WollCon presents its final 50th Birthday concert at Wollongong Town Hall on Saturday 3rd December. ‘Inspired by Wollongong: Steel & Sentiment in Sound’.
The concert will feature WollCon’s BlueScope Youth Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra, the Hummingbirds and the Con Artists playing with our 2022 Band in residence, The Hot Potato Band. Along with two world premieres by composers and WollCon alumni Matthew Hindson and Novak Manojlovic, the concert will celebrate all that is Wollongong.
Children under 13 are FREE: Use Promocode INSPIRE13 when purchasing tickets
Professor Matthew Hindson has created a piece for WollCon’s BlueScope Youth Orchestra to celebrate the group’s long-standing partnership with the steel-making company. It’s only fitting that Matthew composes the music since he worked as a computer programmer at the steel works before becoming a composer.
Hear his interview with ABC Radio on Monday 28th November (from 1:17:48) – discussing his composition ‘Big Steel’.
The other major collaborative work will be a composition from celebrated jazz composer and musician Novak Manojlovic. Born in Wollongong, Novak is a composer, pianist and improviser, who has become one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians. He began at WollCon with classical music studies and the Jazz program and eventually went on to win the 2019 Freedman Jazz Fellowship. He returns to WollCon with a composition to be performed by the Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, the BlueScope Youth Orchestra and the Humming Birds.
The concert will also feature vibrant street music with WollCon’s Con Artists and other community ensembles, in collaboration with our band in residence that’s been workshopping with WollCon all year, the Hot Potato Band.
The concert will end with an after-show Birthday Party and DJ in the Music Lounge, where the public is welcome to stay and be part of the Wollongong music community.
Adult: $30 | Pensioner: $25 | Student: $15
Children under 13 are FREE: Use Promocode INSPIRE13 when purchasing tickets.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an indoor event – face masks are encouraged but not compulsory