Doors Open7pm - Preshow talk with Perry Vlahos 7.30 - 8.15pm then show.
A sound and visual spectacular, featuring 10 String Guitarist Matthew James Fagan (aka Lord of the Strings!) plus band and orchestra performing the music of Pink Floyd, Holst, War of the Worlds, ELO, Led Zeppelin, Queen, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alan Parsons, original compositions and more.
Also starring Perry Vlahos – a leading astronomer and acknowledged expert in the night-sky. He’ll be presenting a multi-media spectacular and giving a fully illustrated talk prior to the performance. Perry will mirror the music live during the performance, using an interactive night sky viewing program, projecting the stars live from past to present, and future, taking the audience on a journey through the Cosmos.
Matthew Fagan has performed in over 120 countries and as guest artist with international performers Billy Connolly, The Buena Vista Social Club and Natalie Cole amongst others.
Billy Connolly was quoted as saying, "Matthew is the best artist I have toured with"! He gave Matthew his Liberty Banjo at the end of their National Tour. Matthew has released nine music albums and specialises in many styles of guitar from Classical, Flamenco, Celtic, and Finger style, to Electric. He performs on a unique custom made 10 String Spanish Guitar, Celtic Steel String Guitar and a Santana model-Paul Reed Smith Electric Guitar.
Matthew's project “Voyages” became the Twilight Concert at Federation Square on Australia Day from 2004 - 2010 with Matthew as musical director, featuring over 300 performers to audiences of 20,000.
Astronomy educator, author and broadcaster, Perry Vlahos is President of the Astronomical Society of Victoria, Inc. ASV. Perry is acknowledged as one of the world’s experts in the night sky and considered a ‘go to man’ in Victoria for astronomical comments on all major T.V., radio and the dailies. Perry is a professional consultant and author of astronomy columns in publications such as Royal Auto, the Age, and Herald Sun. Perry has been interviewed on the George Negus Tonight program featured a lengthy profile on his astronomical life and accomplishments.
ABC 774 morning presenter Jon Faine has called Perry a ‘National Treasure’ and he is still considered ABC’s astronomer in residence. For the second year running Perry was the‘Astronomer in Residence’ at the Meredith ‘Golden Plains’ music festival in March. https://twitter.com/Perryastronomy
Featured Band Members include:
Alan Harris (Didgeridoo) - Alan has performed didgeridoo across USA,Canada, Pakistan, China and New Zealand. His family have taught and performed Aboriginal Culture in schools for last 16 years. Alan has performed for Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, U2, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabrielle & many others
Nicholas Young (Piano/Keyboard) - Internationally acclaimed, award-winning concert pianist and ‘Young Steinway Artist’, Nicholas Young has regularly concertised throughout Australia and Europe, appearing as soloist with the Vienna International, West Australian, Queensland, Adelaide and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras. An avid supporter of new music, he has given national & world premieres of several works. http://nicholasyoungpiano.com
Marek Podstawek (World Percussion, sound sculptor) - Marek has toured national and international Festivals in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Hungary and Yugoslavia and the United States.
The Electric Guitar Orchestra (EGO) Strings Section
The right is reserved to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists and or vary advertised program or venue
Matthew Fagan / Perry Vlahos / Nicholas Young / Marek Podstawek / Alan Harris