Featured Past Events - 2009

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Tania de Jong mixes a love of singing with management - Morris Kaplan - The Australian, January 23 2010
Serious Womens' Business Conference

“Tania de Jong and her Melbourne Sings Choir played a wonderful part of our event. They struck at the core of what it means to embrace the innate creativity in all of us and the power of collective energy to create positive change. Their voices and enthusiasm opened hearts and inspired us all.”
Taren Hocking, Director SWB

Twentieth Man Fund Gala Dinner

"Pot-Pourri was a real highlight of the event and I recieved a lot of good feedback from the guests on how funny and polished the performance was - not to mention your fantastic voices...and I'm still picking red feathers out of my hair!"
Les Twentyman OAM

AICD Gold Medal Dinner Brisbane and AICD Fellows Dinner Melbourne

Pot-Pourri created specially customised performances for AICD to celebrate some of Australia's leading business leaders. Photos are from both events. "Pot-Pourri were able to involve the Fellow members in a great night of entertainment at the 3rd annual Fellows dinner. They made the room erupt with the members singing and swaying there arms along to the music."
AICD Fellows Dinner Victoria

Sing For Your Supper

 

The inaugural Creativity Australia gala dinner SING FOR YOUR SUPPER took place at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Guest of Honour was Creativity Australia’s Patron, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and amongst over 400 guests I spotted Hugh Morgan, Professor Allan Fels, Dr Alan Finkel, Evan Thornley, Clive Scott, Frank Cicutto, Leanne de Bortoli, Sam and Christine Tarascio and Kelly O’Dwyer (a wonderful, female candidate for Peter Costello’s seat). Everyone was very positive about unlocking the right side of our brains to achieve our full human potential. And we all did sing for our supper with a great deal of gusto and in good tune! The Sofitel even created a very special dessert platter to inspire our minds

Entertainment included MCs Zara and Troy, the wonderful Pot-Pourri, brilliant young pianist Stefan Cassomenos and the Royal Children’s Sings (a staff choir for the whole hospital) and Melbourne Sings. These are two choirs created by Tania de Jong to bring people together for greater wellbeing, connections and innovation skills.

Over $180,000 was raised towards programs for disadvantaged people and communities. Enormous thanks to the hardworking team, supporters, sponsors and donors.

Jessica Mauboy at Deadly Days Festival

"Music Theatre Australia worked with North Coast Aboriginal Partnerships, North Coast TAFE, to host the memorable 2009 Deadly Days Festivals - a Community Festivals for Education Engagement initiative sponsored by the Australian Government. With Jessica Mauboy as our star performer, we were able to invite young Aboriginal people, Elders and community members to join us in an inspiring day of music, art, education and lifelong learning. Together with the assistance of MTA, we were able to work with Jessica to create a performance the young people would never forget - highlighting the themes and objectives of the Festivals to 'dream it...learn it....do it'. Jessica is an outstanding performer and MTA provides outstanding service and management. Thank you!"
North Coast TAFE

FOOD, WINE and SONG at DE BORTOLI WINERY

The Pianist, The Diva and The Baritone presented a magical performance for a special Long Weekend lunch of food, wine and song at De Bortoli Winery. This new show which has been created by Music Theatre Australia features stunning young pianist and composer Stefan Cassomenos, golden-voiced soprano Tania de Jong and brilliant baritone Jonathan Morton. The show blends virtuosic playing and singing with humour, interaction and a touch of flirtation. Some of the highlights included the beautiful duet You Raise Me Up and Time to Say Goodbye, an excerpt from Carmen, some Italian opera favourites, a moving rendition of Edith Piaf's La Vie en Rose by Tania and a passionate Viennese song by Jonathan. Stefan's improvisation of a classic Mozart piano piece combining bossanova, tango, waltz and taranatella and jazz brought down the house, and he reminded everyone of Victor Borge. The audience included Sam and Christine Tarascio of Salta Properties, Richard and Lillian Frank, Richard Bussiere GM of The Westin and Paul Sheahan (ex Melbourne Grammar School principal).

Tamburlaine at Twilight

Pot-Pourri were thrilled to perform at Tamburlaine Winery in the Hunter Valley for the renowned annual twilight concert. A large audience picnicked on the enchanting lawns and enjoyed divine wines. The mix of gorgeous singing and humour was very well received and there were encores galore. It was the first time Tamburlaine had presented opera and music theatre.

Great Australia Day Breakfast

“Thank you for your contribution in making this an outstanding event for Australian Unity. The Yarra Trio were exceptional. The gift of a CD with their Mendelssohn recording was extremely well received.”
Australian Unity

 

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