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Rediscover Disco

Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie because Darwin Symphony Orchestra is taking you back to the golden age of disco!

Transforming the George Brown Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre into a glittering disco dance floor, Darwin’s beloved orchestra returns to the outdoors with their much-anticipated annual music extravaganza, after having to postpone the event last year.

Expect a spectacular night of dancing under the stars to disco hits by ABBA, Village People, YMCA, Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor and more.

Featuring local luminaries Natalie Pellegrino and Shalom Kaa on vocals, enjoy funky tunes, disco lights and dancing queens, as well as delicious food and drink available to purchase on site.

“We hope to have everyone up dancing, dressing up and just really getting into the spirit of the occasion,” says DSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Jonathan Tooby.

“It’s a chance for everyone to let their hair down, especially in the context of recent events. It’s going to be a real celebration … of everyone being able to breathe, go outside, and be in a big crowd, as well as a celebration of great music.”

Natalie PellegrinoThe orchestra also has their chance to shine under the sparkly disco lights, with lush new symphonic arrangements enhancing the pop hits.

“In classical music, there are lots of different colours and textures and sounds, whereas popular music is immediate. So the challenge is writing something interesting for orchestra that doesn’t interfere with the essence of these simple songs,” Tooby explains.

“Because disco is very up-beat, there’s a lot of brass in [the arrangements], lots of rhythmic brass playing!”

So pack your picnic rugs, enjoy the homegrown talent and get down to some groovy brass on the grass!

Sitzler Symphony: Disco

Thumbnail and bottom – Natalie Pellegrino. Photo: Tim Nichol Photography
Header: Tim Nichol Photography

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