James Morrison l SA Police Big Band l Ticket Prices l Art Show l Map l 2007 Overview

Waikerie Hotel Motel Music on the Murray

Saturday April 4th, 2009 - Show at 7.30pm

Gates Open at 5.00pm.  Meals and Wines from 5.00pm.

Waikerie’s 2009 Waikerie Hotel Music on the Murray will again take place on the Waikerie Oval overlooking the magnificent River Murray as an indoor/outdoor event. The Stage and A reserve seats will be undercover while the rest of seating provided will be under the stars!  The Riverland's magnificent weather allows us to plan an outdoor event as our first two events proved. Last year we encountered an unfavorable forecast but the introduction of the marquee received favorable support. (Should inclement weather be forecast the marquee will be extended to cover all pre-sold seats.)

The Waikerie Riverfront provides a natural amphitheatre for the event and patrons will enjoy world class entertainment while taking in the environs of the River Murray. So much has been written and talked about in regard to the plight of the Murray and those whose livelihoods depend on the precious commodity of water that flows within it. We are a robust and positive community and invite you to join us and see what the Riverland can offer.

The Events 21 committee are keen to celebrate the positives of what our region and river can offer and invite one and all to come to the Riverland for a musical experience, not to be forgotten.


James Morrison , is one of Australia and indeed the world’s most revered musicians and his contribution to the program promises to be spectacular.
James Morrison is, by anybody’s standard, a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist also plays trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, and piano.
At the age of seven, he was given his first instrument, at nine he formed his first band and at thirteen he was playing professionally in nightclubs. His international career developed equally as fast. Just turned 16 James Morrison debuted in the USA with a breathtaking concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Following this were performances at the big festivals in Europe – including Montreaux, Pori, North Sea, Nice, Berlin and Bern - playing with many of the legends of jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Woody Shaw, Red Rodney, George Benson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ray Brown and Wynton Marsalis to name a few.

Now 41, James Morrison’s career thus far has been diverse and perhaps not typical of most jazz musicians. He recorded “Jazz Meets the Symphony” with The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lalo Schifrin, performed concerts at the Royal Albert hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for Princess Anne. Royal command performances on two occasions for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and for US Presidents Bush & Clinton at Parliament House in Australia.
In 1997, James was recognized for his service to the arts in Australia and awarded a medal of The Order of Australia. In 2000 James was commissioned to compose and perform the Opening Fanfare of the Sydney Olympic Games.

Last year he performed in London with the BBC Big Band at Queen Elizabeth hall, at the LA Jazz Festival, at the Playboy Jazz Festival with Bill Cosby’s All stars, several concerts with The Sydney Symphony, in Mexico and in the desert of Dubai.

South Australian Police Band
The South Australia Police is an institution steeped in proud tradition, being the first Police Force in Australia, and one of the oldest in the World. It was formed in 1838, only nine years after Sir Robert Peel created the first Police Force, the "London Metropolitan Police". Their performances around the world at various tattoo’s is well respected, but their ability to adapt and perform in different musical genres sets this group apart.
The Band of the South Australia Police has long been hailed as a world standard military band, though many have also enjoyed its Concert, Stage and Rock band formats. The Band has had guest appearances by well known singers such as Normie Rowe, June Bronhill, Sir Thomas Edmunds, Brian Gilbertson, Garry Stirling and Catherine Lambert.
Music on the Murray 2009 will give the South Australian Police “Big Band’ a chance to further enhance their reputation as one of the world’s best. The musical talents within this group are world class and we look forward to working with them and being entertained by them.

Ticket Prices

ALL Tickets must be booked at BASS - available from December 1st
Telephone -   via BASS Dial N Charge, on 131 246  or 08 8400 2304 from outside South Australia.
Or purchase online at

Adults - A Reserve * (undercover) $80
Adults - B Reserve $66
*NB - A Reserve seats are not available at concession prices  

Further Enquiries to: Andrew
                                    McCoy Menswear, Waikerie
                                    08 8541 2202
                                    Email motm@riverland.net.au

River Murray Art Prize – Art Show -
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March 27th to April 5th
Waikerie Institute Entry - Gold coin donation
2D Art Prize
3D Art Prize
This year the River Murray Art Prize is to be run from March 27th to April 5th and is again a complementary event to the highly regarded ‘Music on the Murray’ Festival. A total prize pool of $7000 will provide a platform to enhance entries and confirm the place of the River Murray Art Prize on South Australia’s visual arts map.

Following the very successful art prize and exhibition in 2005 and 2007 , competitors are invited to submit entries on the theme ‘The Culture of the River Murray’. There has never been such an important time to reflect on the river, its beauty, its health and its future. This year, the prize, open to all South Australian artists, has continued with a ‘3D’ prize category, for three-dimensional work in any medium, where artists are invited to respond to aspects of the river in sculptural form. The other prizes are the ‘2D’ prize for two-dimensional work in any medium, youth prizes with ‘school’ and ‘senior’ categories and the popular people’s choice award.
An expert panel of judges is being compiled, from visual art professionals and a local judge. All work will be displayed at the Waikerie Institute as part of the festival from 10am to 4pm daily, with an official opening taking place on Friday March 27th at 8pm. All entrants are invited to attend, as the winners will be announced and awarded their prizes during the proceedings.

For more information contact:
Stephen Noble – Noble Accountants
Committee Member
River Murray Art Prize and Music on the Murray
08 8541 2966 or 0417 811 072

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2007 Event
Waikerie's 2007 Music on the Murray was a resounding success. Despite the inclement weather forcing a change of venue from the riverfront to the Waikerie Oval, the committee were able to provide a huge marquee on the oval to cater for the 1500 patrons expected on the night . While the event lost some of its original magic by not being on the water, the intimacy of the marquee allowed patrons to sit in comfort and enjoy the marvellous talents of Pot-Pourri.

Pot Pourri performed throughout the night using their unique talents to entertain the large crowd with their vocal brilliance and humour . Local performers Darrin Trandafil and Desiree Frahn were well received with their solos and duet, as were Maria Williams and Alexa Knight-Betts who joined with Darrin for a rendition of the 'trio' from Mozart's 'Cosi fan Tutte'. Local ABC radio personality, Bronwen Fleming, was delightful in her role as MC and both entertained and informed the crowd throughout the evening.

The River Murray Art Show exhibition and prizes were a magnificent success with the professionalism of the display earning acclaim from the many visitors and artists involved in the event. Feature artist, Ian Abdulla, spoke at the opening and related his experiences and the significance of his works within the local community and around the world.

The committee were delighted to receive the SA Great Regional Arts Award for their 2007 Music On the Murray Event.


Further enquiries email Music on the Murray or phone 08 8541 2202 (bh)

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