Clas­si­cal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Stephen Romei

(M) In his ap­peal­ing new film Robert De Niro is cast counter to re­cent type: he’s calm, not cranky. Ben Whit­taker is 70 and re­tired from a long and suc­cess­ful cor­po­rate ca­reer; he has had a good life. He lives alone and doesn’t know quite what to do with him­self. A so­lu­tion presents from an un­ex­pected quar­ter: the world of e-com­merce. Ben is as­signed to work with the com­pany’s young founder and ex­ec­u­tive Jules Ostin (Anne Hath­away). One of the at­trac­tive as­pects of Nancy Meyer’s film is that it doesn’t labour the gen­er­a­tion gap and tech­nol­ogy gulf jokes, and in­deed soon leaves them be­hind to ex­plore more in­ter­est­ing ideas.

Simshar Opera Aus­tralia Cho­rus in Con­cert The Opera Aus­tralia Cho­rus, made up of 40 vo­cal­ists, will per­form a pro­gram of choral mu­sic by the great com­posers of the past two cen­turies. In­cludes mu­sic by Verdi, Puc­cini, Brahms, Rossini, Bern­stein, Poulenc and Wag­ner. St James Angli­can Church, 173 King Street, Syd­ney. Thurs­day and Fri­day, 7pm. Tick­ets: $35$70. Book­ings: (02) 9685 3700.

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