A traditional Japanese noh play takes the form of a dream or illusion sequence in which the main character is unable to leave their human form at death because of some kind of karmic hindrance. In this new English language noh play, American scientist Robert J. Oppenheimer, developer of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, is unable to move on after death, tortured by the consequences of his research and searching for redemption. The production is a collaboration between professors Allan Marett from Sydney and Richard Emmert from Tokyo, actor-director Matsui Akira, and performers from Theatre Nohgaku. Music Workshop Theatre, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street. Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm. Tickets: $45$65. Bookings: (02) 9351 1438.
Carnival of the Animals Tan Wei: True Music of Erhu Soloist Tan Wei is one of the world’s masters of the erhu (a two-stringed fiddle also known as the Chinese violin), impressing Sydney audiences in 2013 performing Tan Dun’s score from the Ang Lee film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In this concert, she will perform a program of modern erhu compositions with a chamber ensemble. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street. Tomorrow, 2pm. Tickets: $15-$25. Bookings: (02) 9351 2222 or online.