A Melbourne Symphony Orchestra graphic promoting its George Michael concert.

In Monday’s (12/11) Noise 11 (Australia), Paul Cashmere writes, “Saturday night in Melbourne featured a truly memorable occasion for George Michael fans with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and guests performing the music of George Michael with ‘George Michael: Freedom.’ Back in 2017, producer Amanda Pelman curated the original ‘George Michael: Praying For Time’ event which also featured David Campbell, Brendan Maclean and Jade MacRae with Diesel and Sam Sparro. The 2023 edition, held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, again featured Campbell, Maclean and MacRae with Courtney Act, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Emma Donovan and Adam Thompson along with Gary Pinto and Carmen Smith giving a more diverse offering of the George Michael catalogue. With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey, and a band led by Dorian West, this show gave fans an insight into the songs of George Michael live…. With the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra working with contemporary artists like Kate Ceberano and Birds of Tokyo and now the Songs of George Michael, a new audience is experiencing real music live.”