Saturday 18 September, 7pm
Sunday 19 September, 2pm
The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood
Experience an unforgettable concert with the electrifying Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir as the orchestra presents its beloved Last Night of the Proms symphonic spectacular. This year’s concert, conducted by Guy Noble, will feature two exceptional soloists, Jacqueline Dark and Vivian Choi. The performances on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September celebrate the 10th anniversary of Chatswood’s Concourse Concert Hall and are part of Willoughby City Council’s Emerge Festival.
Since its spectacular inception, the Willoughby Symphony’s Last Night of the Proms extravaganza has regularly performed to cheering packed houses. Concert-goers should act fast to secure their seats before this concert sells out.
As audiences have come to expect, this concert presents a joyous celebration of masterpieces including Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Marches, Parry’s Jerusalem, Arne’s Rule Britannia and other beloved symphonic and choral classics under the baton of Guy Noble. Guy has established a reputation as one of Sydney’s most versatile conductors and music entertainers. He has worked with all of the major Australian orchestras and with artists including The Beach Boys, Ben Folds, Dianne Reeve and Yvonne Kenny.
Jacqueline Dark is one of Australia’s greatest mezzo-sopranos. The multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winner, and recipient of the Vienna State Opera Award by Opera Foundation Australia, has performed throughout Australia as well as with Opera Hong Kong and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Ms Dark recently performed the role of Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and also starred in Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle to critical acclaim.
The Australian pianist, Vivian Choi, has enjoyed an impressive career based in New York for the last several years, and she regularly performs throughout North America in some of the country’s most prestigious venues. Ms Choi has also toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Asia. She was honoured with the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association. The Korean-born Australian, who grew up on the North Shore, was a finalist in the 2020 APRA AMCOS Art Music Award’s Work of the Year in the Large Ensemble category for her world premiere performance of Kate Moore’s Piano Concerto Beatrice. With the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, she will perform Prokofiev’s intense and dramatic Piano Concerto 1.
Willoughby Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Dr Nicholas Milton AM said, “As always, you will be transported by the magic of our Proms concert – in what will surely be a spectacular performance by the Willoughby Symphony and wonderfully accomplished guest artists.
“This symphonic extravaganza is a colossal community event that inspires profound fervour and our 2021 concert features glorious music that will captivate and delight you.”