5 May 2014
The southern Sydney suburbs will be well represented on Sunday, 25 May, when the NSW Doctors Orchestra under the baton of Dr David Banney presents a fundraising concert entitled Stage & Screen at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood. Supplemented by a few musical medical students, the 78 members of this orchestra practise in medical fields, play for pleasure and gather occasionally under the banner of Musicus Medicus to give concerts for charity.
Several members of the orchestra live and work in the area, including Dr Arthur Teng who specialises in paediatric sleep medicine at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. Dr Teng plays among the cellos and this year he will share the stage with his daughter Joyce, a third year medical student who plays the violin.
Since beginning in 2004, the NSW Doctors Orchestra has made tremendous progress not only in its music making, but also in its philosophy of supporting charities in the arts and medicine. It donates proceeds from its concerts to a different medical charity each year and on this occasion the Day of Difference Foundation will benefit. Established in 2004 by Ron Delezio and his wife Catherine Martin following the tragic accidents of their daughter Sophie, this deserving charity works tirelessly to reduce the impact and incidence of children’s critical injury in Australia.
Convinced of the importance of music in everyday life, the orchestra also supports the arts. It contributes to the Young Virtuosi program run by Fine Music 102.5, and since 2009 it has taken pride in sponsoring the $10,500 instrumental scholarship that carries its name in the annual Sydney Eisteddfod program.
In Stage & Screen, the doctors will perform a program of memorable music from films and ballets. Pianist Evgeny Ukhanov will appear as soloist playing Addinsall’s Warsaw Concerto and Ayse Shanal, a former winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria, will lift her lovely voice in a selection of songs from Leonard Bernstein’s Westside Story.
These talented doctors have a dedicated following, so to avoid disappointment book without delay.
What: NSW Doctors Orchestra Fundraising Concert
When Sunday, 25 May at 2.30pm
Where: The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood
Tickets: Adult: $45; Concession $35; Child $25; Family $95 Bookings: www.theconcourse.com.au or www.ticketek.com.au, calling Ticketek on 1300 795 012 or visiting The Concourse Box Office, Chatswood.
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