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That’s arts and entertainment: CSO to turn 70 in style

CSO to turn 70 in style

New works and emerging composers have a central place in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) 2020 program, New Spaces – the farewell season for long-time Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM.

The program also features symphonic masterworks from Saint-Saens to Mahler, and a Best of British tribute to the Last Night of the Proms.

Artist in Focus, Umberto Clerici, principal cellist for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, will appear as a soloist, conductor and mentor to the CSO’s incoming Kingsland Resident Artists.

Curated by Professor Matthew Hindson AM, the CSO’s signature Australian Series will feature numerous commissioned works and world premieres.

“I feel deeply honoured to have been part of the rich and vibrant history of the CSO,” says Milton, reflecting on his 14-year tenure.

Over the course of the 2020 season, Milton will conduct four concerts. His successor will be announced next year.

Bringing The Hope to Canberra schools

Kulture Break CEO and founder Francis Owusu (right) says the highly engaging and interactive dance and music presentation of The Hope Tour will leave a positive impact on students. Photo: Kerrie Brewer.

Canberra charity youth services provider Kulture Break is currently bringing The Hope Tour, run in conjunction with New York-based dance crews The Nubian Gents and Feminine Fire, to 12 Canberra schools.

Led by prominent school teacher Lamont O’Neil, The Nubian Gents and Feminine Fire use dance as a vehicle of creative expression and give opportunities for young people in New York to receive mentoring and peer support.

Kulture Break CEO and founder Francis Owusu says the highly engaging and interactive dance and music presentation will leave a positive impact on students.

“This tour aims to ignite hope, and encourage students not to give up,” he says.

The Hope Tour will perform at South.Point Tuggeranong on 3 August 1-2pm.

Three years since a lightbulb moment

Since 2016, Canberra’s premier improv troupe Lightbulb Comedy has taken to local stages with their fresh take on comedy.

They have performed at Art, Not Apart, the Canberra Comedy Festival, and take the stage every month with their variety show Switched On at Smith’s Alternative.

To celebrate their third birthday, Lightbulb is putting on a birthday show full of comedy and free cake tonight, 1 August.

Lightbulb co-founders, Lou Maconachie and Amy Crawford, describe it as theatre without a script.

“We are the writers, the directors and performers all at once. It’s live collaboration and often uses suggestions from audiences to inspire sketches,” they say.

Lightbulb Comedy’s third birthday show will be held tonight, 1 August 7-9pm at Smith’s Alternative, Civic; $10/$15.

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