28 July 2010

Performances by Con students at the World Expo in Shanghai attracted more than 1,000 people every 20 minutes, reinforcing the University of Sydney's sponsorship commitment to the cultural program of the Australian Pavilion.

Over a two week period, the Con's Jazz Big Band and Modern Music Ensemble knocked out 28 dynamic concerts, short and long, to add mightily to the attraction of the pavilion to local and overseas visitors.

The Con groups also performed in six concerts with thousands of music students from Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Fudan and Peking - aimed at expressing the concept that "music breaks down barriers among nations and stimulates cultural communication among youth."

It was hard work and hot, with daily temperatures of 34 degrees. But the Jazz Big Band comprising 19 students and led by conductor Bill Motzing never lost a beat.

The percussion and saxophone ensembles, led by Daryl Pratt and Michael Duke respectively, dazzled the crowds with their innovative performances, presenting new music by Australia's leading composers.

Not content with just triumph in Shanghai, the Jazz Big Band travelled to Suzhou, a city on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in the province of Jiangsu. There the band conducted a masterclass and an evening performance in the magnificent Science and Cultural Arts Centre as part of the Suzhou 2010 International Chamber and Jazz Concert Season.

"We applaud the students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for their commitment to an unforgettable exchange of music and ideas and for showcasing the talent of the Australian arts community," commented Dean and Principal, Professor Kim Walker.

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