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Darwin Symphony Orchestra - Bowie

This is the night when the orchestra and conductor have way too much fun –with the audience hugging every inch of the Amphitheatre lawns and letting their hair down too!

Following hugely successful orchestral celebrations of Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and ABBA, this year the Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) welcomes home conductor Matthew Wood to celebrate the music of David Bowie. Wood spoke to Off The Leash about why this will be another unforgettable show. 

It's always one of the most exciting Dry season outdoor music events – and this year you are again celebrating one of the greats, David Bowie. Why is this the year for Bowie? 
I have tried to keep our tradition of celebrating the iconic British bands and musicians – after the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Queen – Bowie was a natural decision. This also marks a tribute to this great artist given his untimely death two years ago.

Tell us about what you've got planned for celebrating this legendary, one-of-a-kind musician.
Bowie was an artist of many voices and great innovation. His continual exploration of artistic expression lends itself to this style of concert and I am sure he would have been thrilled in the knowledge of his diverse oeuvre being celebrated with full symphony orchestra and band. 
Are you a Bowie fan? Or will you have to spend some time delving into his music to help create this show? 
I am a Bowie fan, but will of course have to spend time getting into all the music he left us – which is tremendous – and spend some time on the orchestral scores, looking specifically at the musical marriage of orchestra and band.
Have you got any special guests helping to bring the music – and fashion, and style – of David Bowie to life? 
We do…but, of course, are giving nothing away at this stage…
This is a special guest appearance by yourself as well. You wrapped up officially with the DSO last year and have been in Europe since then. What have you been doing since you left?
I am just on my way from London to Stockholm to conduct an opera (Satyagraha) by the American composer Philip Glass. We then tour this production to Copenhagen and New York. Coincidently, Glass collaborated with Bowie on a few projects. Glass’ 12th Symphony will in-fact be based on material of Bowie’s and will be premiered early next year in Los Angeles.

Sat 30 Jun | 6.30pm | Darwin Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre | See the event listing

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