The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

In 2009, pho­tog­ra­pher Bryan Mar­den ful­filled a life­long am­bi­tion to pho­to­graph the peo­ple, the land and the life of the Mid­dle East, a place that is steeped in an­cient bi­b­li­cal his­tory and racked by the forces of of­ten bru­tal regimes. The new show, which co­in­cides with mis­sile strikes or­dered by Don­ald Trump on Syria, fo­cuses on the cities Mar­den pho­tographed: Da­m­as­cus, Aleppo and Palmyra. Soon af­ter his trav­els, these cities were turned into blood­ied bat­tle­grounds in the on­go­ing Syr­ian civil war. Mar­den’s work cap­tures the peace and in­no­cence that have dis­ap­peared into rub­ble. The In­cin­er­a­tor Gallery, 2 Small Street, Wil­loughby. Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, 5pm. In­quiries: (02) 8188 2220 or on­line. Un­til April 22. Fa­ther John Misty (pic­tured) will be ex­tend­ing his stay for Splen­dour in the Grass with a sideshow at the Metro Theatre. His most re­cent al­bum, Pure Com­edy, will be per­formed, along with pop­u­lar songs from his back cat­a­logue. Fa­ther John Misty has emerged as a sin­gu­lar, if not idio­syn­cratic, voice. Tick­ets to his pre­vi­ous Aus­tralian shows sold out fast and with a more in­ti­mate venue planned this time around, seats won’t re­main avail­able for long. The Metro Theatre, 624 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. July 23, 8pm. Tick­ets: $79.90. Book­ings: (02) 9550 3666 or on­line. El­gar’s Cello Con­certo Dutch cel­list Har­riet Kri­jgh will be joined by the Syd­ney Sym­phony Orches­tra in a per­for­mance of El­gar’s heartwrench­ingly beau­ti­ful Cello Con­certo. Vaughn Wil­liams’s Sym­phony No 5 will be played with dra­matic tension af­ter the in­ter­val. Syd­ney Opera House, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. April 20, 1.30pm; April 21, 8pm; and April 23, 2pm. Tick­ets: $39-$149. Book­ings: (02) 8215 4600 or on­line. Span­ish Baroque Join the Aus­tralian Bran­den­burg Orches­tra and Circa for this fu­sion of con­tem­po­rary cir­cus and Span­ish baroque. With a pas­tic­cio cre­ated by Paul Dyer and Circa artis­tic di­rec­tor Yaron Lif­s­chitz of mu­sic from the ARIA

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