NGV: SHE-OAK AND SUNLIGHT : AUSTRALIAN IMPRESSIONISM NEW website review by Natasha Lukin
THE RESURRECTION OF MELBOURNIANS’ PASSION FOR THE ART.
On the 1st of April an opening of the She-Oak and Sunlight exhibition dedicated to the Australian Impressionism was announced by Tony Ellwood, the Director on the Notional Galleries of Victoria. The exhibition is now available for public viewing at the Ian Potter Art Gallery of NGV, in Federation Square.
The media gathered there in large numbers as that was a first massive exhibition after last year Melbourne’s five-month lockdown. Everything was stopped and closed then, and our beautiful city looked like a ghost town. Therefore, it felt like a resurrection of Melbournian’s passion for the art.
Tony Ellwood stated that more than 250 artworks by the Australian artists are on display: a staggering number of artworks encompassing various styles and manners related to impressionism.
Among them there are many works by the most famous Australian masters such as Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts. The iconic painting “Shearing the Rams" by Tom Roberts became one of the most well-known and loved paintings in the history of Australian art. Certainly, it is one of the centrepieces of the current exhibition.
Roberts finished Shearing the Rams in May 1890 and unveiled it at his studio at Grosvenor Chambers on Collins Street, Melbourne. In newspapers of that era, in 1890, it was proclaimed that “Shearing the Rams is a work that will live, and a work by which Mr. Roberts' name will always be remembered”.
No wonder it always attracts attention of the public although there were many outstanding works by many other talented painters.
Arthur Streeton is one of the great Australian impressionists and he worked mainly in a classical impressionism manner, depicting wonderful landscapes and genre scenes. His paintings are full of light and the nature was what inspired him the most.
I would love to name all the participants but that is nearly impossible because of the number of works. The best way to get familiar with them and indulge in their artworks is to visit that incredible exhibition. It will be open till 22 August but be ready to spend there a couple of hours to soak in the atmosphere of the gallery and a feast of colours and images. The experience truly exceeded all my expectations. Therefore, I share with you and wish you to get the same pleasure as I got from these wonderful works, as well as from the preparation, design and organization of the exhibition.
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NEW website review and photo: Sylvester Kroyherr
REVIEW OF CONCERT BY THE ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – “No friend but the mountains – A Symphonic Song Cycle” (World Premiere), given at: The Sydney Myer Music Bowl on 21/3/2021. Conductor: Rick Prakhoff, with The Melbourne Bach Choir and Soloist: Adrian Tamburini (Bass-Baritone). Composer: Luke Styles, Librettist: Behrouz Boochani (Ex-Detainee & Kurdish-Iranian journalist – Music based on bestselling book: ‘No friend but the mountains’), Guest Concertmaster: Wilma Smith, Concertmaster: Susan Pierotti, Presenter & Interviewer: Rafael Epstein, Ex-Detainee: Farhad Bandesh.
The concert began in the rain that continued for the duration. Sitting outside in a small contained area (6 chairs each) wearing a plastic poncho and wielding an umbrella was not exactly the way to appreciate this concert – plus being far from the stage and screens!! However steamy and uncomfortable, we stuck it out with great difficulty sustaining sore backs and butts!! Following a brief welcome by Rafael, he presented a pre-recorded segment of Behrouz in conversation from New Zealand, revealing some of the horrors of being a detainee on Manus Island. The programme continued with Farhad and a small ensemble, namely ‘A song from detention – The Big Exhale’. Although not a polished singer, Farhad’s performance was moving and confronting, highlighting the importance of freedom.
With the rain continuing, the main event kicked off, namely ‘No friend but the mountains’, this being a Kurdish proverb – signifying betrayal, abandonment and loneliness of the Kurds! The powerful and expressive voice of Adrian was ably supported by the orchestra and the choir – technically very difficult music to read and interpret. The bulk of the text centred on negativity, namely - chaos, hell, futility, disaster, drowning, starvation, screaming, terror, pain etc... Consequently, the piece lacked colour and variation – especially tempo! The injection of some positive emotions like joy, laughter and kindness would have given more variety to the composition. On a critical note, monotony could have been avoided by transposing the cruel disharmonies into some hopeful tender sweetness. Undoubtedly the music and lyrics aimed at depicting doom and gloom enfolding agonizingly slowly to paint the sounds of horror!! The frequent flight of helicopters overhead did not add to performance, while the squawking of the seagulls and cockies/parrots did not enhance the atmosphere either! It appears that there were a number of refugees in the audience, including myself from 1956 (Hungary) – this adding to the credibility and importance of the meaning of freedom. Luke Styles’ (composer) aim to achieve “a range of colours, darkness of incarceration, but the lightness and joy of seeing a child playing....” was not achieved in my opinion. Yes it was moving, confronting and life affirming!!
It is important to note that “Oppression is not random but purposeful, designed to isolate and create fiction amongst prisoners, leading to despair and broken spirits”. In conclusion, the hour plus performance was simply too confronting and too long. A better introduction of history and background events could have been useful for everyone. The concert ended abruptly with no note of sign off from the host Rafael!! Congratulations to the prolific and energetic Rick Prakhoff, the well balanced Melbourne Bach Choir, Adrian Tamburini (of Babi Yar fame - 2017) and the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, as we look forward to future events. A trying, wet but exciting and enriching concert – well done everyone, including all the volunteers! (No thanks to the helicopters & birds)
SYLVESTER KROYHERR (Musician - Bohemian Rhapsody Club). 29 March 2021.
POST-VALENTINE CHARITY BALL website review by Natasha Marchev images: john reuyan photography and ning chan photography
Soriano-Orodio Foundation Inc presented its annual 13th Year Anniversary of the Soriano-Orodio Foundation
Valentine's Mask Night
Charity Fundraising Ball on Saturday 13 March 2021 at 0630pm at the Grand Star Receptions and Convention Centre in Altona North.
The event was including a five course meal served with unlimited wine and drinks,
Nelda Orodo-Estores was the major organiser of the event chairing it together with her Estores, Rivera and McDowall's family members.
All the proceeds from the event went to the maintenance of the Public School Library Building and construction of the second Library in Philippines.
Many valuable donations in the form of the beauty pack presents have been done by: donation courtesy of: Jennifer Valdez of Zaruth & Co. Australia
Raffle Prizes were donated by the Hofberd Beach Resort Accommodation by Elena Hofmayer JJ Express Accommodation by Jopen Quintero Bariano Evening Gown by Choy Symes Night Luxury Apt Accommodation by Rolenia Cook Beauty Gift Pack Zaruth&Co by Jennifer Valdez and Justin Carruth Savoy Hotel Manila Accommodation Megaworld by Edna Parolma Savoy Hotel Manila Accommodation Nelda Estores Lady’s bag by Jaina Imdami Talyer Auto Full Car Service by Jasmine Flores Ebdc AutoTechnics Full Car Service by Edward De La Cruz Hofberd Brand Cleaning Products by Elena Hofmayer Gift Pack of 2 Books and Tax Return Gift Voucher by Romz Gadaoni Jr. Skin Care Gift Pack by Liza Di Blasio Hamper with goodies by Fernaid Homes and Julz Ferrer Thanking kindly Sponsors/Donors: Notnon for the the tickets and flyer design: * Ms Cecilia Byrne * Ms Julz Ferrer * Ms Choy Symes of Face Australia
There were also generous door prizes for the guests given out upon their arrivals. The guests were entertained by the DJ Pros and Sounds.
The ball room and the Grand Star Reception Centre welcomed the strictly formally dressed guests who started to arrive at the event. The Red Carpet was shining and sparkling with the beauty of many hearts of gold who came to support the event.
When the guests took their seats at 0745pm and the plates with assorted snacks and salads were offered to the guests Masters’ of Ceremony Gina Parker and Czarina Estores opened the event. The Australian National Anthem and Philippine National Anthem were played by Zymone Abatayo and Czarina Estores on the violins for the raised up guests honoring both countries. This was followed by the opening prayer proudly pronounced by Czarina Estores.
The guests were delighted to listen to Nelda Orodio Estores's speech addressed to everyone in the room: SPEECH of Ms Nelda Orodio Estores
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE WE ARE ALL HERE TONIGHT, DAZZLING TO CELEBRATE THE NIGHT OFHEARTS !!! Our Hon. Consul Gen. Maria Lourdes Salcedo , to our ever loyal beloved Sponsors and Donors, supporters, the Owner and Editor In Chief of MARQUIS MAGAZINE, Natasha Marchev and Magazine Sales and Development Manager, Johanna Smith, the Editor-In-Chief of Phil. Times, Jason Cordi, and many other representatives of different Organization: Silangan Dancers headed by Ms Rose Simonsen, the hardworking Officers and Members of the Soriano- Orodio Foundation, Inc. Australia, our Photographers who are donating their “precious” time to be with us tonight, my beloved family, friends from near and far ,stunning Ladies and Gentlemen, a pleasant good evening !!!
FLASHBACK to the year 2020 where the modern day plaque started to stricken in the globe, so many plans and events have been cancelled including the Foundation's yearly Fund Raising Snow Trips to Mt. Buller .
It may be that so many events have been cancelled, but our Hopes and Dreams to make a CHANGE aren’t cancelled. In fact, the igniting Fire that the Foundation's desire of helping people who are disadvantaged back home remains Strong and Fervently Firing.
Last year, several Balikbayan Boxes of assorted items, mostly clothes sent to the Philippine. and were distributed to the scholars. It is such a great music to the ears to hear how grateful the recipients are -- upon receiving the little gifts from us. Sometimes, we do not realize that the small things we give can actually flatters the hearts of many. The clothes, foods and monetary you share to our Foundation put radiant s m i l e s to our Scholars’ faces. The little gifts they received made them ponder that no matter how difficult life is, there are still kind-hearted people who lends their hands to help ease the pain - and that is “US” here tonight . We are the helping hands that strives to support the deserving scholars to achieve their earnest desired dreams and goals in life .
In return, the scholars are exhausting their bests in their studies so that they could grasps their Hopes and Dreams someday, in the right time and right place. Despite the paradigm shift in education from to face to face to online classes, the scholars are doing good ! It is with high hopes that in the next years, there are much more deserving students that the Foundation could cater… I kindly ask for many sponsors and donors to come and join us to our journey so that many unfortunate children can be added in the list of the Foundation’s scholarship recipients. To date we have 54 ongoing scholars. Four University graduates and gainfully employed right after graduation and one year more to go - the Foundation will have a medical student graduate. We have one completed library building. filled-up with books, brand-new computers and printer, tables and chairs, brand-new air-conditioner and brand new power generator .
We are currently working on the 2nd LibraryBuilding! Last year we just sent 100k pesos as an initial funding. My heart is so full right now, my butterflies in my tummy tickles me knowing that this event is realised into reality despite this trying times that the world is still currently facing. I am deeply moved by your untiring support to our Foundation as we aspire to help more and become an instrument to make a CHANGE in the lives of others … LIFE IS INDEED BEAUTIFUL IF WE WILL DETEST THE DARKEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES and INSTEAD FOCUS ON THE LIFE’S RAINBOW FULL OF COLOURS !!!
It is my pleasure to welcome you all here tonight…May our hearts be continuously filled with love and hope as we celebrate the 13 the Year Anniversary of Soriano-Orodio Foundation Inc. Australia. Thank you for coming and once again - I WELCOMEYOU ALL !!! LIFE IS SO BEAUTIFUL… MARAMING SALAMAT PO !!!
After Nelda's speech the introduction of all officers followed by Gina Parker and photos were taken. Gina Parker introduced a special guest speaker, an Honorable Diplomatic Consul General for VIC, TAS and SA, Maria Lourdes Salcedo. After Maria talked about the situation in the world and Australia, passport system, Alp rainbows and dreams becoming a reality Maria mentioned: "we should never stop learning, as well as help poor people to go to schools, as education is everything in this world, make their dreams to come true." Maria talked about the power of music that rejuvenate the soul and the heart as well as the scholarships in sconce, engineering and technology. I loved it. She talked about the important things in the Universe. Afar Maria's speech a gift was awarded to her by Jennifer Valdez and Justin Carruth and then the photos were taken. Performances followed by Rachel Dizon Livori “Tilliebee” who was singing three songs and young talents, Zymone Abatayo and Czarina Estores Soriano-Orodio who played violins.
The songs performed were Cystallize by Lindsey Stirling Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Elvis Presley) Gina, the PM then announced first couples to open the dance floor: 1. Consul G. Maria Lourdes Salcedo and Sam Afra 2. Bayani Bayangos and Vilma Abad 3. Nancy Coates and Gary Coates 4. Jopen Quintero and Rob Liddle 5. Rose Simonsen and Marcyano Anthony Estores 6. Mercedez Gray and Paul Richie
The event proceeded with public dancing. The main meal was served after. While the guests were enjoying their food the next performers attended the stage: Silangan Dance Group headed and choreographed by Rose Simonsen. Juliet Manalac, Orquia Melissa Rawlinson, Angie Werry, Eva Rudge and Erlinda Wessel were the dancers.
The door prizes were drawn and it followed by the performance of Soriano-Orodio's Violin Young Talents on stage: Zymone Abatayo and Czarina Estores delighted the guests with their divine music. They played City of Stars from the Lala Land soundtrack and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.
The crowd was dancing again and it was a lot of fun! A very yummy dessert dishes was served after.
The Best Dressed Parade started with a variety of the dresses on show: mainly in red colors because of the theme of the event - LOVE was everywhere in the air. This part of the event commenced with the judges introduction 1. Johanna Smith (who nominated 12 female finalists) 2. Helen Miguel 3. Rose Simonsen 4. Yvonne Bajzeck 5. Nancy Coates 6. Cecil Byrne (who nominated 12 male finalists) 7. Jasmine Flores Presentation began with top 24 male and female finalists catwalking lead by Isobel Rementilla The official tabulators were Johanna Smith and Helen Miguel. Three top best dressed males and females were selected. The Female Best Dressed 2021. The were so many beautiful gowns on that amazing night, some were designed and made overseas, some arrived couple of days prior to the event but the judges had to do the hardest task to choose only top 12 All winners received the make-up gifts from Ms Jennifer Valdez and Justin Carruth of Zaruth & Co. Females: 1st Choy Symes - who recieved a complimentary Savoy Hotel Manila accommodation donated by Nelda Orodio Estores., a trophy donated by Cecilia Byrne and flowers 2nd Angie Werry She received a make-up gift pack donated by Zaruth&Co. and flowers 3rd Jaina Imdani who also receieved a make-up gift pack donated by Zaruth&Co.and flowers Males : 1st Jason Cordi . He got a One Night Complimentary Accommodation at SAVOY HOTEL MANILA donated by Nelda Orodio Estores, a trophy donated by Cecilia Byrne 2nd Scott Dyson who got a bottle of wine donated by Grand Star Receptions Centre. 3rd Justin Carruth who received a bottle of wine donated by Grand Star Receptions Centre.
Then the guests witnessed the Raffle Draw headed by Evelyn, Amy, Melson, Renzo & Ray who assisted the call out of the winners procedure. The top best three males and females showed themselves on the stage. Then final catwalk took place and the winners were announced by Johanna Smith and Chris Centeno (the trophies were awarded by: Cecil Byrne). Nelda voiced the acknowledgements for the evening mentioning the heads up on next year’s event 12 February 2022 (at the same place and same time) The event closed by dancing.
Shall I say: what a Lady, what a Night with the big thank you to Nelda for organising such a fantastic event for everyone to enjoy. We all look forward keen to attend the next year event! THANK YOU NELDA!
credits: MUAH for Nelda: Mimi images: john reuyan photography and ning chan photography guest photographer: Gary Haywood Club
NGV: NEW SEASON RELEASE website review and images: Natasha Lukin
TRULY VISIONARY PROJECTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PANDEMICS
The ambience at the National Gallery of Victoria transported me into the world of Art with a capital A as soon as I stepped in inside the Gallery’s garden. I was faced with a few incredible works of art that so cozily been placed among the leafy trees and bushes.
A lot of media people attended Seasonal Announcement of the Gallery for getting information about what the year 2021 prepared for us, what to view and observe at the gallery throughout the coming months. There will be some very significant exhibitions including Winter Masterpieces Exhibition and works of Goya from the Prado Museum from Madrid.
In the centre of attention, the truly visionary project has been announced by Janet Whiting, President of the Council of Trusties, National Gallery of Victoria.
That is a construction of the third National Gallery of Victoria part: the Victorian Museum of Contemporary Art: the biggest one in Australia and one of the largest in our region. The new premises will be built in the area behind the existing monumental NGV building at Southbank.
Tony Collins, the Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, addressing to the media, introduced the major exhibitions of the year.
So, what general public of Victoria and visitors from all over Australia would be able to attend in NGV in 2021?
Part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Program: 4 Jun – 3 Oct French Impressionism from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has one of the largest collections of works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt and other. Altogether there would be more than 100 works presented, out of which 79 works were never been shown in Australia. An amazing display of sixteen canvases by Claude Monet, would be a highlight of this exhibition.
25 Jun – 3 Oct Francisco Goya: Drawings from the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Such a large collection of Goya’s drawings will be seen in Australia for the first time. On top of that more than 120 etchings from Goya’s renowned print series will include the works that are not just artistic but a kind of satiric description of Spanish society of the 18th century. Other works were dedicated to Disasters of War, 1810–15, and then the Napoleonic invasion of Spain in 1808.
2 Apr – 22 Aug SHE-OAK AND SUNLIGHT: AUSTRALIAN IMPRESSIONISM That will be a massive exhibition of more than 250 artworks by the Australian artists. The most famous are: Tom Roberts’s painting “Shearing the rams”, 1890, and Clara Southern’s “An old bee farm”, Warrandyte.
It is quite amazing, to my view and to my feelings, that NGV promotes now its new exhibitions and that fantastic project of the new Gallery erection.
I see it as the best weapon against doom and gloom of the COVID-19 situation. It brings us back to where human spirit overweights fears of infection or vaccination. I have no doubts that positive nurturing emotions are as beneficial for our immune defense inner forces as medicinal substances. Or even stronger.
Therefore, let’s go to those exiting exhibitions, admire art, be inspired by what we see and develop our own creativity. Sky is the limit for those who dare to dream.