Last night the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem was live streamed in libraries across regional NSW, at the Sydney Olympic Park and around the world.
The Make Music Day event was a great success, based on the fabulous feedback coming in from Armidale, Wagga Wagga, Cessnock, Canowindra, Maitland, Tamworth and Parkes who made the most of the occasion. In fact, Tamworth’s conservatorium string quartet and Parkes’ community orchestra played a short set before the main event.
“On behalf of the Wagga community please pass our grateful thanks to Dr John Vallance and SSO for making Verdi’s Requiem so accessible to a regional audience on World Live Music day. It was a very special treat for everyone who attended.” Claire Campbell, Wagga Wagga City Council.
“Our audience were very appreciative of being able to engage with a world-class performance by the SSO – they were moved and uplifted by the power of Verdi’s Requiem. The rousing applause at the end indicated their profound appreciation of the event. And the fact that they could participate in it locally from the comfort of their own library was an added bonus!” Keryl Collard, Maitland City Council.
“The fact that the performance was part of ‘Make Music Day’ and connecting us here in Cessnock with 120 other participating countries around the world demonstrates the amazing advances in technology that makes this feasible." Cessnock resident, Michael Griggs.
“We had 55 guests and our Canowindra Librarian reported this morning feedback has been fabulous. Many people are now kicking themselves for not going because they’ve heard how fantastic it was." Jan Richards, Central West Libraries.
“Tamworth resident Wally Balcombe, who had never been to the Opera House in his 90 years, had a wonderful evening and thought it was the next best thing to being there. He went home glowing.” Kay Delahunt, Tamworth Regional Council.
State Librarian Dr John Vallance hopes that this special event is the first of many for public libraries.