On 11 March 2014 the Arts Law Centre of Australia held a fundraising concert featuring the extraordinary pianist Simon Tedeschi. The proceeds raised from the concert will support the essential work done by Arts Law to help Australia’s artists. In particular the night was organised to raise money for Arts Law’s currently unfunded Artists in the Black program, a unique legal service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists that provides specialised legal advice and support, especially in regional and remote parts of Australia.
Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned and sought-after pianists, a recipient of prestigious awards including First Prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), Symphony Australia’s ‘Young Performer of the Year’ and a Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA), and he treated the audience to a truly remarkable performance.
Set in the stunning ‘New Hall’ at Sydney Grammar School, a 1500 seat subterranean venue, over 700 people attended the event. ABC 702’s Simon Marnie was MC for the night, and engaged Simon Tedeschi in a Q and A session during the concert. Robyn Ayres, Executive Director of Arts Law, and Wayne Quilliam, photographer and incoming Arts Law board member, also gave insightful speeches, illustrating the importance of the work that Arts Law and Artists in the Black do on a daily basis.
Simon Tedeschi played an engagingly varied program, selecting works from Chopin and Schubert to Rachmaninoff , Gershwin, and Brubeck and shared musical titbits, anecdotes and jokes with the crowd in between performances. He received a well-deserved standing ovation at the conclusion of the concert.
The conclusion of the concert also marked the drawing of the raffle, with two lucky audience members walking away with some fantastic artworks,Lowanna Photographic Art by Wayne Quilliam and a painting Minyi Puru in the Parnngurr area, by Betty Whyoulter of Martumili Artists.
The night was an overwhelming success, with Arts Law raising well over $30,000 from tickets sales, raffle tickets and donations. These proceeds will make a significant contribution towards the continuation of the Artists in the Black program for 2014, allowing us to continue to help Aboriginal and Torres Islander artists, organisations and communities, like this.
Arts Law would like to thank all that made the night possible including Simon Tedeschi for his wonderful performance, Simon Marnie for MC’ing, Sydney Grammar School and Dr John Vallance, Paul Gaske and Margrit Bachmann,Cinque Artists Management, Adele Feletto Publicity, Fine Music FM, Margery Hertzberg, Aunty Fay Carroll, Wayne Quilliam, Betty Whyoulter and Martumili Artists for providing our beautiful raffles prizes and Devris Hasan for the Photography as well as all those who attended and generously supported the Arts Law Centre of Australia.