Melbourne International Singers Festival & Play It Forward
MISF: FESTIVAL FINALE CONCERT
Our final concert showcases all our spectacular Massed Festival Choirs led by Guest Conductors George Torbay and Kavisha Mazzella AM, and all the participating choirs & singers, with MC Dr Jonathon Welch AM
$30 Full $20 Conc/U18 Concert Package $90 Full $60 Conc/U18 (4 for the price of 3)
On Monday 10 June 2019 at 2:30pm
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Proceeds from the Melbourne International Singers Festival support Play It Forward, providing a unique range of tailored inclusive arts programs, events and projects for all Australians.
More About The Artists
Kavisha Mazzella AM
Kavisha Mazzella AM is best known as a singer, songwriter, choir leader and folklorist. She has released seven albums that draw on the rich experiences of her migrant background to create songs that resonate with everyone.She specialises in stories of journeys taken, homelands left behind and the sorrow, joy and risk involved.
Her passion for social justice saw Kavisha awarded an Order of Australia in 2011 for her work telling the stories of refugee and migrant communities, and her music earned her an Aria for best world music album in 1998.
She has lead many choirs including the vivacious Italian Womens Choir "La Voce Della Luna (1996-2013) She has been commissioned to write choral works for significant events such as “Tunc Justus“ for the 150th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade rebellion and the Women's Anthem “ Love and Justice ” which was a celebration of 100 years of Womens Suffrage by the Victorian Womens Trust in 2008.
Hailed by The Sydney Morning Herald as ‘one of Australia's leading musical lights,’ George Torbay completed studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts USA, the University of Sydney and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
A distinguished conductor, music educator, singing teacher, adjudicator, performer and director, George has served as Chief Conductor Choral Music for the NSW Department of Education, Lecturer in Singing at Federation University, advisor to Hal Leonard Australia and as the Director of Music for the television series Battle of the Choirs.
George's career began as a singer and an actor. While in the United States, he performed roles in West Side Story, Pinafore, 42nd Street, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Me and My Girl. His directing credits include the musical Chess with Normie Rowe, Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, The Secret Garden, Urinetown, Titanic, Blood Brothers and The Hatpin. His opera directing credits include The Marriage of Figaro, La Bohéme and La Traviata.
He is a published arranger with Warner Brothers, Morton Music and Hal Leonard Australia. For Hal Leonard he has published eight books entitled CHORALTIME.
Dr Jonathon Welch AM
Multi award winning singer, conductor, teacher, composer, producer, director, author and recording artist, Jonathon Welch is one of Australia’s most unique and diverse artists with a career spanning four decades. Jonathon has performed around the World alongside many of the finest singers, directors and conductors including Baz Luhrmann, John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, kd Lang, Grace Bumbry, Frederica Von Stade and Dame Joan Sutherland in some of the world’s great Concert Halls and Opera Houses including Carnegie Hall, New York, Royal Albert Hall, London and Sydney Opera House.
In 2007, Jonathon’s work creating choirs for the homeless and disadvantaged in Australia was the subject of the internationally acclaimed ARIA, Logie and Helpmann award winning TV documentary ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’. He also created the ‘Jailbirds’ documentary in the Victorian Women’s Prisons in 2009, was a Judge on the highly successful ‘Battle of the Choirs’ TV series for Channel 7.
Jonathon has been recognised for his outstanding commitment to the music industry, youth music education and his work with marginalised and homeless communities with the Victorian and Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008, ANZAC of the Year 2009, an Honorary Doctorate, an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.
In 2009 Jonathon created and launched ‘Social Inclusion Week’ making Australia the only country in the world to celebrate Social Inclusion nationally, and in September 2012 launched his vision for the future of arts, cultural and wellbeing programs for all Australians with the ‘School of Hard Knocks’ and ‘Play It Forward’ programs in 2018.