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Unite of the Stars Gala Banquet announces the performance of Lucia Micarelli and Diana Ross

The Altech South African Grand Prix line-up continues!

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27 June 2005

The calendar date of the year for 2005 just has to be the Altech South African Grand Prix happening at Kyalami this year. Diarise these not to be missed dates: 11-13 November 2005 – it‘s set to be the most prestigious event of the year.

Add also to your diary the most spectacular and largest banquet ever seen in this country is happening UNITE OF THE STARS- The Unite of the Stars Gala Banquet.

For her second time only, Ms. Diana Ross will be visiting South Africa to perform at this dazzling affair. The Gala Banquet on the 9 November will be in support of Unite Against Hunger and The Nelson Mandela Children‘s Fund. Ms Ross will also be performing with a host of international and local stars at the Ticketpro Dome that night. Ross has raised millions of dollars for numerous charities to which she has lent her name and has championed many causes especially those concerned with children. Unite Against Hunger is a Crisis Food Relief program spearheaded by food giant Tiger Brands, feeding in excess of 100 000 children every month. One of the feeding schemes it serves is the African Children‘s Feeding Scheme in Soweto.

The Unite of The Stars Gala Banquet will be held at the Ticketpro Dome November 09. For those seeking the perfect end of year corporate evening- this will be the Rolls Royce of corporate functions. Expect fine fare on all fronts, exceptional entertainment and the auctioning of truly phenomenal collectables. Expect a dazzling array of Ex Formula One World Champions the likes of Emerson Fittapaldi, Alan Jones, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet amongst others. Local artists supporting Diana Ross are Danny K, Nianel ,Heinz Winlkler and the home-grown international phenomenon, Soweto Gospel Choir .

Leading this line-up is the ‘first lady of soul and pop‘, the supreme queen of Motown fabulousness. – Ms. Diana Ross,will be joined by new artist violin prodogy Lucia Micarelli .

That defining moment is about to happen again for violin prodigy Lucia Micarelli who performed last year with Josh Grobin on his concert tour of South Africa.. Classically trained, with grounding in everything from jazz combos to orchestral rock, Lucia has already earned a large and loyal following as the lead violinist and concert master in singing sensation Josh Groban‘s touring ensemble. Throughout the tour, the young musician has been receiving standing ovations and wide acclaim, as mentioned in the Arizona Daily Star: “Micarelli was Groban‘s duet partner several times, her violin acting as her voice. Barefoot, she strolled the stage with the grace of a ballet dancer, playing with equal parts passion and ferocity.”

But even her show stopping live performances can‘t prepare the uninitiated listener for the stylistic diversity and consummate creative flair of Music From A Farther Room, her dazzling debut album on 143/Reprise Records, executive produced by Josh Groban.

The incredible range and eclecticism of this New York born, Hawaii-raised artist is evident from the first glance at the track listing. Recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, Music From A Farther Room is a widespread soundscape in which David Bowie, Sibelius, Astor Piazzolla and Rodgers & Hart blissfully coexist. Collaborating with exceptional talent from a number of different genres, Lucia showcases her musical diversity – a gorgeous original from Grammy-winning composer David Foster, the traditional Irish folksong “She Is Like The Swallow” (boasting vocals by Leigh Nash of Sixpence None The Richer); and a reflective duet with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. Consider the lifetime of dedication this twenty year-old artist has brought to the table. A dedicated student of violin from the age of three, Lucia continued her extraordinary musical arc after her family relocated to Hawaii, making her orchestral debut with the Honolulu Symphony at the age of six. Eventually returning to New York, she enrolled in the pre-college division of the famed Julliard School of Music, where she became active in the local jazz and rock scene even as she focused on her burgeoning career in classical music.

Before she left Juilliard at seventeen to enroll at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied under the legendary Pinchas Zuckerman, Lucia had already racked up an impressive resume, including a televised performance with the Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, various solo and chamber music appearances at concert halls throughout the United States, and more than a dozen international competition prizes. After a further year of intensive education, she left school to try her talents in what she calls “the real world,” booking a string of corporate events before joining the famed Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their annual holiday rock opera extravaganza.

Lucia toured extensively with TSO throughout the 2003 holiday season as the group‘s concertmaster and soloist. As that tour ended, Josh Groban invited her to join his band, offering her several features and a solo spot in his show. Lucia rose to the occasion with a crowd-pleasing performance that included snatches of Queen‘s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Small wonder that, in the midst of a barnstorming itinerary, she was offered an exclusive recording contract with 143/ Reprise Records.

Work on her debut album commenced in and around her busy concert schedule, but from the beginning Lucia had a clear sense of the musical direction she would pursue. “My goal was to maintain the integrity of the classical repertoire I grew up with, but present it in a contemporary way. At the same time, I’ve had such a wide range of influences, I felt it necessary to pay tribute. The juxtaposition of old and new is something I’ve been fascinated with for years, and that became the foundation for this record.”

The result is Music From A Farther Room, a tour de force notable as much for its emotional honesty as its extravagant artistry. “When I’m playing the violin,” Lucia concludes, “the instrument is right up against my ear. I hear everything, I can feel the vibrations; the instrument breathes with me. I wanted to bring that intimacy to the record. I wanted the listener to feel like they were being given a private concert.”

UNITE OF THE STARS GALA BANQUET-9 NOVEMBER 2005

Corporate Tables of Ten can be purchased – from R15 000 – R 40 000 a table. Which includes a 4 course spectacular menu and tons of worldclass entertainment

FOR TABLE BOOKINGS Call: DIONNE DOMYAN 083 326 1776 OR LAUREN WILLS 084 622 1766

Gallery tickets at R 640 per person are available to the public from Computicket which include light snacks and wine and malt refreshments.