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This weekend’s picks include the Adelaide Youth Orchestra’s first concert of 2015, an Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performance featuring violin virtuoso Sarah Chang, and gigs by singer-songwriters Vance Joy and Kasey Chambers.

The Art Gallery of South Australia is hosting an after-hours Departure event tonight highlighting the works of contemporary artist Bill Viola, and there’s a Harmony Day showcase of music from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South Asia at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Adelaide Youth Orchestra

The AdYO will play several rarely performed classical pieces at its first Maestro Series concert of the year on Saturday at Elder Hall. The concert will open with Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Overture, which artistic director Keith Crellin last played for a 1970 Australian Ballet production. Other works on the program include the Australian premiere of Otaka’s Flute Concerto (played by Elder Conservatorium student Kelsey Robinson), Liszt’s Les Préludes, and Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Maestro Series 1: Poetry begins at 6.30pm.

Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet

Touring on the back of new album Bittersweet, Kasey Chambers and her band will be playing a one-off show at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Saturday night. Bittersweet has already won the 2014 ARIA for Best Country Album and two Golden Guitars, with the title track (recorded with Bernard Fanning) also shortlisted this week for the APRA Song of the Year. Tickets to the Adelaide show are still available.

Departure – Elemental

Tonight’s Departure event at the Art Gallery of South Australia offers a chance to explore the work of contemporary artist Bill Viola, including his installation The Crossing, which brings together the opposing forces of water and fire. The gallery’s Departure events run from 6-10pm and include curator talks, live performances, DJ beats and canapes. Bookings here.

Sarah-ChangASO – Virtuoso Violin

Former child prodigy Sarah Chang (right) will make her debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra this weekend in two concerts at the Adelaide Town Hall. Cheng, who performed with the New York Philharmonic at just eight, will play two solos: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 (which was her audition piece for The Juilliard School when she was five years old) and Ravel’s Tzigane. The Friday and Saturday night concerts, to be led by Scottish conductor Garry Walker, will also feature Britten’s moody Sea Interludes and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  

French Film Festival

There’s just a few days left check out the French Film Festival at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas. This weekend’s screenings include director Jean Renoir’s 1937 anti-war classic Le Grande Illusion, dramas 3 Hearts and French Riveria (both starring Catherine Deneuve), animated children’s film Moomins on the Riveria and the multi-award-winning “story of female empowerment” Girlhood. The full program is online.

Trent Parke: The Black Rose

This Art Gallery of South Australia exhibition of works by Adelaide-based Magnum photographer Trent Parke features hundreds of photographs, largely black and white and mostly shot on film, as well as moving-image works, text and books exploring themes such as pain, loss, birth, death and memory. The exhibition is free and continues until May 12. Read Parke’s interview with InDaily here.

Vance Joy

Melbourne folk-pop singer-songwriter Vance Joy – best-known for his APRA-winning song “Riptide”, which was also Triple J’s Hottest 100 winner in 2014 – is playing at the Thebarton Theatre on Saturday night. Joy is touring nationally on the back of his Dream Your Life Away album, and will be supported at the Adelaide gig by #1 Dads and Airling. Doors open at 7pm; tickets still available.


Relatively SpeakingTherry Dramatic Society

This comedy by British playwright Alan Ayckbourne involves multiple incidents of mistaken identity triggered when Ginny tells her partner she is going to the country to visit her parents when, in truth, she is planning to break off her affair with her older married lover. Relatively Speaking is being presented by the Therry Dramatic Society at the Arts Theatre until March 28.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Independent Theatre

American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night – described as an “autobiographical play of old sorrows, written in tears and blood” – is the Independent Theatre’s first production of 2015. The “long day” of the title occurred in 1912, when O’Neil’s brother learned he had tuberculosis, sparking fears that the anxiety caused by the diagnosis would reignite his mother’s morphine addiction. The play is being presented at The Goodwood Institute from tonight until March 28.

Harmony Day celebrations

A Harmony Day concert at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse on Saturday night will celebrate migration from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia. The program of 10 performances will include the Adelindo Angklung Indonesian bamboo orchestra, African gospel music and dance from Songambele Burundi/Congo gospel band, Bhutanese/Nepali Dancers, and Punjabi Sufi music. The Migration Museum (82 Kintore Avenue) is also hosting a free Harmony Day event from 2-4.30pm on Saturday featuring cooking demos, workshops, music, dance and kids’ activities.


Openair Cinema

Grease is the word – and movie-goers will be encouraged to sing along karaoke-style at tonight’s screening of the classic ’70s film at Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinema in Glenelg. Also showing this weekend is Oscar winner Selma (Saturday), with the music line-up including Alice Haddy, Mr John and Winston Reed. The full Tuesday-Sunday program is available online (psst: they’re showing Fifty Shades of Grey on Thursday). The Openair Cinema continues at the Brian Nadilo Reserve until April 12.

Ignite Unley free outdoor cinema

Family film Jumanji (starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst) will be screened at the Howard Florey Reserve in Fullarton tonight (Friday) as part of Ignite Unley’s program of free outdoor cinema events. There will be food (including popcorn), music and kids’ activities from 6pm, with the movie scheduled to begin at sunset.

Art, Tea & Music at Carrick Hill

The Glenelg Brass Band will perform a selection of ANZAC-era music and tunes from film and stage at a free concert in the grounds of Carrick Hill from 2-4pm on Sunday. The heritage property in Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield, is also currently hosting an exhibition of works by artist Robert Hannaford, including paintings, drawings and sketches, some of which have never been exhibited before. The exhibition will continue until June 28.

do it (adelaide)

Twelve South Australian artists were assigned a particular instruction to produce an artwork for this new exhibition at Samstag Museum. The do it concept began in Paris in 1993 and has since travelled all over the world, with a manual of written instructions that is constantly added to. do it (adelaide) features work in different mediums, with several instructions for museum visitors to interact with and an accompanying archive explaining the history of what is described as an “ever-evolving global art phenomenon”. The exhibition runs until April 25.

On screen

See InDaily’s reviews of the latest films screening in Adelaide:

3 Hearts – French Film Festival
Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Project Almanac
Fifty Shades of Grey
The Theory of Everything

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