A star-studded line-up has been organised for this year's Whitelight Concert, which is raising money for Parkinson's Australia.By John Lewis
Organisers of Shepparton’s Whitelight Concert are planning an inspirational night of music and dance next month to support Parkinson’s Australia.
The show’s artistic director Michele McNamara said a star-studded program of talent was lined up to perform at the third Whitelight Concert staged in aid of charity.
Ms McNamara said songs would be drawn from musical theatre, contemporary ballads, light opera, jazz and well-known standards.
‘‘The gala program is designed to take the audience on a journey — to inspire them, to hearten them and to generate hope,’’ Ms McNamara said.
The first concert performed in 2004 was inspired by the death of Ms McNamara’s younger sister Colleen, 36, from breast cancer.
Proceeds went to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
A second concert staged in 2010 raised funds for the Leukaemia Foundation after the death of Ms McNamara’s family friends Nancy Cook and her nine-year-old granddaughter because of leukaemia.
This year’s concert was inspired by Ms McNamara’s aunty Ann Shaw who is battling Parkinson’s disease.
This year, Shepparton performers include renowned singers Helen Janke, Nicky Pummeroy and Andrew Nicholls, choir 36 Degrees South, members of rock band The Manners — Ryan and Michelle Black and Matt Hooper — and former Notre Dame College student Shane Price, who returns with a new image and band Blissando.
The concert will also feature classically trained Shepparton singer Jennifer Molloy, who will sing Summertime from Porgy and Bess and Somewhere from West Side Story.
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