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September 2022 Venue Updates and Statements

Statement from Andrew Kay & Associates re: Steve Backshall 'OCEAN Live' postponement

Wednesday 28 September, 2022

"Due to unforeseen circumstances, it has become necessary to postpone the tour of “Steve Backshall Ocean Live”. All patrons will receive an automatic refund and will be contacted once new dates are announced."

Statement from Musica Viva Australia: Artist Update for Avi Avital & Giovanni Sollima

Tuesday 27 September, 2022

"Unfortunately, Giovanni Sollima is no longer able to come to Australia to perform with Avi Avital, after contracting Covid 19. We are disappointed he will miss this tour and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Musica Viva Australia is pleased to announce Avi Avital will now be joined on stage by the virtuosic talent of pianist Gladys Chua. These artists will do what they love best: collaborate with a perfectly matched artist on a program of great works.

Presenting works by Mozart, de Falla, Bartók and others, the concert skips between the folk traditions which inspired these great composers and the art music that grew from these same traditions. The program also includes Sollima’s Prelude for mandolin solo – it promises to be an enthralling concert.

We thank you all for your continued support as we navigate these complexities. We sincerely hope you enjoy the exhilarating musicianship of Avi Avital and Gladys Chua."

Statement from West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Perth Concert Hall and Concertworks re: George Lazenby

Monday 12 September, 2022

The Music of James Bond with George Lazenby, presented by Concertworks at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 10th September.

This event was presented by Concertworks with WASO engaged by the promoter to provide orchestral services. Mr Lazenby’s recollections were personal views and they are totally unacceptable. His views are not shared or endorsed by WASO or Perth Concert Hall.

We thank performers Bonnie Anderson and Luke Kennedy, conductor Nicholas Buc and the WASO musicians for their professionalism.

Please see statement from Concertworks below:

"Concertworks is extremely saddened and disappointed by George Lazenby’s language, comments and recollections during The Music of James Bond concert at the Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 10 September. These were his personal views and there is no excuse for this in today’s society. They do not reflect the views of Concertworks. On behalf of Concertworks, we sincerely apologise to the audience, performers, conductor, WASO and the Perth Concert Hall. Concertworks denounces Mr Lazenby’s conduct and the final Music of James Bond concert in Melbourne will proceed without Mr Lazenby in attendance"