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Make a Plan to do Something Fun and Different

Source: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre | Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Archived 24 Oct 2017 - Posted: 27 Aug 2017
A round up of what’s on at The Joan and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

It's nearly spring! If you’ve been hibernating all winter, going straight home from work and slipping into your pjs and sitting in front of the TV then it is time to get back out into the world!

The days are getting slightly longer and it’s time to embrace the best of what’s on locally- so lock in your first warmer month activities now, and make a plan to do something different this spring.

If you love a laugh and are quick off the mark, there are still some tickets to The Wharf Revue 2017, Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September 7:30pm; and Saturday 2 September 2:00pm and 7.30pm. Holding the balance of laughter - The Sydney Theatre Company funsters are back with an all-new, up-to-the-minute, dose of side-splitting sketches and rib-tickling songs. From the highs to the lows, from the good to the bad to the ugly, this will be a parade of the year’s most memorable characters and the moments they’d prefer to forget.

For the music lovers or anyone who’d like a chance to experience all that is fine and good in the classic music world, come along to Classical Dreams - Penrith Symphony Orchestra –Saturday 2 September 8pm or even try something breath taking with Three Sides of Love and Death performed by Sydney’s very own World Music Chamber Orchestra Sunday on 10 September at 5pm. An 11-piece orchestra assembled from musicians of diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds creating new Australian music that traverses cultures, faiths and genres. Exploring the universal themes of unconditional love and rites of passage through stories and sacred music practices, this is a sacred Symphony for everybody!

The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra invites you to discover glorious classics and exquisite music in a whole new way, bringing life to the original colours of Baroque and Classical masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart & Friends, with the beautiful sound of instruments of the period. A sumptuous night of fine music to set spring alight. ONE SHOW ONLY. Saturday 16 September 7:30pm

Of course, The Joan wouldn’t be The Joan without our Morning Melodies, with Wednesday 27 September being the day for Beyond the Danube, at 11am. A spectacular musical event featuring speed violinist Von Dylan, singer Stephen Fischer King and soprano Desiree Regina. The impressive, delightful and versatile repertoire presented includes the ever popular The Blue Danube Waltz, edge-of-your-seat excitement of the William Tell Overture, highlights from Carmen, Gypsy thrills with Czardas, a surprisingly unique rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, plus some fabulous interpretations of Zorba, Unchained Melody, Swan Lake and the Radetzky March to name just a few.

And there is the big and brassy – perhaps a treat for Dad for Father’s Day: The Glen Miller Orchestra; the greatest big band of the 1940s golden era of swing. This concert spectacular features 24 musicians, singers and dancers on stage!  What a better gift than the treat of entertainment at its best. Thursday 14 September 7:30pm.

Or even Puttin on the Ritz, bringing to the stage all that was good and fun in the 20s, the golden age of Hollywood where melody, rhythm and dance was king! An all-singing, all-dancing celebration of some of the most iconic music of all time with special guest Rob Mills, the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and George Gershwin will be brought to life. Tuesday 19 September 2pm & 7:30pm.

School holidays and it is time for kid’s theatre – bring your young ones to experience live theatre locally with Grug and the Rainbow - a Windmill Theatre Company Production. Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September 10am, 12 midday and 2pm. Exquisite puppetry and more of the gentle storytelling that has delighted audiences around the world, this new show has been especially created for the next generation of our littlest theatregoers (and those who just love Grug). Ages 1-5  Duration: 35 minutes

The latest Spring Exhibition Suite Emu Island – Modernism in Place celebrates 75 years of modernist art and living at the Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest.  Once the home and studio of artists Margo and Gerald Lewers, the Gallery site was – and is today – a place of lively debate, artistic creation and exhibition. Emu Island – Modernism in Place in the Main Gallery showcases the work of the Lewers and their immediate contemporaries over the four-decade period of their residence (1942-1978).  In this place, artists and friends gathered and were inspired by the energy and experimentation of the Lewers' home, and beyond, by a rapidly changing world.  The exhibition features work by those at the heart of Sydney Modernism such as: Margo and Gerald Lewers, Frank and Margel Hinder, Judy Cassab, John Olsen, Tony Tuckson, Carl Plate and Robert Klippel among others. 

Elsewhere on the site the legacy of Sydney modernism will be highlighted within the original historic home of Margo and Gerald Lewers, now known as the Lewers House Gallery. The work of eight young contemporary artists who continue to grapple with modernist ideals will be showcased in Young Moderns. These Artists include: Emma Beer, Kieran Butler, Terrence Combos, Mason Kimber, Sanne Koelemij, Nadia Odlum, Elena Papanikolakis, Helen Shelley, Kael Stasce, Kate Tucker.

In Ancher House, now known as the Modernist Research Centre, the work of the Gallery’s 2017 artist in residence Ian Milliss will be exhibited in Shifting Dirt.  The artist takes his place as the youngest member of the legendary 1960s artist venue, Central Street Gallery, which revolutionised abstract art practice in Sydney. Having access to the Gallery’s modernist art collection and archive, Millis has produced an extraordinary text based exhibition which reaches into a worker’s history of place based modernism.

Interested in the history of Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, the gallery garden, modernisim or architecture? Then book in for one of our four free public talks – Modernism in the Garden, 17 September; Into the Archives, 24 September; Modernism in Place, 15 October; and Modernist Art and Architecture 22 October.

And it’s not too early to start planning the next school holiday activities. During the September/October holiday break, the young artists at heart will be able to have fun exploring the properties of modernist artworks through the use of colour, texture, shape and movement as they participate in a workshop based on the latest gallery exhibition - Emu Island: Modernism in Place. Bookings are essential for this activity so please call 4735 1100 or email %98%177%198%165%215%157%167%188%181%186%203%230%225%188%182%204%181%154%152%237%96%159%226%209%157%209%225%228%127%186%236%83.

Or for the dancer keep an eye out for the latest on the September school holiday dance workshops to be held over two fun filled and challenging days at The Joan. Our website is updated daily with information on these workshops where, passionate young dancers can explore four dynamic dance styles under the direction of professional teachers and choreographers.

This article archived 24 Oct 2017

 
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