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Luther performs at the Sydney Opera House

Performing at the Sydney Opera House, a world renowned performance venue, was one of the highlights of the recent Luther College Music Tour. During the school holidays, a group of 77 students and staff, spent eight days in Sydney as part of the Australian International Music Festival.

This tour provided our students with a wide variety of learning experiences. First and foremost – the opportunity to attend concerts and perform in professional music venues such as the Opera House, the Sydney Town Hall, Angel Place Recital Centre and Verbrugghen Hall at the Conservatory of Music was a once in a lifetime opportunity. To experience what professional musicians feel every day as they perform in such venues was, literally, quite awesome and very inspiring. Luther students appreciated the chance to experience the acoustic qualities of spaces built for performance of sound, the vastness of the back stage and playing to large and discerning music audiences.

 

Participants in the Australian International Music Festival came from as far away as California, Hong Kong, China and New Zealand, and the Festival involved performances by dance troupes, symphonic bands, orchestras, choirs and even a steel drum ensemble, all performing at the highest level. Throughout the Festival, Luther ensembles participated in workshops and adjudicated performances to extend their skills, culminating in the performances at the Opera House.

 

The thrill of the performance alone is one highlight, but to add to this, our students also grew through the experience of travel and being with a large group day-in and day-out for an extended period. Travelling in this way is a logistical challenge and requires everyone to be organised. Our students were no exception and the tour ran very smoothly. It wasn’t all about music with a variety of sightseeing opportunities, including visits to Luna Park which is situated on Sydney Harbour with stunning views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge; Taronga Zoo, where we were lucky to see a baby elephant (among many animals); and a ferry ride to Manly.

 

As a community, it was also wonderful to see so many parents make the trip to Sydney to see their children play at the Opera House. There certainly were many proud moments!

For the Performing Arts Department, it is a privilege to be able to engage our students in learning experiences such as this and we look forward to preparing for our next tour in 2019 which is likely to take us overseas once again. Destination not yet known!

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