The Northern Rivers Conservatorium Executive Director Anita Bellman is thrilled to announce that there will be free tickets for all flood-affected members of our community to attend the Northern Rivers Conservatorium (NRC) 2022 Visiting Artist program, made possible with the support of its friends at Musica Viva and Southern Cross University.
CEO of Musica Viva Hywel Sims said: “As a long-standing supporter of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Musica Viva Australia is delighted to provide support to this year’s concerts. This support will help the Conservatorium offer free seats to those affected by the devastating floods, the effects of which will be felt for some time to come in the community.”
The NRC 2022 Visiting Artist program was originally to be presented at Lismore City Hall, the premier venue for live performance in the region. The damage sustained during the devastating floods means that Lismore City Hall will not open again until 2022.
Fortunately for the community, the Whitebrook Theatre at Southern Cross University is able to accommodate the program this year.
“Southern Cross University is proud to support this event brought to us by the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. We are deeply connected to the communities that have been impacted, and we are proud to be a part of the region’s recovery,” a university spokesperson said.
Conservatorium Executive Director Anita Bellman said: “We are very excited to be presenting Through Nature to Eternity featuring Lior and Tinalley String Quartet as the first performance of 2022. This performance is described as a musical narrative of love, loss and compassion which is a very fitting tribute to our beautiful community at this time.”
The remaining program of events and visiting artists to be presented by NRC in 2022 include the Heartbeats Festival Stage at the Lismore Lantern Parade, the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra and partner presentations with Musica Viva – Sentimental Bloke, Avi Avital and Giovanni Sollima and Gelarah Pour’s Garden.
Through Nature to Eternity will be held at Southern Cross University’s Whitebrook Theatre on Saturday 2 July from 7.30pm, with light meals and refreshments for purchase from 6.00pm.
Lior will also present a songwriting workshop in the Music Block at 1.30pm.
For more details and bookings for this event and the 2022 Visiting Artists program visit nrcac.edu.au/events.
This article appeared in the Dunoon and District Gazette, June-July 2022.