Wednesday, January 21, 2009

G'Day USA Week festivities

Our seat in an opera box on the second tier at Carnegie Hall (OK, will use a higher ISO next time)
The end of the show, with the Qantas Choir and all the cast on stage
Jimmy Barnes and David Campbell and the Adelaide Symphony orchestra

Last night, went to the 'Australia Plays Broadway' show, part of the G'day USA: Australia Week, in Carnegie Hall. It is an absolutely magnificent old theatre, truly from the olden days and fantastic acoustics due to its very high ceiling. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra played along with a variety show including Jimmy Barnes, David Campbell (his son), William Barton (didgeridoo player), Olivia Newton-John and Simon Burke was the MC also the Qantas Choir, and others. It was fun and great music. saw a few VIPs; John Olsen (former SA premier, now Aust Consul-General), Julie Bishop and Richard Butler (still hasn't found what he's looking for!). Next time anyone comes to visit it would be worth finding out if something is on at Carnegie hall - its worth a visit for the venue alone. we sat in an opera box up on the 2nd tier. 

There are a few other Australia week events that we'll try to go to. Would've liked like to hear Tim Flannery, who's speaking at a fund raiser tomorrow night, but it's $US 1000 a ticket. Also will be passing on the gala ball at Waldorf Astoria on friday night ($US 325/ticket), unfortunately.

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