Monday, April 29, 2013

Darwin Symphony Orchestra to strike a chord with Mirusia

Mirusia performing with Andre Rieu
The Darwin Symphony Orchestra will perform with one of Australia’s most beautiful voices as part of their first Dry season concert at the Darwin Waterfront next month.

Described by Andre Rieu as his ‘Australian angel’, Mirusia will join the DSO for Strike Up The Band! on Saturday, 11 May.

The performance, which will be held under the stars, also features the Australian Army Band Darwin conducted by Captain Darren Cole.
“We’re thrilled Mirusia and the Australian Army Band Darwin will join us for this concert, which promises to be an unforgettable evening,” DSO General Manager Guy Ross said.

“The program includes Man From Snowy River, Schubert’s Ave Maria sung by Mirusia and the 1812 Overture, topped off only by fireworks.”

Mirusia was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious 'Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award' in 2006 and is an ambassador to the Australian Children's Music Foundation.

She is perhaps best known for her performances with Andre Rieu and is set to wow Darwin with her rendition of Schubert’s Ave Maria, which has more than 10 million hits on YouTube.

Strike up the Band! will be conducted by Captain Darren Cole, who’ll lead the Darwin orchestra and Australian Army Band Darwin for the first time.

“The DSO is one of Australia’s youngest orchestra’s and most adventurous, which is something we’re very proud of,” Mr Ross said.

“We work hard to innovate and evolve, and bring classical music to the people of Darwin.”

The DSO season opener follows the recent announcement of its incoming Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Matthew Wood and performances scheduled for Uluru in October.

Strike up the Band! will commence at 6:30pm with families encouraged to bring a chair or blanket and pack a picnic.

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