Music Concert Featuring

Music Concert Featuring

WHEN: Sunday, 1 June 2008

TIME: 12.00 pm

WHERE: Suncorp Piazza, Southbank


The Finalists of the Pellegrino scholarship, Since 2000 the Consulate of Italy to Queensland and the Northern Territory, together with the founder of the Pellegrino Scholarship, Cav. Steve Pellegrino, have given opportunities to young aspiring artists to further their skills and knowledge in an Italian prestigious University or cultural institution. At Italian Week 2008 the finalists of these young Italian/Australian artists will perform to a live audience and a panel of esteemed judges. The successful artist will receive the annual “Pellegrino Scholarship”. Young, local and promising artists coming to you live from Southbank’s Suncorp Piazza. Commencing from 2008 the winner will have the possibility to attend the university of music of Giulio Rapetti, MOGOL, C.E.T. (Centro Europeo Toscolano) Poet, composer, author of the most known songs of the last 50 years, Mogol worked with the best Italian singer ever including Lucio Battisti (whose songs are considered immortal), Mina, Celentano, Gianni Morandi.

Enza Pantano
Enza Pantano started singing from a young age, you could say it’s in her blood, coming from a family of singers and entertainers. She started getting attention and accolades very early in her career both here in Australia and overseas, winning various awards throughout Italy in a concert singing tour which featured singers from all over Europe.Over the years she has worked with many International & Australian artists. With her regular appearances on "Hey Hey Its Saturday" & The "Midday Show" as backing vocalist, she has worked with a very high profile group of people such as: Tom Jones, Joe Cocker, Barry Manilow, Thelma Houston, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Daltry, Chaka Khan, The Commodores, Keb Mo and The Doobie Brothers, to name just a few.Equally the Australia artists have been just as impressive; Tina Arena, Marica Hines, Venetta Fields, Billy Thorpe, Ross Wilson, Jack Jones, Peter Cupples plus many more, from all genres of the music industry. Read More

Peter Cupples

His love of Italy resulted in him writing many songs in Italian and performing with his Italian-Australian daughter Georgia. They will sing original material together for the first time in public. Peter Cupples, Australian singer, songwriter and producer whose career spans several decades, commencing as lead singer of 70's band Stylus, first came into prominence in 1975 as lead singer and songwriter for the blue-eyed soul band Stylus. Stylus released four albums which included such hits as 'Summer Breeze' 'World of Make/believe' 'So much Love' and 'Work out fine' to name a few. Peter works with many charity’s, recently writing songs for the ‘Make a Wish foundation’ and the ‘Sacred Heart foundation’. Peter also wrote the song ‘Best of the Best’ for the racing hall of fame, and the kangaroo’s team of the century tribute. Read More

Alex Raineri

14 year old Alex Raineri is a young Australian-Italian pianist and composer currently studying piano performance with Leah Horwitz OAM at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Selected internationally, Alex Raineri was the first young artist selected for a tour of America and Australia with the “Castles and Cathedrals” program launched in Melbourne at St Michaels Church in October where Alex was greeted with two standing ovations. Alex was the subject of a television feature story on Australian ABC television’s The 7.30 Report (2nd October 2006) and Sunday Arts (4th August 2007 and 3rd February 2008). Alex’s music is being played worldwide. Read More

Opera Queensland

Australia's second largest opera company. It performs a season of at least three opera productions each year as well as concerts and other performances throughout the state. Opera Queensland is delighted to be a part of the Italian Week celebrations, embracing and celebrating Italian operatic culture in Brisbane and Queensland. Opera Queensland is an integral part of the cultural infrastructure of Queensland and performs to an audience often in excess of 120,000 each year.The Company is deeply committed to playing a central role in the education of young Australians.

Anna-Maria La Spina
Born in Brisbane, Italian-Australian, citizen of the world, when Anna talks about singing in her favourite garden, she is talking about Madison square garden, her other favourite haunts are Wembley stadium and the Roxy in Los Angeles. Anna, is not one ordinary singer. Two world tours under her belt with the 20 million+ album selling ‘Savage Garden’, gave her the opportunity to show both her prowess as a performer and her discipline as a vocal arranger. That same tour gave Anna the opportunity to perform on such heavyweight American & European TV dates as the 'tonight show with Jay Leno', 'Regis and Kathy Lee', the 'world music awards' in Monte Carlo and 'top of the pops' UK. She has also been seen singing alongside rock stars Ozzy Osborne and Slash from Guns'n'Roses.

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