Arguably the world’s most loved TV talk-show host, Michael Parkinson, brings a touch of true celebrity to the stage when he teams up with each Australian state orchestra in a tribute to music in the movies throughout February and March 2012 in 'Symphony at the Movies'.
Sharing his love of the silver screen and the stars that make itshine, Parky adds his own unique brand of wit, charm and banter to the line-up of music from film classics.
This is a rare opportunity, not only to see the king of talk-show live on stage, but also to re-visit the songs that have made us laugh, cry and swoon from moves like Casablanca, Ben-Hur, The Magnificent Seven, Mission Impossible, The Godfather and many more.
While each orchestra will hold audiences captive with the music by composers such as John Williams, Lalo Schifrin and Henry Mancini, Parky will have them entranced with memories and stories about his interviews with the stars of these classic movies.
“What a thrill it will be to travel around Australia to present concerts celebrating some of the finest music ever penned,” said Parkinson.“Movie music has the power to move us and conjure images and times in our lives like no other art form,” he added.
Also joining Parky on stage will be Australian-born vocalist Jo Lawry, most recently seen by hundreds of thousands of fans across Australia and New Zealand when she shared the stage with Sting on his recent tour.
Parkinson interviewed some 3,000 of the world’s most famous people on his talk show Parkinson which started in 1971 and ran for a total of more than 20 years on BBC TV and ITV. His silver screen guests included such luminaries as Jimmy Cagney, Orson Wells, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Stewart, Sean Connery and Woody Allen.
In June 2000, Parkinson was invested as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Prince Charles for services to broadcasting, and in 2008 was bestowed a Knighthood by the Queen. In 2000, his TV show Parkinson was ranked 8th in a British Film Institute list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programs Of All Time.
BRISBANE SAT 4 FEB, 7:30PM Symphony at the Movies with Michael Parkinson and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre
Bookings: 132 849 or www.qso.com.au
Tickets on sale: Wed 7 September
MELBOURNE SAT 11 FEB, 2PM & 8PM Symphony at the Movies with Michael Parkinson and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Plenary Hall
Bookings: 13 61 00 or www.mso.com.au
Tickets on sale: Thu 6 October
ADELAIDE FRI 17 & SAT 18 FEB, 8PM Symphony at the Movies with Michael Parkinson and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Festival Theatre, Adelaide
Bookings: BASS 131 246 or www.bass.net.au
Tickets on sale: Thu 1 September
HOBART TUE 21 FEB, 7.30PM Symphony at the Movies with Michael Parkinson and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart
Bookings: TSO Box Office on 1800 001 190 or www.tso.com.au
Tickets on sale: Mon 31 October
PERTH SAT 25 FEB, 8PM Symphony at the Movies with Michael Parkinson and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Kings Park & Botanic Garden
Bookings: 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au
Tickets on sale: Wed 7 September
SYDNEY FRI 2 MAR, 8PM & SAT 3 MAR, 2PM Symphony at the Movies with Michael Parkinson and the Sydney Symphony
Venue: Sydney Opera House concert hall
Tickets on sale: Mon 19 September