The Festival Theatre will rock its way into autumn with the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s international phenomenon School of Rock the Musical. Based on the iconic hit movie, the award-winning production has conquered Broadway and London’s West End and is now coming to Adelaide from 20 March to 19 April.
In the Dunstan Playhouse, Regurgitator’s Pogogo Show will feature a collection of silly and cheeky songs from the band’s debut kids album The Really Really Really Really Boring Album on 18 April.
Adelaide Festival Centre will again join global celebrations for UNESCO’s International Jazz Day and is revealing the full line-up for International Jazz Day Concert at Woodville Town Hall on 30 April.
As Musical Director, renowned Adelaide musician and composer Lyndon Gray is bringing together a stellar line-up of South Australia’s best local jazz talent: Bonnie Aué (double bass), Lazaro Numa (trumpet), Josh Baldwin (drums), Lauren Henderson (vocals), David McEvoy (keyboard), Django Rowe (guitar) and award-winning vocalist Michelle Nicolle along with foyer special guest artists The Boys Club, an all-female jazz trio.
They will be joined by two international guest artists from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network – acclaimed composer/pianist Pawel Tomaszewski (Katowice, Poland) and tenor saxophonist Piero Odorici (Bologna, Italy). Tomaszewski is a respected recording artist, composer and educator in the European jazz scene, while Odorici’s extensive recording and touring career spanning 30 years has seen him perform in European and American festivals with jazz greats such as George Cables and Ray Mantilla, along with the late George Michael and Luciano Pavarotti.
National Reconciliation Week events will include the world premiere of Grandmothers Songs – a collection of new and unrecorded original works by Ngaanyatjarra singer-songwriter Vonda Last accompanied by Julian Ferraretto’s Pocket String Quartet in Adelaide Festival Centre’s Quartet Bar on 27 May.
“This autumn we will celebrate live music in all its manifestations, and what better place to do this than Australia’s only UNESCO City of Music,” said Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM. “We are also very proud to be the venue for some fabulous Adelaide Festival shows along with performances by home companies State Opera South Australia, Windmill Theatre and the State Theatre Company.”
The Festival Centre’s inSPACE – a program supporting grassroots, independent South Australian artists – will present FEMME by award-winning Adelaide choreographer/dancer Erin Fowler in the Space Theatre from 29 April to 2 May, while Adelaide Festival Centre’s popular Something on Saturday program will feature children’s show When the Mirror Bird Sings in the Space Theatre on 4 April.
For visual art enthusiasts, free exhibitions include 60 Years of Adelaide Festival in the Festival Theatre foyer from 28 February to 27 March and coinciding with 150 Psalms – Photo Exhibition in the Festival Centre’s QBE Galleries.
For more information, visit: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au for details.
Image: Regurgitator – photo by Savannah van der Niet