The City of Boroondara is inviting families to enjoy a series of free summer outdoors performances, ranging from jazz, opera, soul to cinema at their beautiful parks every Saturday evening from 2 February to 16 March. With musical performances from Fem Belling, Emilia, The Parlour, Horns of Leroy and Quarter Street, audiences will enjoy diverse variety of music to sit back and relax to, or jump on their feet and dance to. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic and step into Boroondara’s beautiful parks, or buy a burger, sausage sandwich, sweet treat or coffee from the Rotary Clubs’ onsite BBQ. Events feature:
Jazz in the Park, St James Park, Hawthorn (2 February – 6pm to 9pm)
The series opens with a dazzling performance by award-winning jazz sensation Fem Belling and the sweet sounds of Elissa Rodger supporting. Jazz in the Park will entice audiences with old vintage classics and smooth soothing jazz.
Soul in the Park, Greythorn Park, Balwyn North (9 February – 6pm to 9pm)
Be transported back in time with Melbourne-based artist Emilia’s timeless voice, which has been likened to heroes such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Emilia will be supported by Canadian singer-songwriter Meiwa, known for her
Opera in the Park, Canterbury Gardens, Canterbury (16 February – 6pm to 9pm) Audiences can enjoy a theatrical musical performance from much-loved opera group The Parlour, supported by accomplished violinist and 3MBS The Talent winner Rose Kavanagh. Be treated to a virtuosic evening of beautiful serenades and soaring vocal fireworks as you listen to your favourite classical music under the stars.
Cinema in the Park, Anderson Park, Hawthorn (23 February – from 7pm. Movie to begin at sunset)
Kick back, relax and enjoy a cinematic experience of the beloved Pixar animated film Up which follows the exciting ‘balloon-powered’ adventure of Carl, Russell and a golden retriever named Dug who end up in the rainforest after tying thousands of helium balloons to their house. A heart-warming film for the whole family that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious. The wonderful Boroondara Brass Band will be opening the evening, performing a repertoire of beloved movie themes.
Brass in the Park, Markham Reserve, Ashburton (2 March – 6pm to 9pm)
Enjoy a night of live performances from Horns of Leroy. With sounds inspired by flavours from New Orleans to Fitzroy, this seven-piece raucous street outfit take brass band music to a whole new level with original tunes and inventive covers of chart-topping songs. Supporting band The Seduceaphones are at the forefront of the Melbourne gypsy music scene and are sure to engage the whole family with lively music that will get you up on your feet.
Latin in the Park, Victoria Park, Kew (16 March – 6pm to 9pm) Enjoy an evening of energetic Latin music with Quarter Street, taking you back to the heart of classic salsa and emphasizing the raw sounds of 1970’s New York. Known for their driving rhythm and brass section and engaging performances, Quarter Street will have you dancing to the festive music of Cuba.