ONE of Australia’s most renowned pianists will perform in Warrnambool tomorrow night, kicking off another big week at the Lighthouse Theatre.
In yet another coup for the redeveloped venue, David Helfgott will perform at the theatre as one of only three regional Victorian dates on his national tour.
Lighthouse Theatre manager Greg Diamantis said getting Helfgott to Warrnambool was an example of the bigger-name acts the Lighthouse Theatre was attracting since its revamp.
“This week alone is just amazing,” Diamantis said.
“It’s great to have a classical pianist of his calibre — we’re very lucky to have him.
“His charisma and his story helps make classical music more accessible.”
Helfgott’s tale was told in the movie Shine, which won Geoffrey Rush an Oscar for his portrayal and drew a whole new audience to the pianist.
“The movie Shine put a spotlight on what it takes to be a musician in the top .001 per cent and the sacrifices they make,” Diamantis said.
“When people see David Helfgott play, they know the pain and passion it took to get to that point.”
Mr Diamantis said a few seats remained for tomorrow night’s concert but it had sold very well.
Among the other high profile shows this week is the Russian National Ballet Theatre, which will perform The Nutcracker at the Lighthouse Theatre on Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.
The ballet troupe is regarded as one of the best in the world and features more than 50 dancers.
Mr Diamantis said this week particularly demonstrated the diversity of the theatre’s program — on top of Helfgott and the ballet, the Lighthouse was also hosting the return of much-loved comedian Arj Barker on Saturday night and a Johnny Cash tribute show on Friday night.