ANZAC Day & Veterans' Lunch

Please join this ANZAC Day to celebrate and recognize the universal qualities of courage, ‘mateship’ and sacrifice made by all Australian, New Zealand and American service personnel who have fought and been lost at war. This esprit de corps was embodied at the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli, as well as by Australian and American troops who served under the joint Australian command of General Sir John Monash at the 1918 WWI Battle of Hamel and beyond.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Reception 12:00 PM
Lunch 12:30 PM

Cipriani 25 Broadway
25 Broadway, New York
New York 10005, United States

ANZAC Day Commemorative Service: Keynote Speaker

Heather M. Ridout AO

Incoming Consul General of Australia in New York


Heather M. Ridout AO is the incoming Consul General of Australia in New York. Ms Ridout has four decades of experience, including as the former Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group.

Most recently Ms Ridout has been Director of Sims Ltd and Director of Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Limited, as well as a board member of Kroll, the Rand
Corporation Australia, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) External Advisory Panel.

Previously, Ms. Ridout held other various positions, such as Chairwoman of AustralianSuper Pty Ltd., Co-Chairman for Australia Canada Economic Leadership
Dialogue, Board Member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

In 2013, Ms. Ridout was invested as an Officer in the Order of Australia.

ANZAC Day Veterans' Lunch: Keynote Speaker


Admiral Philip S. Davidson

Adm. Phil Davidson is the former 25th Commander of United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), America’s oldest and largest military combatant command, based in Hawai’i.

USINDOPACOM includes 380,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Department of Defense civilians and is responsible for all U.S. military activities in the Indo-Pacific, covering 36 nations, 14 time zones, and more than 50 percent of the world’s population.

Prior to becoming CDRUSINDOPACOM on May 30, 2018, he served as the commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command/Naval Forces U.S. Northern Command. He previously served as the commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and the commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO, while simultaneously serving as the deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

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Australian Chamber Orchestra

“The Australian Chamber Orchestra is uniformly high-octane, arresting and never ordinary.”

The Australian


The Australian Chamber Orchestra lives and breathes music, making waves around the world for its explosive performances and brave interpretations. Steeped in history but always looking to the future, ACO programs embrace celebrated classics alongside new commissions, and adventurous cross-artform collaborations.

Led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti since 1990, the ACO performs more than 100 concerts each year. Whether performing in Manhattan, New York, or Wollongong, NSW, the ACO is unwavering in its commitment to creating transformative musical experiences.

The Orchestra regularly collaborates with artists and musicians who share its ideology: from Emmanuel Pahud, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Olli Mustonen, Brett Dean and Ivry Gitlis, to Neil Finn, Jonny Greenwood, Barry Humphries and Meow Meow; to visual artists and film makers such as Bill Henson, Shaun Tan, Jon Frank, and Jennifer Peedom, who have co-created unique, hybrid productions for which the ACO has become renowned.

Testament to its international reputation, the ACO undertook a three-year residency as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court in partnership with London’s Barbican Centre from the 2018/19 season. This residency followed on from the success of ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti’s time as the Barbican’s first ever Artist-in-Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall.

In addition to its national and international touring schedule, the Orchestra has an active recording program across CD, vinyl and digital formats. Its recordings of Bach’s violin works won three consecutive ARIA Awards. Recent releases include Water | Night Music, the first Australian-produced classical vinyl for two decades, and the soundtracks to the acclaimed cinematic collaborations, Mountain and River.

In 2020 the ACO launched its inaugural digital subscription ‘ACO StudioCasts’, a critically acclaimed award-winning season of cinematic and immersive concert films.

The American Australian Association is proud to partner with The Greatest Generations Foundation on veterans’ initiatives.

The mission of The Greatest Generations Foundation is to render closure to veterans, including those with combat stress reaction (CSR), by facilitating therapeutic return programs to their former battlefields and memorials to ensure that the legacies of our fallen are recorded and retold in perpetuity to future generations.

Their return programs to the battlefields of Vietnam justifies the timeless principles of peace and justice by raising awareness of the selfless courage all Vietnam veterans exercised when they answered the call to help defend the ideals of our nation, in hopes that future generations will never forget their sacrifices and those who were left behind.

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