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Darwin Symphony Orchestra at Uluru

After the success of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra Event in October 2013, Ayers Rock Resort introduces a series of events showcasing the cultural landscape of the Red Centre. Vist our events page here for more information and a full listing of our 2014 calendar of events.

Darwin Symphony Orchestra at Uluru

Playing a once in a lifetime concert experience, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Uluru for two nights on October 18th and 19th. This event is not to be missed, and is perfect for both symphony lovers and those wanting to see Uluru in a completely unique way. With Uluru providing the backdrop for the concert's setting, this will be an iconic and memorable occasion - book before tickets are sold out!

Outback Symphony 2 nights from$519*pp twin share

Outback Symphony Package:

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast
  • 2 Darwin Symphony Orchestra C reserve concert tickets including concert transfers and meal package
  • Free Indigenous guest activities
  • Return Ayers Rock Airport transfers to your hotel
  • Free use of Ayers Rock Resort shuttle bus service

Outback Symphony Program

Darwin Symphony Orchestra at Uluru

Evening 1: Friday 18 October - Viva Verdi!
Including highlights from many of Verdi's greatest operas including Rigoletto Aida to La Traviata, Verdi's works are the cornerstones of opera companies repertory worldwide. Verdi's powerful and inspiring music will be brought to life by the stunning soprano Emma Matthews and acclaimed tenor James Egglestone, stars of Opera Australia.

Perfect for first time opera-goers and devotees alike; Viva Verdi! will be a true celebration of the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most beloved opera composers of all time.

Conductor: Matthew Wood
Soprano: Emma Matthews
Tenor: James Egglestone

Evening 2: Saturday 19 October - Sounds of Australia
A culturally significant commission of artistic work in collaboration with Indigenous musicians. A diverse musical evening celebrating the Sounds of Australia with guest artists James Morrison and William Barton.

Audiences can expect a diverse evening of music including classic masterpieces such as Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and excerpts from Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra. At this program's heart lies Earth Cry for didgeridoo and orchestra by one of Australia's leading and most celebrated composers Peter Sculthorpe. The concert will conclude with a bang as James Morrison treats the audience to some exhilarating jazz trumpet accompanied by the Darwin Symphony Orchestra.

Conductor: Matthew Wood
Soloists: James Morrison, Trumpet; William Barton, Didgeridoo

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Artist Profiles

Darwin Symphony Orchestra at Uluru

James Morrison is, by anyone's standard a virtuoso in the true sense of the word. Besides the trumpet, this multi-instrumentalist plays trombone, euphonium, flugel horn, tuba, saxophones, double bass and piano.

At 49, his career has been diverse and not typical of most jazz musicians. He recorded "Jazz Meets the Symphony" with The London Symphony Orchestra and has performed Royal Command performances for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He has performed at The Royal Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for Princess Anne. He has been recognised in Australia for his service to the arts and was awarded a medal of The Order of Australia in 1997. This is James' first performance with the iconic Uluru as his backdrop.

When not writing film scores, composing or being patron of several youth orchestras, James relaxes by flying his private plane or driving in rally championships.

William Barton with Darwin Symphony Orchestra at Uluru

William Barton is an Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo player. He was born in Mount Isa and learned to play from his uncle, an elder of the Wannyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of Western Queensland. He is widely recognised as one of Australia's finest traditional didgeridoo players and a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world.

By the age of 12 Barton was working in Sydney, playing for Aboriginal dance troupes. At the age of 15 he toured America, after which he decided he wanted to become a soloist rather than a backing musician and started to study different kinds of music. In 1998, he made his classical debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and became Australia's first didgeridoo artist-in-residence with a symphony orchestra.Barton has since appeared at music festivals around the world and has also recorded a number of orchestral works.

On 3 October 2012, Barton won the ARIA Music Awards of 2012 for Best Classical Album[11] at the Fine Arts and Artisan awards presented at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Emma Matthews with Darwin Symphony Orchestra at Uluru

Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded coloratura soprano having received more Helpmann Awards than any other individual artist, nine Green Room Awards, the Mo Award and the Remy Martin Australian Opera Award. She is equally at home with opera and concert repertoire, and has performed with all the Australian State Symphony Orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Liaison, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and at the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals. She has also appeared as a special guest with Jos Carreras in his Sydney concerts.

Emma's solo album of bel canto arias, Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo was released by Universal / ABC Classics to critical acclaim.

Darwin Symphony Orchestra at Uluru

Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is one of the youngest orchestras in Australia, as well as one of the most adventurous. It was founded by Professor Martin Jarvis OAM, who arrived in Darwin in 1988 to develop an orchestra for the Darwin community. The city had many keen musicians who, for many years before Martin's arrival, had been coming together under different names to perform for musical productions and stage orchestral concerts.

The closely-held DSO values of accessibility and community were developed early on. Filled as it was with passionate volunteers (as it still is), the orchestra placed importance on locals' involvement and enjoyment of a musical style that hadn't often been performed in their own backyard. The desire was to bring music to audiences, rather than to sit back and wait for them to arrive.

In its 22 years, DSO has performed at Simpson's Gap in Central Australia, Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsular and Yirrkala, Milingimbi and Maningrida in Arnhem Land. The orchestra has collaborated with indigenous artists on many of these tours, working with the Ladies Choir in the Daly River, backing Yothu Yindi, performing with Don Weluk and most recently sharing a stage with Warren H. Williams, Catherine Satour and Jacinta Price in Alice Springs.

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*Conditions Apply: *Price per person twin share, inclusive of GST and airfare related taxes and charges. Accommodation is based on 2 nights at the 3.5star Outback Pioneer Hotel. Prices are subject to change without notice and limited availability. Flights are subject to airline and booking class availability and once class is sold out, surcharges may apply. Flights from Sydney and Melbourne include carry on luggage only and additional charges apply for checked luggage. All concert ticket and accommodation bookings are non refundable and non changeable. Valid for sale until 31Aug13 and for travel 18-20Oct13. Quote booking code: TDC3DS1

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