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An Evening for Stefano Guidi and Anna Leese, 7 septembre 2016 19:30, Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
The music community will come together in support of their own for a special fundraising concert for soprano Anna Leese and her husband Stefano Guidi, after Stefano was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease in April.
The concert will raise funds for the couple and their son Matteo, to assist with medical expenses and support for the family over the coming months.
The concert will feature popular songs from the worlds of classical music and musical theatre with performers including Helen Medlyn, Robert Tucker and James Ioelu from the upcoming season of Sweeney Todd; 2016 Lexus Song Quest winner Benson Wilson and finalists Madison Nonoa and Filipe Manu; and internationally renowned pianist Stephen De Pledge.
“Our little family is still reeling in shock from Stefano’s recent diagnosis of ALS, Motor Neuron disease,” Anna Leese says.
“Unsurprisingly, because Stefano is inherently positive and grateful to be alive, he has decided to fight the illness; we are all contacting research institutes to find out where the most exciting research is happening internationally, and if there are any trials he can take part in.
“Because we don’t yet know which (if any) trials Stefano will be accepted for, we don’t yet know the extent of how costly this is going to be for us so any support is hugely appreciated.”
New Zealand Opera General Director Stuart Maunder says that there has been a huge response from the arts community.
“As soon as we heard the news about Stefano, many of the couple’s friends in the music world got in touch to ask what they could do and this concert will be a great way for friends and music lovers to support the family.
“We’re grateful that Auckland Live and Ticketmaster have come on board to support the event, so that all proceeds can go to the Guidi family.”
An Evening for Stefano Guidi and Anna Leese
Wednesday 7 September
Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Tuesday 16 August via Ticketmaster
The concert will feature (more performers to be announced):
Stephen De Pledge
Members of the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus – Chorus Director John Rosser
Accompanied by David Kelly