Press Release | 28 December 2017
Music lovers will be able to enjoy free performances from some of Australia’s best loved singers when The Classics concert series returns to Stonnington’s parks and gardens this summer.
Performers at The 2018 Classics concert series include Rob Mills, Bobby Fox, Clare Bowditch, Dimity Shepherd and Shakira Tsindos with the concerts set to cover the genres of Opera - 3 February, Broadway - 10 February and Symphony - 24 February.
City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos congratulated the series’ newly appointed artistic directors for bringing together an exciting range of talent from across the musical landscape.
“Thanks to the commitment and vision of The Classics’ directors, the Stonnington community will be able to enjoy some fantastic music and performances,” he said.
“I would like to encourage you all to get along to at least one of these performances, which will all take place outdoors in Stonnington’s historic parks and gardens.”
The Classics: Opera, Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm at Victoria Gardens, High St, Prahran
Award winning Australian director, Cameron Menzies will bring Puccini’s tragic love story, Madama Butterfly to the stage with an abridged version performed in the round with an accomplished principal cast and beautiful Japanese influenced costumes.
You can look forward to performance by Helpmann Award nominated Dimity Shepherd as Suzuki; and emerging operatic star Michael Petruccelli, renowned for his pure, glowing tenor.
It will also feature Conductor: Dr Kathleen McGuire with a live eleven-piece orchestra, and Mairi Nicolson as the host.
The Classics: Broadway, Saturday 10 February, 7.30pm at Ardrie Park, Ardrie Rd, Malvern East
This will be a joyous celebration of some of the best new contemporary music, including songs from Hamilton, Jersey Boys, Wicked, and Beauty and the Beast to name just a few.
Hosted by stage and screen star, Rob Mills this night will include performances by Bobby Fox; Lisa-Marie Parker; Simon Gleeson; Zahra Newman and emerging artist Imogen Spendlove.
Resident Director, The Bodyguard The Musical, Christopher Parker will direct the performance, which will feature musical direction by Daniel Puckey with an eight-piece band.
The Classics: Symphony, Saturday 24 February, 7.30pm at Malvern Gardens, High St, Malvern
ARIA award-winning songwriter Clare Bowditch will be a guest artist at this event and perform two of her original songs with the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and a new solo work.
The night will be hosted by Sian Prior with Artistic Director, Conductor and Violin soloist Roy Theaker, the Stonnington Symphony Orchestra and orchestral arrangement by Nicholas Buc.
The Classics: Opera
Saturday 3 February, 7.30pm
Victoria Gardens, High St, Prahran
The Classics: Broadway
Saturday 10 February, 7.30pm
Ardrie Park, Ardrie Rd, Malvern East
The Classics: Symphony
Saturday 24 February, 7.30pm
Malvern Gardens, High St, Malvern
For more information, visit stonnington.vic.gov.au/classics.