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International Pianist to Play Eastbank’s Steinway

The Sydney International Piano Competition (SIPC) People’s Choice Award winner will perform a concert on the new Steinway grand piano at the Eastbank Centre on Wednesday 28th July.


The Council’s Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions, Mr Rob Robson, said it was exciting to have the new grand piano played by an internationally renowned pianist for the first time.

“The concert was originally to be held at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, but now that the new piano has arrived and is ready for performance, it’s fitting that it should be a part of this significant concert event,” Mr Robson said.

Rem Urasin of Russia won four awards at SIPC, internationally recognised as one of the world’s great piano competitions, including best performance of a work by Chopin, a Mozart Concerto, an Australian work, and the People’s Choice Award as the most popular pianist of the event.

“He was a favourite to win the competition and narrowly missed out, coming second overall.  He is a polished and mature performer, with an incredible history of performing experience.”

Rem Urasin began his musical studies at the age of five, and at the age of eight he gave his first performance with a symphony orchestra.  He has given recitals in many countries including Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Japan and performed in such prestigious concert halls as Great and Small Halls of the Moscow Conservatory, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Izumi Hall in Oaska. 

“At Eastbank, Rem Urasin will perform a recital of pieces by Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsy and Chopin.”

Rem Urasin will perform at the Eastbank Centre at 8.00 pm on Wednesday 28th July.  Bookings can be made through the Riverlinks Box Office, Eastbank, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511.

Let’s Talk Art – Lecture Series at Shepparton Art Gallery

The Shepparton Art Gallery is offering the second in a series of Art Lectures on Thursday 22nd July from 6.30 – 7.30 pm.

The lecture is titled `Painting Forever: The Art of Tony Tuckson’ and will be presented by Tim Fisher.

Shepparton Art Gallery Director, Leanne Willis, said the lecture would provide an interesting insight into the work of Tony Tuckson from an experienced member of the arts industry.

“Tim Fisher has worked in the arts for twenty five years. He was an assistant curator and curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia for eighteen years, where his last exhibition was a Tony Tuckson retrospective exhibition that toured around Australia in 2001 – 2002.”

“More recently, Mr Fisher was the Exhibitions Curator at the National Library of Australia.  He is now the Executive Officer for National Exhibitions Touring Support, Victoria.”

The lecture will be held at the Shepparton Art Gallery and tickets are $7 for general public and $5 for Friends of the Shepparton Art Gallery.

“Bookings are essential, and a minimum of 25 bookings is required for the lecture to go ahead.  I invite any interested people to come along,” Ms Willis concluded.

Contact the Shepparton Art Gallery on 5832 9861 by Monday 19th July to register your interest.  Further lectures in the series will be announced on the night.

For more information, please contact Marilyn Gourley on 5832 9520.

Admission to Shepparton Art Gallery is free and it is open seven days a week from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The gallery is located in the Eastbank Centre,
70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, phone 5832 9861.

Riverlinks Invites You To Dream With Shakespeare

The Bell Shakespeare Company’s enchanting production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed for the Greater Shepparton community next week.

Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions, Mr Rob Robson, said `A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a terrific introduction to the world of Shakespeare.

“The great thing about this particular company is that they really do make Shakespeare accessible and easy to follow because they make strong connections with the familiar language of popular entertainment and everyday life, even though the play is such a fantasy.”

 “The play will appeal to a variety of ages,” he said “The actors can become the lovers or the rough workmen or forest fairies; anything that is needed to tell the story. It’s a beautiful play that is full of comedy and magic and will be enjoyed by everyone.”

Director Anna Volska brings the world of Shakespeare’s play to life with a youthful cast of nine actors, all of whom convincingly convey the energy and vibrancy of this story of love, lust and mistaken identity.

Two pairs of star-crossed lovers run away to the forest to escape their troubles and get caught up with Puck, a mischievous fairy. A group of amateur theatricals are rehearsing a play in the forest when one is transformed by magic into a donkey. “It’s all very fanciful, but in the hands of an experienced director the comedy just shines,” said Mr Robson.

Anna Volska has performed in many Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, MacBeth and Romeo and Juliet. She also appeared in TV series including Water Rats and A Country Practice, and has directed many productions. 

A Midsummer Nights Dream will be performed on Thursday 15th July at
8.00 pm at Eastbank. Bookings can be made through the Riverlinks Box Office, Eastbank, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511.