18 March 2010

The great musical conjunction - Open Day 2010 - is shaping as a blockbuster.

The program of events, involving Faculty, Students, Alumni and Guest Artists, is looking to top what was very successfully showcased in 2009, to the enjoyment of more than 10,000 visitors.

The festival, on Sunday 28 March, will present the biggest array of concerts, displays, performances and lectures on record - involving a broad range of musicians, composers, researchers and artists, from apprentices to masters.

"The festival is predicated on welcoming people of all ages and from all walks of life to one of the world's leading music institutions, and boy, have we got a great show this year," commented Dean and Principal, Professor Kim Walker.

"It is just so exciting and inspiring that so many people - from across The Con, the Conservatorium High School, Regional Conservatoria, external musicians and artists from overseas - are coming together to make the festival happen in a big way.

"We are truly blessed with the line-up this year. Music and music talent are to the fore on all fronts. Just about all genres, and a variety that will provide at the very least something for everyone.

"To add to the lustre will be The Con's very own tribute to Governor Lachlan Macquarie and Mrs Macquarie.

As is widely appreciated The Con's original building was once their official stables."

Open Day will start with a Welcome to Country ceremony followed by two performances that are part of this year's NSW Government's Macquarie Bicentenary


A five minute poetry recitation created by students from Macquarie Fields High School,and drawing on the speech the Governor made after landing in Sydney to take up his post on 30 January 1810.

The first public appearance (courtesy of the Museum and Sydney and Historic Houses Trust of NSW) of Elizabeth Macquarie's cello, made in London in 1812 and shipped to Sydney in 1814, followed by the world premiere of a new work by legendary composer Peter Sculthorpetitled "Remembering Mrs Macquarie." The composition - written in honour of Her Excellency, Governor Professor Marie Bashir- will be performed by Emma-Jane Murphy(cello) and William Barton (didgeridoo).

The Open Day Program will then get into full swing. For a taster of what visitors, subscribers, donors and friends will be able to choose from visit the media room

Contact: Mick Le Moignan

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