David Helfgott OAM to shine in Adelaide at a one-off concert on Friday 18 June at the Brighton Performing Arts Centre

The Polish Community Council of Australia cordially invites you to our 70th Anniversary Concert by David Helfgott. The event will take place on Friday, June 18 2021 at the Brighton Performing Arts Centre, 305 Brighton Rd, North Brighton at 6pm. For further information and details about this one-off concert in Adelaide, please see the poster and Media Release attached above. Please forward this information to music lovers in your network. We are expecting it to be a very entertaining evening. The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland from Canberra has confirmed his attendance.

Tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/BQUMZ

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Download or view the full version of Karol Kierzynka‘s poster :https://drive.google.com/…/1Zu4AIdGPi…/view…

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the critically acclaimed film Shine, based on the life of internationally renowned pianist David Helfgott OAM.  Shine earned Geoffrey Rush an Academy Award for best actor and the soundtrack, which includes Helfgott’s own recordings, reached number two on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart.  The film’s director, Scott Hicks said, “I have never seen anything quite like this extraordinary personality playing this extraordinary music”.

Today, David Helfgott remains a major force on the international concert stage.  Music lovers now have an incredible opportunity to experience his “extraordinary music” at 6pm, Friday 18 June 2021 at the Brighton Performing Arts Centre.  This one-off concert, with music by Chopin, Liszt and Addinsell, is presented by the Polish Community Council of Australia to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its foundation.

David Helfgott’s mother and father were born in Poland and both lost their own parents in the Holocaust.  Despite this dark history David is very attached to Polish classical music and counts Frederic Chopin as his favourite composer.  David said, “I love Chopin, I love the Polish people”.

The gala concert is supported by the Polish Consulate General and the Polish Embassy in Australia, the Federation of Polish Organisations in South Australia, the Blum Foundation, Brighton Secondary School and Flinders University where Shine director Scott Hicks studied and received his honorary doctorate.

Brighton Secondary School musicians, who will feature in the first part of the concert, have already travelled twice to Poland – Chopin’s birthplace.  The Honorary Consul for Poland in South Australia and Flinders University’s Distinguished Alumna, Gosia Hill said, “Cultural diplomacy is very important in forging people-to-people relationships and contributes to tourism, knowledge exchange and trade ties.  We have worked closely with Brighton High School and over the years have established links and friendships with secondary schools in Poland”.

The President of the Polish Community Council of Australia, Malgorzata Kwiatkowska said, “We are thrilled to collaborate with David Helfgott, the school and our other partners in South Australia to commemorate this important milestone of 70 years of the Polish Council’s community work in Australia.”

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