Sunday, June 28, 2009

RAI International Highlights of Italian Week 2009

Highlights of Italian Week produced by Alessandro Sorbello for the Italian Government as shown on RAI International. The segment aired internationally and showcased the events of the Friday night and Sunday concert.

Raitalia is the international television service of RAI, Italy's public national broadcaster.

Italian Fashion Week is an event organized to promote Italian design and Made In Italy. Appreciated and valued the world over, Italian fashion and Style is has inspired countless designers and stylists. During Italian Week, Italian born designer Elio Marzullo owner and creative director of the label Elio Moda showcases Italian designs and Italian Inspired works from designers such as Subfusco and emerging stylists from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, fashion who have created a range of Italian Inspired designs. Direct from Italy and supported by the Italian Embassy in Canberra, Italian Week is proud to present Fatima Scialdone, Roberto Nobilia performing at the Opening of Italian Fashion WeekAustralian born Roberto Nobilia Robert has written and recorded many albums, including the work of Stark which is the collaboration between himself and musician/producer Lindsay Askew who plays guitar Italian Motor Expo 2009 Queen Street Mall and Reddacliff Place For lovers of the sleek lines and high performance of Italian Motor vehicles, the Italian Motor Expo is not to be missed.

18 year old rising star, Zosia Kilmartin, is a classically trained singer. One of the highlights of Zosias career, to date, is her recent appearance at the annual Opera on the Mountain open air concert in May. This event featured Zosia along with 10 of Australias top opera singers Alex Ranieri 16 year old Alex Raineri currently studies piano performance with Leah Horwitz, OAM at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and also studies composition with Gerard Brophy. In November 2008, Alex was awarded a distinction in his Trinity College of London' LTCL exam and the Top of the State award. Also in 2008, Alex performed Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' with the Queensland Orchestra in the keyboard finals of the 'ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards'.

Raffaele Pierno is a graduate of the Conservatorium Domenico Cimarosa in Avellino, Southern Italy. Graduated with a Diploma di Canto in 1998. He performed extensively across Italy including Concerts of traditional Neopolitan songs for the Mayor and the Cardinal of Naples in il Duomo di Napoli; tribute to Enrico Caruso 1995; Messa di Gloria of Mascagni with Lucia Tramontano (official accompanist at Teatro San Carlo).

Dominique Fegan Dominique has performed with numerous operatic societies in south east Queensland and in the UK. Principal roles include Casilda in The Gondoliers, Angela in Patience, Anna in The Merry Widow, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, The Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Guenevere in Camelot, Maisie in The Boyfriend, and Hugette in The Vagabond King. Dominique joined Opera Queensland as a chorus soprano in 1995 and has appeared in numerous concerts and productions.

Italian Waiters Race Waiters and waitresses representing Italian restaurants in Queensland will gather in The Queen Street Mall to compete in a relay race with a difference—the runners have to carry glasses of wine on a tray without spilling a drop.The waiters race, or Corsa dei Camerieri in Italian, is one event of the Tastes of Italy to be held over the weekend.
Marco Evans in concert Marco Evans grew up in a very musical household. His grandmother, father and his aunt are all singers, musicians and performers.

Paolo Diotti in concert Pianist, composer, arranger and producer, Paolo studies music since age 5 and has arranged and composed music for theatre: In alto mare di Slawomir Mrozek (1994), Cibo di Carla Vistarini (1995), Guglielmo e la moneta doro di Mino Milani (1996), Paolo is the winner of two scholarships by the world famous CET musical institute of Mogol: composed music for theatre:

Lisa Hunt in concert - Lisa Hunt began singing in that great African American tradition, the gospel church, there was laid the foundation of her soulful singing style. In Italy she has been the featured vocalist on tour and recordings of ZUCCHERO Sugar Fornaciari for over 15 years and has worked with a range of artist from Andrea Bocelli, and Luciano Pavarotti. You can check out her on Pavarotti and friends.

QCTV Italian Week Interview

QCTV Italian Week Interview
Filmed at the Westpac bank, an Italian Week sponsor, Phil Di Bella, Francesco Capecchi, Fatima Scialdone, Alessandro Sorbello , Donagh Worner discussed the upcoming Italian Week 2009 with QCTV.

Fatima Scialdone on QCTV for Italian Week

Fatima Scialdone on QCTV in Brisbane as part of Italian Week with Maria Lamari

Friday, June 26, 2009

Letter from the Italian Consulate

Consulate of Italy in Brisbane
the ConsulBrisbane,
3rd June 2008

Dear Mr. SorbelloI wish to congratulate you for your great contribution to the success of the Official Italian Week 2008.
This Consulate of Italy recognizes and appreciates your great personal effort as the producer of the Official Italian Week 2008 in order to present with us, a real image of our country in Brisbane, through events of great quality.

Both Italians and Australians who were present to the Official Italian Week appreciated the quality of the programme and the level of organization of the events. You already know how much I evaluate your contribution, but allow me to say that it was thanks to your passion, persistence, professionalism that a modern, vibrant and vital image of our country was so successfully presented.

I wish to thank you again for your precious cooperation, sure that we will be associated also to the Official Italian Week 2009
Best Regards
Francesco Capecchi

Sig. Alessandro Sorbello
Direttore New Realm Media
PO Box 1198 Stafford,
QLD 4053

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Interview With Louie Shelton

In 2007, producer, Alessandro Sorbello interviewed Louie Shelton on Australians Gold Coast for New Realm Media . Louie Shelton discussed his career and the his experiences playing with such artists as Boz Scaggs' "Low Down", Lionel Richie's "Hello", Neil Diamond's "Play Me", The Jackson Five's "I Want You Back", "ABC" and "I'll Be There, The Monkees' "Last Train To Clarksville" and "Valerie".

Some of the other artists Louie recorded with include John Lennon, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Kenny Rodgers, The Mamas & Papas, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.

Not only did Louie play guitar on Seals & Crofts greatest hits, "Summer Breeze", "Diamond Girl", "We May Never Pass This Way Again" and "Get Closer", he produced their many Gold and Platinum albums. Some of Louie's other production credits include Art Garfunkle, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Dan Seals, Cory Wells (of Three Dog Night), Jane Oliver, The Southern Sons, Mother Hubbard and Nashville Guitars.

'... Arrivi ... Partenze' which was officially opened by The Ambassador for Italy in Canberra

‘…Arrivi …Partenze’

On the 5th and 6th of June, at the request of the Consul of Italy, I produced the dance-theatre piece '... Arrivi ... Partenze' which was officially opened by The Ambassador for Italy in Canberra, H.E. Stefano Starace Janfolla. The event was a joint venture between, Multicultural Affairs Queensland, The Italian Government and New Realm Media and featured as part of the official Italian Week 2007. My role was executive producer. The Premiere occurred at the Queensland Perfoming Arts Complex in Brisbane. The dance-theatre piece “...Arrivi ... Partenze” explores the issue of movement and its various meanings: necessary condition for the human being, expression form and communication medium; need of a group resulting in nomadism and migration. The multimedia performance incorporates the use of music, dance, acting, video projections, live music and various other art forms. Watch the film trailers. You may wish to see a photographic slideshow

Hear and Say Centre Governor General

On the 24th of October 2007, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, launched Hear and Say WorldWide at Admiralty House at Kirribilli in Sydney. Honoured to be a guest of the Governor-General, It was my pleasure to film and produce the footage of the launch. The Governor-General is the patron for The Hear and Say Centre . You may wish to see some photo's of the launch and you can read the Governor-Generals speech. The launch of Hear and Say WorldWide coincided with the release of Peter Cupples new Album ‘about time’, Peter graciously allowed me to use some of his music on the production of the films.

Louie Shelton An abbreviated mini documentary on Guitar legend and producer

Louie Shelton An abbreviated mini documentary on Guitar legend and producer Louie Shelton, who has worked with all the greats. Have a look at the albums he worked on or produced.. You would have heard Louie Shelton's signature guitar riffs and solos on more hit records than any other session guitarist in history. While there are too many to mention, some of his classics include, Boz Scaggs' "Low Down", Lionel Richie's "Hello", Neil Diamond's "Play Me", The Jackson Five's "I Want You Back", "ABC" and "I'll Be There, The Monkees' "Last Train To Clarksville" and "Valerie". Some of the other artists Louie recorded with include John Lennon, Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Kenny Rodgers, The Mamas & Papas, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.

Concert of Italian pianist Olga Zdorenko Landi

Olga Zdorenko

In collaboration with the Consulate of Italy in Brisbane, It is my pleasure to promote and manage the media for the concert of Italian pianist Olga Zdorenko Landi on Saturday 15th December 2007 at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, 78 Musgrave Road, Red Hill. Olga Zdorenko Landi graduated in 1994 in piano at the ''Tchaikovskij'' Academy of Music in Moscow with E. Malinin and in 2001 with S. Perticaroli at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She has won awards at several international piano competitions and has performed in the most prestigious European concert halls. See some of the Highlights of the Concert here - Read More

Monday, June 22, 2009

Paolo Diotti and Alessandro Sorbello at Italian Fashion Week

Thought for the day - Canned chatter

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter. - Aleister Crowley

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Launch of Italian Fashion Week in Australia

At the official Launch of Italian Fashion Week in Australia, Elio Marzullo creative director of the label Elio Moda, the Italian Consul, The Ambassador of Italy, Gian Ludovico de Martino di Montegiordano and Italian Week Executive Producer Alessandro Sorbello celebrate a successful international collaboration between the Queensland and Australian Government after the Italian Fashion on Show in the Queen Street Mall.

Quest Newspapers coverage of Italian Week and Italian Fashion Week

Degustation dinner anyone? Decadent wine-matched lunch? Choices abound in Brisbane in upcoming weeks. Here are just a few…

BRISBANE: All things Italian will take centre stage in Brisbane for Italian Week from May 26 to June 2. The CBD will be a hive of activity, including performances of highlights from Romeo and Juliet at the Queen Street Mall stage on May 26, 28 and 30

BRISBANE: Food guru Jan Power will salute Italian food and wine at her Wednesday market next week. “I researched farmers markets in Italy and all over Europe before I launched the concept in Brisbane,” Jan said.

Metropolitan South Institute of Tafe fashion students did a dress rehearsal of their garments, which will be part of Italian Fashion Week parades in the City this weekend - Pictures: Dale Haberfield and Jim Campey See and buy thousands of photos at Newsphotos

THERESA Lariza’s designs on becoming an internationally renowned fashion designer have taken a stride in the right direction. The Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE fashion graduate was one of 18 handpicked to showcase their Italian inspired creations as part of 2009 Italian Week celebrations.

THE work of Wynnum fashion students Edwina Tait, 18, and Stacey O’Keeffe, of Capalaba, will be showcased during parades to mark Italian Fashion Week celebrations. Ms Tait’s design was shortlisted with the works of 18 students selected from a 450-strong entry field from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE.

BROOKFIELD’S Tahli Accad will showcase her Italian-inspired creations at Italian Week celebrations this weekend. The Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) student is among 18 fashion students handpicked to showcase their garments in the fashion extravaganza which runs in the Queen Street Mall from May 29 to 31.

HER mother is Zimbabwean and her father South African, but Kirsten Reynolds has turned to Italy as inspiration for her latest fashion collection. The Springwood designer’s garments will be paraded on the runway in Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall this weekend during Italian Week celebrations.

THE creations of Morningside fashion designer Melinda Toomey will be on show this week. Melinda is among 18 fashion designers from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE showcasing their Italian-inspired creations at Italian Fashion Week. The students were handpicked to exhibit their garments in the fashion extravaganza which will be held in Queen Street Mall from May 29-31.

FOOD and family were at the core of Michele Di’Bartolo’s upbringing. Memories of sitting in her grandmother’s kitchen watching her cook, coupled with a trip to her ancestral home of Sicily in 2005, spurred the lawyer to put pen to paper upon her return. The result is The Sicilian Kitchen, a memoir with a liberal dash of traditional, home-style Sicilian recipes scattered throughout.

ALDERLEY: Italians have taken over Alderley in the lead up to a festival which celebrates the culture, history, and food of the boot-shaped country. Italian Week organizer Alessandro Sorbello said the week-long celebration was now in its third year and provided an insight into Italian culture. “We’re bringing the ‘la bella vita’ (life is beautiful) essence of Italy to Brisbane,” Mr Sorbello said. “This year’s celebration will capture the flare and excitement of one of the world’s oldest countries.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Italian Week to showcase modern flavour

Sink your teeth into Brisbane's Italian Week.
Ask the boss of Italian Week where to get a slice of authentic pizza in Brisbane, and he doesn't want to talk about it.

Rather than focus on age-old images of red-and-white check tablecloths and steaming bowls of bolognese, Alessandro Sorbello would rather talk about the modern Italy.

The producer of Italian Week 2009 said it was time Brisbane embraced the complexity and depth of modern Italian culture, rather than just focus on the past.

"It's important that we do not ignore our heritage," Mr Sorbello said. "Neither should we let the past hold us back."

The recent closure of Newmarket's long-standing Italo-Australian Centre was a sign Italian culture in Brisbane needed to move with the times, he said.

"After several decades of offering a place for Italians and people passionate about Italy to unite, this Brisbane icon leaves a large gap within the Italian community," he said.

"(This) highlights the need to evolve and celebrate Italy as the modern, fascinating and alluring country that it is today."

Hence the program for this year's Italian Week, which runs for a week from today, is designed to cross generations and celebrate the integration and differences between the cultures of Australia and Italy.

"Whether you're a connoisseur looking for a taste of the world's finest wine or homemade pasta, or a fashionista looking to the catwalks of Milan for inspiration, Italian Week is a chance for locals to experience the culture and delights of this beautiful country," said Mr Sorbello.
Now in its third year, Italian Week will this year be housed predominantly in Queen Street Mall for the first time.

The program comprises a host of film, opera, music, fashion and food events, culminating in Festa della Repubblica (Italian National Day).

"We were really trying to express the full gamut of Italian ingenuity and attitude to life this year," Mr Sorbello says. "From astronomy to gastronomy, technology and textiles, this year is about the good life, the old life and the new life."

For more information on Italian Week, including a full listing of programs and events visit

Katherine FeeneyMay 25, 2009

CBD gets a taste of Italy

Workers strolling through Reddacliff Place in Brisbane's CBD today got a colourful taste of what to expect from the second half of Italian Week.
Models draped themselves over a Vespa scooter and red Fiat convertible, three tenors paid tribute to operatic icon Luciano Pavarotti and waiters from the old country practised running with trays of wine-filled glasses.
Festival producer Alessandro Sorbello said the week-long celebration had already been a hit with the city's residents, but the best was yet to come, including Italian Fashion Week parades, numerous musical performances from internationally renowned artists, a motor show and more food events.
At the end of the day, however, he said he hoped the festival left Brisbane residents with a deeper understanding and affinity for the Italian way of life.
"Italy has such a rich culture that we want to start to really now tap the broader, the deeper dimensions of it,'' he said. "We want to say it is about food, it is about fun and wine, but there's much, much more to it as well there's also a way of life. They (Italians) are very much orientated around now, about being spontaneous.

"You don't know which day is your last day so why not have a great day every day?'' Mr Sorbello said there was no reason why the sunshine state's celebration of all things Italian could not become bigger than its southern rivals. "We're going to keep building,'' he said.

"Melbourne has the Lygon Street Festival and Sydney has the Norton Street Festival, and now Brisbane has the Italian Week Festival. "Absolutely we can be bigger. "Next year we have plans to bring in architecture and visual art so we can really transform the city for Italian Week into Italy.''

Major events over the coming days include fashion parades showcasing Italian and local designers' creations in the Queen Street Mall on Friday and the weekend; the Italian Motorshow in Reddacliff Place on May 31; the Italian Waiters Race held as part of Tastes of Italy on May 31 which re-enacts the 1950s race in Rome's Colosseum and a host of free concerts from star performers on the Queen Street Mall stage and in Reddacliff place.

Simon O'Brien May 28, 2009

Some highlights of Italian Week 2009

A range of image showing Italian Week 2009 highlights - more to come in due course

La Bella Vita in Brisbane with Alessandro Sorbello and Maro Cali

Alessandro Sorbello and Mario Cali enjoy lunch in preperation for Tastes of Italy, A feature of Italian Week 2009. Wines by ItaliQuore (Thanks Filippo D'arro) and foods by Eurofoods Qld (thanks Sam Monforte)