Our past year has been particularly busy, especially if we take into account the ever-increasing number of performances by the Dante Musica Viva choir. We have held seven cultural events covering literature, cinema, music, art and social issues; student enrolments in our formal courses and attendance at conversation evenings have been quite good; and we have published six issues of the newsletter. Our membership has held up well so overall we’ve had a successful year.
But we had one unfortunate incident on 30 November: all of our sound system and keyboard were stolen from a member’s car (it was there in anticipation of installing the equipment the following day for a choir performance at the Italo-Australian Club). Then, thankfully, ten days later the police found the abandoned car with all of our equipment still in it! In the meantime, we had to buy a new keyboard for a major performance that week, and found this new instrument superior to the old one so the choir will keep both and fund raise to repay the loan to the Society. Our emotions went on a bit of a yo-yo ride during this period but all is well now.
Apart from holding a DMV concert to pay for the new keyboard, in 2014 we will continue our program of varied cultural events, our formal courses (larger classes at the Italo-Australian Club and smaller ones in our Library) and the informal conversation groups on Thursday evenings. And every two months you will receive our newsletter. We look forward to your involvement!
Vice-President (and member of the choir)