With Elvis having well and truly exited the building, Parkes and district is now focusing on its next major musical event as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the iconic Parkes Radio Telescope `The Dish’.
On Saturday night, October 8, with The Dish as the spectacular backdrop, a magical evening of famous operatic arias and songs from some of Broadway’s greatest musicals will be performed on stage by the region’s top artists including sopranos Helen Barnett and Julie O’Connor accompanied by the Macquarie Philharmonia 47 piece symphony orchestra.
The concert, titled Bellini to Broadway, is being planned by Parkes Under the Stars, a local community organisation established to deliver the inaugural Opera at The Dish in 2011. The major aim of the event is to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation to assist with their efforts in supplying breast care nurses to regional centres including Parkes.
Already the October spectacular has secured major financial support from Northparkes Mines along with contributions from Parkes Rotary and Quota Clubs.
With the CSIRO planning major Open Days on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, the evening concert is expected to entice hundreds of people to stay overnight in Parkes and district.
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