beautiful ballads.
Doors 6pm – Support 7.30pm – Wendy Mathews – 8.30pm Meals available on the night.
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Sunday, Jan 19th, 12:00PM – 3:00PM.
Treat yourself to High Tea at Peppers Manor House accompanied by sumptuous live music provided by acclaimed singer/pianist Anton Koritni. Relax in The Great Hall and indulge your senses with a feast of high tea and music in an elegant country retreat that exudes old world charm. Anton Koritni will be bringing the Grand Piano to life from 12:00PM – 3:00PM. Bookings Essential +61 2 4860 3111