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SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS TAKE ON HAYDN’S EPIC ‘CREATION ‘

Featured pic Conductor Brett Weymark. Pic by Keith Saunders.

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs upcoming concert will feature the presentation of  one of the great 18th Century choral masterworks, Joseph Haydn’s visionary life-affirming masterpiece, THE CREATION.

Offered for one performance only, in one of the most grand performance venues in the country, THE CREATION will  features two of Australia’s finest soloists – multi-award winning soprano Taryn Fiebig, and acclaimed young counter-tenor Nicholas Jones, joined by more than 350 singers from Sydney Philharmonia’s acclaimed Festival Chorus and players from Sydney’s renowned TMO, The Metropolitan Orchestra.

 First performed in 1798, THE CREATION was an overnight success and remains to this day, a favourite amongst audiences worldwide. An epic work of sublime imagination and power, Haydn’s inspired oratorio evokes the creation of the universe with grace and grandeur.                     Continue reading SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIRS TAKE ON HAYDN’S EPIC ‘CREATION ‘

A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER

(left to right) Brett Weymark, Julia Lea Goodwin and Kerrie Anne Greenland
Brett Weymark, Julia Lea Goodwin, and Kerrie Anne Greenland in the rehearsal room.

Audiences get a real kick out of the Sydney Philharmonia when the Company extends out of its classical repertoire and takes on some of the greats of popular music, such as was their current production, A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER.

Porter was one of the great songwriters of the Twentieth Century, up there with Irving Berlin, Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon, and Lennon and McCartney. He was also an interesting, complex character. This came out in Irvin Winkler’s impressive 1004 bio-pic, DE-LOVELY, with Kevin Kline playing the great, party going composer. Well worth a look.

Back to the show…The Sydney Philharmonia Festival Orchestra, conducted by Brett Weymark was in fine form, and was backed on both sides, and from behind, by the hundreds strong singers from the Philharmonia’s always impressive choir.

Rob Mallet, Kerrie Anne Greenland, Caleb Vines and Julia Lea Goodwin, recent graduates from established schools, either WAAPA or the Con, were in sparkling and playful form, as the concert’s four soloists.

All the favourite songs from Porter’s large songbook were performed including I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU, BEGIN THE BEGUINE, NIGHT AND DAY, BLOW GABRIEL BLOW, ANYTHING GOES,

This was a swell night of Cole Porter standards. A CELEBRATION OF COLE PORTER played the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House on Thursday September 19 and Saturday September 21, 2013.