In 2020 we’re taking our annual Christmas extravaganza west to the Sydney Coliseum Theatre. The venue might be new, but the much-loved seasonal traditions will continue to light up the stage, with stirring Christmas music, popular standards, show tunes and plenty of audience participation!
Special guests Annie Aitken and Teddy Tahu Rhodes will join the 100 voices of our combined choirs for radiant baroque classics, heartfelt show tunes, all your favourite carols and some fun surprises. This year the heart of the concert is The Many Moods of Christmas – magnificent arrangements of great Christmas carols devised by that iconic figure of American choral music, Robert Shaw, and Broadway orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett. During his lifetime, Shaw inspired millions of choral singers around the world (famously saying, “Singing is far too important to leave to the professionals”) and his recordings of The Many Moods of Christmas have remained on the best-seller lists for more than 50 years.
Doris Day, Dolly Levi and Mary Poppins will be there in spirit, and our orchestra will add to the magic with highlights from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Leroy Anderson’s jaunty Sleigh Ride. And in a special treat, we’re reprising Luke Byrne’s rapturous Christmas song Capricorn, which made such an effect when we premiered it in 2018.
It isn’t Christmas without singing, so put on Christmas sparkle and come to Carols at the Coliseum!
Saturday 19 December, 8pm
Sunday 20 December, 2pm
Sydney Coliseum Theatre
Robert SHAW and Robert Russell BENNETT
The Many Moods of Christmas – Four Suites of Christmas Carols
Adolphe ADAM O Holy Night
Benjamin BRITTEN Hymn to the Virgin
Johann Sebastian BACH Christen, ätzet diese Tag (from Cantata 63)
Morten LAURIDSEN O Magnum Mysterium
Leroy ANDERSON Sleigh Ride
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Highlights from Nutcracker
Luke BYRNE Capricorn
show tunes and more!
Brett Weymark conductor
Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra
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