The Macquarie Philharmonia performing at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in 2007.Dubbo’s new theatre will be tested again when it hosts a symphony orchestra for the first time tomorrow night.
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Macquarie Philharmonia, dubbed “Australia’s inland symphony orchestra”, is coming to the city to present An American Dream.

Two Dubbo musicians, Stephen Smith and Justin Screen, will perform as part of the 61-member orchestra led by conductor Mark Shiell and supported by two soloists.

The orchestra, established in 2004 by Bathurst couple Ron and Stephanie Camplin, brings together outstanding amateur, student and professional musicians from the Blue Mountains and Central West of NSW.

Musicians from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Conservatorium of Music will join the orchestra this weekend.

Having performed at other Dubbo venues including Taronga Western Plains Zoo, the orchestra’s musical director Fiona Thompson yesterday revealed excitement at it being the first of its kind to grace the stage of the new 500-seat theatre.

She’s been told by a theatre technician that the performance from 7.30pm tomorrow will test out “sound and lighting”.

At lunchtime yesterday about 238 tickets to the show had been sold with more expected to be snapped up today and when the box office opens on Saturday night.

An American Dream is described as a celebration of the “very best from American and American-influenced composers”.

The show will open with the dramatic Fanfare for the Common Man, most recognised as a long-time theme tune of ABC Radio’s World of Sport.

Soprano Helen Barnett will sing songs by Gershwin and Cole Porter while pianist Katherine Day will perform the enduringly popular ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.

The Macquarie Philharmonia will perform in Orange tonight and Bathurst on Sunday night.

Their formal black attire will be adorned with ties and scarves coloured red,white and blue.

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