ASPIRING secondary school student musicians from around Victoria travel to Melbourne for the Regional Talent of the Future Showcase Concert. Mentors from Orchestra Victoria's On the mOVe program handpicked the best musicians in the state to join them in a full orchestra performance on the Hamer Hall stage, the culmination of an eight-month program of workshops and development.
Today 2pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, free, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au
RENOWNED jazz pianist Bob Sedergreen imports classics from The Big Easy tonight with a little help from fellow pianist Adam Rudegeair, bassist Brendan Tsui and drummer Silas Gibson. Swinging from jazz standards to blues, with a few Bourbon Street-inspired originals tossed in, Sedergreen sets the tone in this early show before fronting the keys again in Gianni Marinucci's Swing Train later in the evening.
Tonight 7.30pm, The Paris Cat, 6 Goldie Place, city, $20, 9642 4711, pariscat.com.au
Classical guitar virtuoso Milos Karadaglic (pictured) makes his debut Melbourne appearance tonight. Karadaglic grew up in Montenegro before receiving a scholarship to study at London's Royal Academy of Music. Now 28, he is signed to the Deutsche Grammophon label and released his second album Latino this year. He presents a program including works by Bach, Barrios, Villa Lobos, Albeniz, Theodorakis and Domeniconi.
Tonight 8pm, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, $65-$75, 9699 3333, melbournerecital.com.au
MORE than 400 voices sing together in the With One BIG Voice concert. Fourteen community choirs from Melbourne and Sydney combine for the annual event, the culmination of a year-round With One Voice social inclusion and community wellbeing program run by the Creativity Australia organisation.
Tomorrow 3.30pm-5.30pm, Melbourne Town hall, city, $10-$30, 8679 6088, creativityaustralia.org.au
AUSTRALIA'S brightest opera stars perform under the stars at Opera In The Bowl. Backed by the Opera Australia chorus and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the singers take on the greatest hits of opera including parts of Carmen, Turandot and Lakme, with duets from The Pearlfishers and highlights of La boheme. Featuring Martin Buckingham, Giorgio Caoduro, Nicole Car, Warwick Fyfe and Dominica Matthews.
Tonight 8pm (gates open 4pm), Sidney Myer Music Bowl, King's Domain, Linlithgow Avenue, city, free, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au
AUSTRALIAN author and playwright Barry Oakley's Music follows Jack, a dying man given months to live, as he indulges in music, morphine and whiskey. A bittersweet musing on life, death and relationships, Music is directed by Aidan Fennessy and stars Richard Piper and Janet Andrewartha as Jack's wife Margie. Until December 22.
Today 4pm and 8.30pm, Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $33-$99, 1300 182 183, mtc.com.au
AT FIRST glance, Death of a Comedian reads like an episode of Seinfeld guest-written by Arthur Miller. Penned by Fred Rowan and directed by Bruce Langdon, the play centres on a comedy venue green room, a habitat teeming with anxiety and frustration, and a battle-scarred stand-up comedian gearing up to take on the audience for one last laugh. Starring Kevin Summers and Linden Compassi.
Tonight 7.30pm, tomorrow 6.30pm, La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton, $15-$25, 9347 6142, lamama.com.au
FOR this year's instalment of its Hatched festival (pictured), St Martins Youth Arts Centre employs an approach more akin to a music festival than a standard sit-down theatre performance. Three stages are spread across the complex, with several shows performed in a casual environment throughout the evening. Dubbed the Hatched House Party, the event will also feature live music.
Tonight 7.45pm, Randall Theatre, St Martins Lane, South Yarra, $9-$19, 9867 2477, stmartinsyouth.com.au
LIVE theatre marathons don't get much bigger than soap-a-thon Die Nasty au. Over 52 consecutive hours, a cast of players in a studio on a Brunswick back street will improvise a live soap opera based around this year's theme – 19th century Spain. Audience members can enter at any time with booking options ranging from single entry between 12am and 6am to full weekend passes. The performance concludes at 10pm tomorrow.
Today and tomorrow, Broken Mirror Studio, 2c Staley Street, Brunswick, $5-$60, soapathon.com.au
IT'S a tough gig being a child star. Declan Greene's new work Pompeii, L.A. examines the bloated world of fame through the eyes of an unnamed off-the-rails child actor, who begins seeing things (and people) following a terrible accident. Directed by Matthew Lutton, the play stars Anna Samson and David Harrison. Season runs until December 9.
Today 2.30pm and 7.30pm, tomorrow 5.30pm, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank, $28-$58, 9685 5111, malthousetheatre.com.au
CAROLE King's 1971 album Tapestry is one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, so it's easy to forget she has released 25 albums during her career, as well as penning many more hits for other artists. The prolific and politically active King last visited Australia in 2010 with fellow singer-songwriter James Taylor, and is returning next year on her Natural Woman tour.
February 18, The Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, $99.90-$159.90, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au
BERNADETTE Robinson returns in Songs for Nobodies, the one-woman show written specifically for Robinson by Joanna Murray-Smith under commission by Melbourne Theatre Company's artistic director Simon Phillips. Robinson performs no less than 10 characters comprising five iconic singers, including Judy Garland and Billie Holiday, and five ordinary women transformed by chance encounters with the singers.January 2-13, Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $59-$102, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au