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Bruce CarmichaelIt’s a very Christmasy DRESS CIRCLE this week.  Canberra Theatre Centre supremo, Bruce Carmichael (pictured) unwraps the 2015 Canberra Theatre Centre program to reveal what’s inside.

Len Power tells whose been nominated the 2014 CAT Awards.  Isobel Griffin hands out some theatrical treats in “Arts Diary” and Blue the Shearer sounds a little warning about the mental elf.

In the “Red Velvet and Wild Boronia” segment, we present the second of three programs featuring excerpts from Gery Scott’s cabaret “I Love Larry” in which she sings the songs of  Lorenz Hart, and we may even slip in a couple of favourite Christmas songs.

90 minutes of interviews, reviews, music and news about the performing arts in Canberra and beyond “Dress Circle” is produced and presented by Bill Stephens and broadcast by Artsound FM 92.7 every Sunday evening from 5.00pm until 6.30pm, repeated on Tuesday nights from 11.30pm and streamed live on the internet at


New Orleans Calling - 4PM Sat 20 Dec 2014

Holiday time in New Orleans is a chance to catch up with old friends at home, eat local traditional local, and immerse yourself in a city that knows how to enjoy itself. Christmas in the Crescent City is fun.   So in this episode we're paying holiday visits to some musicians at home, and then chatting about Creole holiday foods and feasts with a James Beard Award winning chef. And we're listening to some classic seasonal songs given a New Orleans touch, as well as some playful original holiday tracks by great local musicians. And we end at a bonfire on the Mississippi levee, guiding Papa Noel on his way on Christmas Eve. Hosted by George Ingmire (from WWOZ New Orleans).


FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! 8-10PM 19 Dec 2014


Katerina was born in the Soviet Union and moved to Australia when she was 9. She has been playing the piano since she was 4 and started singing at about 14.  She did a Bachelor of Music (jazz vocals) and Law at Monash University, and now works as a part time lawyer at Snedden Hall and Gallop and dedicates the rest of her time to music and songwriting.   She will be joined tonight by local jazz guitarist Victor Rufus.

Growing up in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Victor started learning classical guitar at the age of 8 and fell in love with jazz when he first heard Oscar Peterson at 17. He moved to Canberra to study at the ANU School of Music in 2008 and since then has played around Europe and in New York City. 

Produced and presented by Chris Deacon OAM.  FNL is sponsored by B2B, Canberra's leading business and government magazine.




Kate PetersIn DRESS CIRCLE this week, two former Canberra leading ladies talk to Bill Stephens about their careers after Canberra.  Operatic soprano, Lorina Gore discusses her roles in Opera Australia’s 2015 productions of “La Boheme” and “La Traviata”, and Kate Peters (pictured) talks about her busy theatrical life on the Gold Coast.

In the “Red Velvet and Wild Boronia” segment, jazz legends Gery Scott performs excerpts from her School of Arts café cabaret “I Love Larry” for which she is accompanied on piano by John Black.

Len Power will review the work of several young emerging choreographer’s whose work is on show in QL2’s current presentation “On Course”. Isobel Griffin will present “Arts Diary” and we have a new poem from our resident poet, Blue the Shearer.

90 minutes of interviews, reviews, music and news, DRESS CIRCLE is produced and presented by Bill Stephens and broadcast by Artsound FM 92.7 every Sunday evening from 5.00pm until 6.30pm, repeated on Tuesday nights from 11.30pm and streamed live on the internet at



2 special acts for you. In the first part of the program we present the Benny Lackner Trio. They dropped by our studio during their recent Australian tour and recorded a session that includes material from their new CD "Siskiyou".

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