(From left) Hunter Opera members Mercia Buck, Catherine Sheng Cooper Sam Elmi, and Michael Blaxland with Civic Theatre manager Leonie Wallace and Councillor Carol Duncan at City Hall. Picture: Supplied.
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MUSIC FOR ALL! City Hall kicks off free lunchtime concert series

Do you work in the Newcastle CBD and find your day-to-day devoid of culture?

Well, that’s all set to change thanks to a new, free lunchtime concert series to be held at Newcastle’s City Hall.

The series kicked off on Wednesday with Hunter Opera performing in the grandeur of the venue’s Concert Hall, with Iranian-born tenor Sam Elmi performing alongside Catherine Sheng Cooper on violin and Mercia Buck on piano.

Councillor Carol Duncan said the series was a great way to experience the venue in all its glory.

“Lunchtime performances were held in City Hall in the 1920s, so it’s special that contemporary audiences continue to embrace such a timeless pastime,” Cr Duncan said.

“By hosting free concerts that can be enjoyed by people during their lunch break, we are making City Hall and music culture accessible to all. I encourage people to make the most of the opportunity to see world-renowned acts in one of the City’s most iconic venues.”  

The upcoming free lunchtime concerts are:

Damian Wright – Thursday 10 December from 12.30pm  
Heather Price – Wednesday, 16 December from 12.30pm   
Terence Koo – Wednesday, 23 December from 12.30pm  

The venue is also set to play host to an anticipated show from acclaimed bass baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and renowned flautist Jane Rutter.

The show, Love Songs and Lullabies, promises a night of musical romance where you will be swept away with the passion of operatic Italy, and the classical perfection of Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, and Schubert.

The show will also include gorgeous tunes from the Celtic canon as well as the wit and charm of Cole Porter, Paolo Tosti and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Love Songs and Lullabies is on at City Hall from 7pm on Saturday 5 December. Get your tickets here.

Written by Newcastle Live

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