A Swingin’ Christmas Proms

Adelaide Festival Theatre - December 2014

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“As the year draws to a close it is time, once again, for that great Adelaide seasonal tradition, the Christmas Proms. When it comes to family shows, this one takes the cake. Long before he was appointed the CEO and Artistic Director of the State Opera of South Australia, Timothy Sexton brought together his Adelaide Art Orchestra and his singers, along with a couple of special guests, to put on these Christmas shows.

This year the special guests are the much love musical theatre star, Rachael Beck, who is in enormous demand at this time of year with just about every carols event in Australia wanting her to appear, and the extremely personable and versatile tenor, Michael Falzon, who has done everything from Gilbert and Sullivan to his recent success in Rock of Ages.

Each year, there is a theme and, this year, it is A Swingin’ Christmas Proms 2014. This is not difficult for them, as some of Adelaide’s best jazz musicians are members of this orchestra. This is the orchestra that goes from playing in State Opera’s performance of the Philip Glass Opera Trilogy of Akhnaten, Einstein on the beach and Satyagraha, to accompanying many of the world’s top cabaret stars during the annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

The Glass Trilogy won the Professional Group award for State Opera at the Adelaide Critics Circle Awards a week ago. There has to be something that they cannot play, but we haven’t found it yet”.

Barry Lenny – Broadwayworld.com 14 December 2014

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