FESTIVAL FUN: The annual Cooroy Fusion Festival has something for all ages, from grandkids to grandparents.
FESTIVAL FUN: The annual Cooroy Fusion Festival has something for all ages, from grandkids to grandparents.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

NOOSA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

THE ANNUAL festival is on May 16-20. It's a love affair of great food, wine, live music and entertainment in one of Australia's favourite foodie destinations, Noosa. Whether you are looking for beachfront brunches, dinners with celebrity chefs, live cooking demonstrations or a party under the stars, there's something for everyone in their 2019 program.

Go to noosafoodandwine.com.au.

SUNSHINE COAST ORIANA CHOIR

THE Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir is delighted to bring you Mendelssohn's magnificent Oratorio Elijah, in collaboration with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, renowned choral conductor Andrew Wailes, and soloists Daniel Smerdon, Elisabeth Wallis Gaedtke, Anne Fulton and Phillip Prendergast. This choral and orchestral masterwork depicts events in the life of the Biblical prophet, Elijah, and is considered one of the greatest choral works still being performed the world over. Whether one is a believer or not, the power and drama of the story, combined with Mendelssohn's beautiful music, promise you an uplifting, exciting, inspirational experience. On Saturday, May 18 from 7pm at the Caloundra Events Centre on (07) 5491 4240. Tickets range from $20-39.

Go to theeventscentre.com.au or email info@oriana. org.au. We are a not-for profit organisation.

SENIOR MOMENTS

SENIOR Moments is on at the The Events Centre Caloundra on May 24 and 25. It's a 90-minute comedy revue with a deliciously funny and fresh collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast who are old enough to know better. Gold Logie winner John Wood (Blue Heelers, Rafferty's Rules), Play School icon Benita Collings, master satirist Max Gillies (The Gillies Report) with former Channel 9 Midday maestro Geoff Harvey on piano, all combine to deliver a somewhat silly show for otherwise sensible seniors.

For details and tickets, go to theeventscentre.com.au/product/senior-moments-2.

SYMPHONY BY THE SEA

'SIMPLY CLASSICAL' concert performed by The Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 11 from 2-4.30pm at the Coolum Civic Centre, Park Street, Coolum Beach. Saturday of the mother's day weekend. Afternoon tea provided.

For more information , phone Tony (treasurer) 0417 001 590 or Rosemary (secretary) 0448 102 288 or email Secretary@development watch.org.au. Tickets: Advance $24, General $22, Concession at the door $26, General $24, Concession (Children under 12: free). To purchase online, go to developmentwatch.org.au (PayPal or direct deposit provide name as reference and collect prepaid tickets at door).

For direct deposit details, contact: Sandy Pages, Pacific on Coolum, 21 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach, phone (07) 5351 1511 or Annies Books on Peregian, Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach, phone (07) 5448 2053.

CALOUNDRA CHORALE AND THEATRE COMPANY

PLEASANT Sunday Afternoon (PSA) Concerts provide a "communal musical experience" and have been doing so for the past 30 plus years. The concerts, held on the first Sunday of each month from May to October, also provide performance opportunities for many talented people and low cost entertainment to the community. The PSA series for 2019 kicks off on Sunday, May 5: at the CCSA Hall, Nutley St, Caloundra at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and $5 for Friends of Chorale, afternoon tea included. No need to book just turn up at 1.30pm. June 2: Variety concert showcasing two instrumental groups Bits and Pieces and the Gekko Brothers who will play familiar dance music. Other artists include: organiser Bev Gourlay singing solos and duets with baritone Aart Schouten, modern singer Robyn Streiner and crooner Trevor Mitchell and two young dancers from En Pointe Ballet. Wonderful talent and variety. CCSA Hall, Nutley St, Caloundra 1.30pm for 2pm start. General admission at the door is $10 and $5 for FOC, which includes afternoon tea. These concerts raise funds for the Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company.

Inquiries phone Ann on (07) 5437 2719. June 4: Forbidden Broadway - by arrangement with OriginTM Theatrical on behalf of Theatrical Rights Worldwide, New York. Forbidden Broadway previews 7.30pm Tuesday, June 4. Tickets $22. Other performances: Fridays, June 7, 14, 21, 7.30pm. Ticket prices $32 adults, $29 concession, $26 for FOC/Members/Groups $15 for children. CCTC Theatre, 3 Piringa St, Wurtulla. For bookings, phone 0490 329 912.

ARIOSO CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

SERENATA lovers of Baroque music will be pampered with a selection of rarely heard yet stunningly beautiful works performed by Arioso Chamber Ensemble. These concerts are presented as part of the 4MBS Festival of Classics and will be held at 2pm on Saturday, May 4 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 115 Eumundi Road, Noosaville and noon on Sunday, May 5 at Caloundra Regional Gallery, 22 Omrah Ave, Caloundra.

The programme will include Antonio Vivaldi's arias "Sovente il sole" from "Andromeda liberata", "Vedrò Con Mio Diletto" from "Il Giustino", "Mentre dormi, Amor fomenti" from "L'Olimpiade" and motet "Nulla in mundo pax sincera". Instrumental works will include Corelli's famous "Follia" from "Sonate a Violino e Violone o Cimbalo" op 5 and De Fesch Cello Sonata in D minor op 8.

Arioso Chamber Ensemble brings together the talents and experience of leading specialists in Baroque performance. Judit Molnar (soprano), Margaret Caley (baroque violin), Belinda Manwaring (baroque cello) and Janet Brewer (harpsichord). Formed in January 2014 for the "Music by the Sea" Festival, Sandgate, they have since performed at many festivals and concert series, including Brisbane City Hall, 4MBS Festival of Classics, Caloundra Fringe Festival, New England Bach Festival, and Robert Channon Winery. The group aims to present high quality engaging performances and workshops with an emphasis on Historically Informed Practice. Tickets cost $28 (full), $25 (concession, EMSQ members, 4MBS subscriber) and $7 (school student).

Bookings recommended, go to ariosochamber ensemble/concerts.

Phone (07) 5446 8128.

SING, SING, SING-ALONG

LOOKING for a nostalgic afternoon singing some of your favourite songs? Then, join the Buderim Male Choir at St Peter's Coolum on Saturday, June 1 or at St Mark's, Buderim on Saturday, June 22. Based on the popular TV series Sing Along With Mitch, the Buderim Male Choir will lead these two concerts with a difference - assisted by the projection of the lyrics. The audience will be encouraged to have lots of fun singing so many favourites from the past 50 years.

Admission to both concerts will be $15 and part of the proceeds will go to the choir's charity partners St Vincent de Paul's Fund for the homeless at Coolum and Bloomhill Cancer Care at Buderim. These concerts are proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Buderim Foundation.

Phone Rod on (07) 5456 4473.

AHN DO RETURNS

HE'S back on the Coast on June 12 at the The Events Centre Caloundra. Ahn Do's show is a wonderful mix of comedy, personal stories and insights to a person who has travelled along way in his life. His stage show combines stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.

Go to theeventscentre.com.au.

TEN TENORS IN LOVE

LOVE is in the Air on May 21 at The Events Centre Caloundra. The Ten Tenors want to share their songs of love - All You Need Is love to Money Can't Buy Me Love, How Deep Is Your Love to The Look Of Love, and the enduring classic The Book Of Love. The Ten Tenors are embracing love and will be singing some of the most popular feel-good love songs and wedding first dance songs of all time. They'll cover many of your favourite romantic tunes, from pop songs with a twist to classic love songs, and even a few of the most famous and touching love arias in existence. For anyone with a soft spot for a tender tune, this is an experience not to be missed.

For details and tickets, go to theeventscentre.com.au/product/the-ten-tenors-love-is-in-the-air.

GO ADVENTURING OUTDOORS

THERE is a newly launched outdoor activity website - adventure.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au - where you can find free Coast adventures. Over 150 free, self-guided walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding and canoeing activities are listed on Adventure Sunshine Coast. It's the ultimate guide to the great outdoors of the Sunshine Coast. Designed for all ages and abilities, there are land and water trails across 53 local areas.

COOROY FUSION FESTIVAL

THE annual festival is on May 11, from 9am-3pm. It's a celebration of local artists, entertainers, artisans, food, community groups and much more. Held in Apex Park, Cooroy Library, Butter Factory Arts Centre, CWA Hall & Cooroy Memorial Hall, the fusion of community events combines the annual show of the Noosa District Orchid and Foliage Society and the Lifeline Cooroy Denim sale as well as the Cooroy Bendigo Bank Entertainment Tent, community group stalls and sensational food and market stalls. Cooroy Library houses classes, presentations and demonstrations all day ranging from Tai-Chi for the young at heart to Lego for the grandkids plus a great literary component with a book sale and authors signings. The Butter Factory Arts Centre also houses workshops and exhibitions.

Go to cooroyfusionfestival. com.au.

VERDI REQUIEM

VENUE 114 at Kawana will host a massed choir featuring the voices from the Sunshine Coast Choral Society and the Noosa Chorale, accompanied by The Requiem Orchestra and four nationally-acclaimed soloists, conducted by Adrian King, will perform Giuseppe Verdi's beautiful and popular musical setting of the Requiem. It's on June 2, starting at 2pm. Cost is $35.

Go to scvenuesandevents. com.au.