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Sydney Opera House to hold music event for governor

Sydney Opera House holds music event for governor
18 Jul 2014

There's a musical event coming up at the iconic Sydney Opera House next month, in honour of the governor of New South Wales, Marie Bashir, and her efforts for the arts and community.

"Governor Bashir has always been a passionate advocate for the vital role of art and culture in enriching the lives of the people of NSW. This tribute concert at the Sydney Opera House is a wonderful way to acknowledge her tremendous support for the performing arts," explained Troy Grant, NSW minister for the arts.

Bashir has been governor of New South Wales since March 2001, and is set to retire this October, having become the area's second longest serving person in the role, and the first woman to take the position.

Tourists visiting Sydney may feel they have little interest in local politics, but that doesn't mean the show would have no appeal to them.

There's a varied programme for the August 23rd Marie Bashir Farewell Musical Tribute.

The last two movements in Symphony No 2 by Brahms are going to be presented by The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and there will be dance and music courtesy of NAISDA Dance College and Musica Viva.

Songs will be performed by Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Emma Matthews and Natalie Aroyan from Opera Australia.

Tahu Rhodes will be performing the South Pacific number 'This Was Nearly Mine', Matthews will sing a piece from Il turco in Italia by Rossini called 'Squallida Veste, E Bruna' and Aroyan will present 'Micaela's Aria' from Carmen by Bizet.

Brandenburg Choir and The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra are among the other performers planning to take to the stage on the night.

Tickets for the event went on sale at 9am Australian time on July 18th.

Proceeds are being donated to a pair of organisations which the governor holds close to her heart - Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off the Streets and the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross.ADNFCR-408-ID-801736349-ADNFCR

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