Chinese New Year's Day Concert to Play Melbourne Recital Centre, Feb 10

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The Chinese performers will share the stage with guest Australian soprano Greta Bradman (grand-daughter of Sir Donald Bradman). Bradman has learnt one well-known Chinese folk song, "In A Faraway Place", while the Chinese tenors have mastered Greta Bradman's choice, Australia's unofficial national anthem, "Waltzing Matilda". Commissioned for the event, the new arrangement by director and conductor of a cappella group The Australian Voices, GorDon Hamilton, captures the fascinating appeal of the collaboration with its capacity to re-imagine familiar cultural artefacts into new and unknown territories. Says concert co-ordinator Barry Plews, "Australia and China are very different and the cultural landscapes in the two countries can be very different indeed, but it is interesting, the two together, performing together, performing the same works together, but being themselves 'different'. Waltzing Matilda indeed!"

The Chinese New Year's Day Concert is presented by the Centre for China Shanghai International Arts Festival in association with the China National Opera House and supported by Orchestra Victoria.

Presented by China Shanghai International Arts Festival, the Chinese New Year's Day Concert will take place on Sunday, 10 February, 2013, at 3pm at the Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank. Greta Bradman, soprano, Gu Xin, Chi Liming, Xue Haoyin & Yang Yang, tenor, and Zu Man, conductor, with Orchestra Victoria. Tickets: melbournerecital.com.au / 03 9699 3333.

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