Macquarie Philharmonia’s co-founder Ron Camplin says the new Dubbo theatre has the best acoustics he’s heard.The classically-trained musicians of Macquarie Philharmonia felt like “rock stars” after performing in Dubbo’s new theatre.
Nanjing Night Net

A near full house almost brought down the roof after Australia’s inland symphony orchestra played the final note of An American Dream, comprising the “best from American and American-influenced composers”.

The third appearance in Dubbo of the orchestra, made up of amateur, student and professional musicians, cemented the city’s place in its annual concert program.

As the first symphony orchestra to use the new theatre, the visit also provided confirmation of the quality of the facility.

Orchestra co-founder Ron Camplin yesterday described the theatre as “beautiful, absolutely stunning” with the acoustics being “the best I’ve ever heard”.

As an owner of radio stations, Mr Camplin is considered “astute” when it comes to sound.

The “clapping, cheering and whistling” from Saturday night’s audience also pleased the Bathurst businessman, who, with wife Stephanie, established the Macquarie Philharmonia in 2004 by rallying benefactors and regional musicians.

“They make us feel like rock stars when we go to Dubbo,” he said.

Dubbo and Bathurst are now fixtures in the annual six-concert season of the orchestra, up from two concerts when it was first formed.

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