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WAAPA helps ECU CELEBRATE 25 years of Making A Difference

Friday, 29 July 2016

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The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts brings the combined talent of its acclaimed students and staff, plus some very special guests, to the Perth Concert Hall for one night only in a joyous celebration of Edith Cowan University’s 25th anniversary on Friday, 12 August.

Enjoy a taste of the amazing diversity of musical talent on offer at WAAPA in this spectacular gala concert at Perth’s premiere concert hall. This one-off concert features students and staff from across all music disciplines. Come and be wowed by the WAAPA Gospel Choir, WAAPA Big Band, Phat Funk Band, Alexandre Da Costa with String Camerata, Faith Court Orchestra, WAAPA Opera Chorus, Defying Gravity Percussion, Eneksis Vocal Ensemble, Sophie Foster & Edwina Masson , Michael Lewis, Alexander Lewis, 3rd Year Music Theatre students, Helen Shanahan, Jazz and Contemporary Music ensembles, the choirs of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School and All Saints' College, Perth and much, much more!

Half of WAAPA's 1200 students study music. WAAPA’s Music Program offers vocational and degree courses across classical music, classical vocal studies and opera, composition & music technology, contemporary music, jazz and music education. This concert will showcase each of these musical disciplines with a diverse range of ensembles dazzling with their dynamism and virtuosity as they traverse pop, rock, gospel, r n’b, funk, soul, jazz, classical guitar, piano, choral music, opera and soaring symphonic music too.

CELEBRATE! will surprise some audiences, says WAAPA Director, Julie Warn: "I suspect that many people don't realise the breadth of our activities. They say 'Oh no, WAAPA's just about acting, or music theatre, or dance.’ Well we have a simply superb music program too!"

As well as the various student ensembles CELEBRATE! Also features some very special guests. The father and son powerhouse that are Michael and Alexander Lewis will perform Bizet’s beloved Pearl Fisher’s Duet accompanied by the Faith Court Orchestra. Australian tenor Alexander Lewis, a graduate of WAAPA’s Music Theatre program, recently completed his training as a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Michael Lewis, one of Australia’s most respected singers, is highly regarded for his command of both operatic and concert repertoire.

2000 Jazz graduate, Matt Jodrell is one of WAAPA’s most accomplished alumni and he returns to lead the Big Band in this very special concert. Matt is a multi-award winning trumpeter and has been winning international awards since 1996 when he was selected as one of five Jazz winners from around the world in the IAJE/NFAA (National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts), receiving the title of a Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellow. Matthew is also an in-demand recording artist, working with likes of Joe Chindamo and James Morrison. In 2008, Matthew travelled to New York where he recorded an album with Dale Barlow and Joe Locke, as well as completing his Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the CELEBRATE! ECU 25th Anniversary Gala Concert performance web page.

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