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March 12, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Lighting The Sails – 59 Productions / Pixies /Australian Chamber Orchestra Featuring The Presets /Giorgio Moroder

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, Vivid Sydney event owner and manager Destination NSW and the Sydney Opera House today announced Pixies, theAustralian Chamber Orchestra featuring The Presets and Giorgio Moroder as the first acts for Vivid LIVE 2014 at Sydney Opera House. Award-winning British artists, 59 Productions have been commissioned to create a brand new artwork for the Lighting the Sails, a visual centerpiece of Vivid Sydney. Vivid LIVE, part of Vivid Music, is an extraordinary celebration of contemporary music as part of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas – Vivid Sydney.

From 23 May – 1 June, the sixth annual Vivid LIVE will present some of the most ambitious and innovative local and international artists at the Sydney Opera House, with this year’s full program to be announced on Monday 24 March.

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director, Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House said“From The Cure to Kraftwerk, Vivid LIVE has become a focus for artists that have shaped modern popular music. It has also become internationally recognised as a platform for exciting collaborations and the presentation of new music.”

“The projects announced today are perfect cases in point. First up is the band the Guardian referred to as ‘the cornerstone of modern rock’ – the Pixies – coming to Vivid LIVE for four Sydney only intimate shows in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. TheAustralian Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s finest string ensembles and also one of its most adventurous. For Vivid LIVE 2014 the ACO present ‘Timeline’, a visually spectacular journey through 42,000 years of music, from Aboriginal percussion to the pulsing electronic beats of contemporary music. The concert has been conceived by the brilliant Richard Tognetti and includes a major collaboration with Australian electronic duo The Presets.” 

“Synth-disco legend Giorgio Moroder will make his Australian debut at Vivid LIVE, with two exclusive engagements. The Grammy-winning artist, producer and composer will play an intimate DJ set drawing from his hit-spanning career, with the godfather of dance music taking part in an exclusive Q&A ahead of The Heritage Orchestra’s epic electro-orchestral tribute to the maestro. Finally, we are delighted that projected artworks on the Opera House Sails will be produced by 59 Productions. 59 Productions have created spectacular projected work for everything from the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics to the international exhibition phenomenon ‘David Bowie is’.”

Fergus Linehan discusses the first Vivid LIVE 2014 artists announced here.

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said“Vivid Sydney brings together the best creative talent from around the world for this 18 day event. Vivid LIVE is bringing an exciting line up of musical and creative talent and the Lighting of the Sails will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen before – and again demonstrates why Vivid Sydney is so unique and special.”

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “Vivid LIVE is the soundtrack of Sydney in winter. This year’s superb musical line-up, combined with the spectacular sails projections, will once again transform the Opera House into the greatest sound and light show on earth.”

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