‘The King of Waltz’ – André Rieu – with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos and tenors, recently filmed a special one-off concert at the magnificent Sydney Town Hall during his Australian tour. André Rieu’s Sydney Town Hall Concert – An Australian Celebration will be André’s next concert for cinemas worldwide. Australia (& NZ) will be first in the world to see it on the big screen – this weekend December 15 & 16 at 1pm at selected cinemas.
André brought 100+ people on his recent three-city, five sell-out show Oz tour – orchestra, performers, technical & production crew, costumiers, make-up artists as well as his photographer, Marcel van Hoorn.
The 135-minute concert in cinemas features extras André and his orchestra filmed in Sydney – including a BBQ on Shark Island and a twilight cruise on Sydney Harbour.
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.
In my experience, when you go to a Shakespeare with fellow Shakespeare lovers or a Chekhov with a Chekhov lover there is something that happens beyond shared engagement. Reverence is too trite a word, communal too overused, immersion too visceral. The word that springs to my mind is quietude. There’s stillness where understanding meets art. The 1995 New York Times review of the first performance of HARVEY MILK the Opera, noted the cheers of the audience. In Sydney’s Town Hall this evening there was no such reaction. Like the aforementioned classics, everyone in the hall knew the story and why it needs testament.
HARVEY MILK is a 3 act opera, music by Steward Wallace and lyrics by Michael Korie. The man of the title was a San Francisco hippy camera shop owner turned politician. On his third attempt, after a change in the laws to allow district elections, Milk became a San Francisco City-County Supervisor on January 9, 1978. This was a milestone for what was then the LGBT community. One of his fellow supervisors was Dan White. Continue reading Left Bauer Productions presents Harvey Milk: The Opera in Concert @ Sydney Town Hall→
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