The Classics

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Our beloved and FREE classical concerts make a triumphant return this summer, with The Classics series returning to the City of Stonnington in February 2023. These concerts are fit for cultural royalty and feature some of Australia’s most acclaimed music and vocal artists that will scintillate audiences with the finest classical music.

Under the artistic direction of award-winning, world-renowned soprano, cabaret artist, producer and creator Ali McGregor, this year’s The Classics: Opera on the Silver Screen will showcase some of the most famous and beautiful operatic arias from pivotal cinematic scenes performed by a cast of six Australian opera singers, accompanied by a twelve-piece chamber orchestra and led by maestra Phoebe Briggs.

This will be followed up by this year’s The Classics: Symphony, where the Stunning 65-piece Stonnington Symphony Orchestra will perform a wonderful selection of well-known classics from classical through to contemporary under the helm of conductor Michael Lichnovsky. Special guest performer Lisa Mitchell will join the Orchestra proceedings with her incredible, ethereal vocals and songs, and the evening will be hosted by one of Australia’s leading actors and triple threat, the one and only Bert LaBonté.

About The Classics

Are the events accessible?

Transport
Access drop-off points will be available at all events for the duration of the events.

Public bathrooms
Accessible toilets will be available.

Hearing loops
Hearing loops are available for the events. Follow the signage near the stage or contact event staff on the day for help.

Help us improve
The City of Stonnington is committed to access and inclusion for all people. We endeavour to make our events as accessible as possible. We recognise that the experience of disability and accessibility is diverse and unique to individuals and that performers and audience members still face barriers to access.

We strive to remove as many of these as possible. We understand that we won’t always get it right, and we always love to receive feedback about how we can improve as well as what we did well.

For any questions or further information, please get in touch with access@stonnington.vic.gov.au

Will there be Auslan Interpretation?

The Classics: Opera on the Silver Screen performance will be Auslan-interpreted.

How can I be sustainable at the concerts? What should I bring?

Please be considerate and leave the park as you found it.

Travel to the event lightly
Hop on your bike, stretch your legs or cruise in on public transport. If you are driving, start the festivities early and carpool with your crew.

You can plan your public transport journey at PTV Journey Planner.

Packing a picnic?
Make sure your hamper's stocked with reusable cutlery, crockery, cups straight from your kitchen cupboards, and any other sustainable picnic items you might need.

Along with your hamper, get comfortable while you enjoy the concert by bringing your own:

  • sustainable picnic rugs
  • cushions
  • hats
  • sunscreen
  • cloth bags
  • water bottles.

Food trucks
If food trucks are more your thing, hand over your reusable plate, bowl, cutlery, and cup, to enjoy a waste-free feast.

Single-use plastic ban
Say no to single-use plastic items and get ahead of the State's single-use plastics ban.

Where can I sit?

There will be designated seating sections and a section for those with higher chairs. Please refer to signage and event staff instructions on the day.

Will there be drinking water available?

There will be a water bottle refill station, so be sure to bring your reusable water bottle.

Can I bring my dog or pet?

All owners are responsible for picking up after their pets.

If you are bringing your pets to the event, they should be on a leash and suitably restrained.

Can I smoke at the event?

Smoking is not permitted at any outdoor events, including community or street festivals, as per the October 2016 amendment to the Tobacco Act 1987.

The Tobacco Act makes it illegal to smoke or vape in many public spaces where people can be exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke or aerosol from an e-cigarette.

Can I buy alcohol at the event?

Alcohol will not be available to purchase at the event. Please note that these are free family events, and we encourage responsible drinking. The general public bringing their own alcohol will be monitored by security.

What happens if I lose my child?

If you lose your child at the event, please contact security personnel or one of the event staff (wearing high visibility 'Event Staff' vests) who will be able to help with reuniting you with your child.

Upon arrival, please register your child at the City of Stonnington's information tent, which will help our event staff in finding your child, in the unlikely scenario that your child gets lost.

Children should not be left unsupervised at any time.

How to stay Covid safe?

To minimise or reduce the risk of Covid-19, please follow the below steps:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 1.5m when queuing or choosing a picnic spot on the lawn.
  • Wash and sanitise hands regularly.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell or have Covid-like symptoms.

For further information, please visit our COVID-19 updates page.

Can I set up a stall or sell at the event?

Neither stallholders nor hawkers are permitted at the event. If you are interested in having a stall at any future Council events, please register your interest on the website. Stallholders are engaged approximately three months prior to each event.

How can I share on social media?

If you're sharing on social media, use the hashtags #TheClassics #TheClassics2023 #WhatsOnStonnington and tag in @whatsonstonnington to be featured on our socials.

Who do I contact for media enquiries?

For media or photo opportunities, please get in touch with the Communications and Media Unit at Stonnington Council on 8290 1161 or media@stonnington.vic.gov.au.

Special thanks to our marketing partner Kay and Burton.
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