Sydney Philharmonia Choirs launches its 2013 program

bringing out American conductor/composer Eric Whitacre for his debut with the choir to conduct his own music, present its first-ever Western Sydney subscription season in Parramatta and Penrith, and present premiere seasons at Carriageworks and The Concourse in Chatswood.

Weymark announced that Australian opera singers Cheryl Barker and Stuart Skelton will delight Sydney Philharmonia Choirs audiences with a Verdi, Wagner and Britten celebration concert, rising Australian mezzo-soprano star Fiona Campbell will sing her first complete Dido & Aeneas and that transcriptions of classic pop songs and instrumental works will be performed by the Chamber Singers featuring Paul Capsis, Genevieve Lacey, Kirsty McCahon and Marshall McGuire. Sydney Philharmonia Festival Chorus & Orchestra will perform a program of classic songs by Cole Porter songs.

In 2013 World Premieres of new works by Lyle Chan and John Peterson will be performed and, in a return to the work's original charitable ethos, Handel's Messiah featuring Miriam Allan, Sally-Anne Russell, Andrew Goodwin and Peter Coleman- Wright, will be presented in partnership with The Children's Hospital, Westmead.

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