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An orchestra will play beneath the long shadow of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia for the first time later this year.
The Darwin Symphony Orchestra will perform what promoters are calling “the world’s first Outback symphony.”
They will provide a version of the Viva Verdi opera on October 18, to mark the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth.
On the following evening there will be a second performance, called “Sounds of Australia”, featuring Australian artists such as the jazz musician James Morrison and William Barton, a didgeridoo player.
Fleur Burrows of Tourism Northern Territory Australia said: “No orchestra has played in this iconic location ever before and this concert series will put the spotlight on Central Australia, encouraging travellers to come and experience the natural wonders this region has to offer.”
Uluru is one of Australia's most recognised landmarks, and lies slightly more than 200 miles south-west of Alice Springs. It is sacred to the local Aboriginal people.
There are a maximum of 1200 tickets available for each concert.
The Northern Territory minister Matt Conland for tourism said: “This event is a world first and will capture the hearts and minds of those that come along and help to create a vibrant atmosphere during the shows.’’
Ticket prices start from a basic AU$95 option, up to the ‘Ultimate Experience’ package, priced at AUS$495 per person, which includes dinner, concert ticket, drinks and the opportunity to meet the orchestra after the show.
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