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Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - Page 9 Melbourne


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Woman car thief jailed


Majesty and power of Russian music

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● Gerard Whateley ■ ABC 774 reporter Gerard Whateley has won the Sports Broadcaster award in the Local Radio honours. Full details on Page 44.


● Darryl Cotton ■ The celebration concert honouring the late Darryl Cotton will be held at the Palais, St Kilda, onTuesday, October 23. The line-up includes Glenn Shorrock, Brian Cadd, Keays and Morris, Daryl Braithwaite, Debra Byrne, Ronnie Burns, Lisa Edwards, Paul Norton, Wendy Stapleton and the Australian Youth Choir.

Rights ■ Sports clubs in north-suburban Darebin will be able to sell naming rights to Council grounds.

■ Caron-Lee Rice, 43, of Parkdale, has been given a minimum six-month jail sentence after stealing a car outside Highett Library. She was also fined $200 and banned from driving for 12 months.

■ Questions about his character and repute have led Kiet Giang, 36, to be refused official permission to work as a brothel manager. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Senior Member Robert Davis affirmed the Business Licensing Authority’s decision to disallow Giang to be a brothel manager. VCAT heard that Giang came to Australia from Vietnam at age three, completed a commerce course at La Trobe University, winning the Dean’s medal. Giang worked as an accountant but became bored with that. In 1998 he started work at ‘Sin City’ brothel for three months. He then worked at ‘Rose’ brothel, then ‘Club 8’. ‘Club 8’ had not been running well, VCAT was told, but Giang encourage the girls, and customers, especially Indian taxi drivers. Club 8’s owner Mr Tiang disputed the evidence, and said Club 8 was running well before Giang arrived. Mr Tiang said Giang was rude, offensive and a poor worker. At one stage hye caught him with a worker in a room with a closed door. Giang said he was cleaning the room. He said Giang was racist and did not like Cambodians. Mr Davis referred to Giang’s employment at Maison D’Amour brothel run by Leila Farsi, describing it as “eventful”. Evidence was given of Giang’s calls to 000, and tapes of him swearing at a sex worker. Allegations were made that he had sex with one of the workers. Ms Farsi gave evidence that Giang sent harassing text messages to brothel workers. Farsi said Giang threats to her included “I will break your legs”, “I will fix you”, “I will burn your shop”, “I will kill you”, “I will kill your son”, and “I will smash your face”. Turn To Page 11

■ If you think of sweeping vistas, intense emotions and impressive music on a large scale one word should come to mind - Russia! All these ideas will come to life in a concert with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic concert, A Russian Spectacular, on Sunday (Oct. 14) at 5pm in the Melbourne Town Hall. The feature work of this concert is Prokofiev's iconic work Alexander Nevsky, which is based on the composer's score for the 1938 Sergei Eisenstein film of the same name and is regarded as one of the most renowned and powerful cantatas of the 20th century. Also on the program is Borodin's popular Polovtsian Dances from his opera Prince Igor, Shostakovich's spectacular Festival Overture Opus 96 (written in 1954 for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the October revolution), and Mussorgsky's haunting Dawn On The Moscow River. For the performance of Alexander Nevsky, celebrated dramatic contralto Liane Keegan has returned to Australia and Melbourne Town Hall as soloist, after an extended international career as a principal singer with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Germany. There will be more than 300 performers from the RMP Choir, Melbourne University Choral Society and almost 100 orchestral players from the acclaimed RMP and Melbourne Youth Orchestra. Conductor of these musical forces, RMP Music Director and Chief conductor Andrew Wailes, who has spent time in Moscow and St Petersburg observing rehearsals at the acclaimed Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres, says this program will be one of the most exciting Melbourne has seen this year. "There is something very powerful about Russian symphonic music which is always best heard on a grand scale in a large space like the Melbourne Town Hall. “Russian music is often rich in orchestral colours, and can be highly dramatic both in the use of dynamics and also harmony which enables a great degree


■ Convicted kidnapper Mark Contin has had a minimum 5½year jail sentence cut to three years. Contin made a guilty plea to b urglary, theft, two charges of kidnapping and one charge of robbery. He asked the Court of Appeal to re-consider the penalty for the offences committed against two females, one of them an 81-yearold. Contin burgled their house, ransacked it over a two-hour period while they were there, made

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BY OUR COURT ROUNDSMAN the women go to an ATM at knifepoint. Supreme Court Judges Buchanan and Weinberg heard that Contin made his appeal on three legal grounds. The Court heard that Contin had prior convictions for aggravated burglary, armed robbery and kidnapping. In 2003, he had been sentenced to a non=parole period of 4 years and 6 months.

● Andrew Wailes and Nevsky of expressive communication of the emotions of the music to the listener." says Wailes. The concert is also a special one as it is the 29th Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Concert, and also an official international event of the 11th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Bookings: www. or phone: 136 100 Further information: or 0427 028 096 - Julie Houghton

Melbourne Observer. 121010A REVISED. October 10, 2012. Part A. Pages 1-26 (Revised)  

Melbourne Observer. 121010A REVISED. October 10, 2012. Part A. Pages 1-26 (Revised)

Melbourne Observer. 121010A REVISED. October 10, 2012. Part A. Pages 1-26 (Revised)  

Melbourne Observer. 121010A REVISED. October 10, 2012. Part A. Pages 1-26 (Revised)