Night Was Made For Music
Herald - Sun Newspaper, Melbourne, Australia Tuesday September 14,
AT THE OPERA" - As 53,356 fans braved the cold on Saturday
night, AFL bosses were hot-footing it to listen to Italian tenor
a story about the two major administrative heavyweights of the Australian
Football League (AFL) league CEO Andrew Demetriou and chairman Ron
Evans choosing to attend a major musical event rather than remain
and watch one of the major deciding matches in a sport they preside
fans might be offended at such a choice is understandable. However,
I think the action of these two gentlemen sends a clear message
to the public. We need cultural balance in our lives.
Whether the decision to attend Bocelli's concert over football because
it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, or their respective partners
in life wanted to go is irrelevant. I'm sure that both of these
gentlemen will agree it was an exhilarating and exciting experience.
It is a shame
that these high level administrators did not consider the needs
of their constituents when planning the season calendar, so that
the 53,000 fans at the MCG could have their footy in the afternoon
and be encouraged to go to Bocelli in the evening with them.
I am a firm
believer in synchronicity. That the musical and theatrical life
in the city of Melbourne can blend with the sporting life of this
great city. When two high placed executives in the sporting world
find the need for a life outside of sport this cannot be ignored
in a city with as much musical and theatrical activity and talent
as New York and London.
It is time
that the major sporting organisations including the VRC, MCC, AFL,
Grand Prix, take notice of the performing arts calendar and work
with the performing arts community to encourage attendance at cultural
events in the evening around the city after a day of racing, cricket
and Evans may have put themselves in an awkward position with football
fans by not supporting a finals match with their attendance for
the duration of the game. Imagine what would happen if the artistic
director of Opera Australia quietly disappeared from "opening
night" to attend the "Grand Final". The highest level
of dedication and passion is expected when filling such high level
positions of responsibility.
work together so that everyone can go to everything (if they choose
you at the theatre!”