posted on December 2, 2010 at 7:08 am

the church
“A Psychedelic Symphony”

Celebrating their 30th Anniversary At The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Ladies and gentleman – IMC in association with MAX are both excited and honoured to present this important and special news announcement, December 2010.

‘Johnny Marr hounded me to be in The Smiths. One night soon after, we (Johnny Marr & Mike Joyce) went to watch The Church and I decided I would’.
Mike Joyce / Johnny Marr – The Smiths, Mojo Magazine

To celebrate the milestone of their 30th Anniversary, the church, one of Australia’s and the world’s most prolific and creative bands will perform an exclusive concert with the magnificent George Ellis Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Sunday April 10th 2011. This tantalizing prospect will see Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles and Marty Willson-Piper perform a selection of their greatest songs in a unique ‘best of’ event that simply cannot be missed. Rapturous arrangements, rich tapestries, raw power and sublime beauty revealed in the aesthetic surroundings of an iconic architectural masterpiece

The recent induction into the 2010 ARIA Hall Of Fame, has allowed the band to reflect on their huge body of work as they continue to pursue their artistic aspirations both live and in the studio. Their last album
Untitled #23 on their own Unorthodox Records label was lauded by the press as the best of their career, attaining a 5 star review in Australian Rolling Stone. To mark the 30th Anniversary of the band, EMI have re released their first four albums, (with the next four to follow shortly) in luxury packaging with extra tracks, rare photos and detailed sleeve notes written by Marty Willson-Piper. A career spanning compilation is also available.

Alongside timeless classics such as ‘The Unguarded Moment’, ‘Under The Milky Way’, ‘Metropolis’ and ‘Almost With You’, the church continue to redefine what it is to be a band, evolving without compromise from hit makers into one of the world’s most acknowledged and inventive rock groups. With a combination of chemistry, talent and a desire for excellence, their unique and distinctive guitar sounds and thought-provoking lyrics have succeeded in inspiring both the audience and the critics’ imagination on a global level.

“A Psychedelic Symphony” will see George Ellis lead his orchestra into dynamic crescendos and sensuous odysseys. This ubiquitous conductor and musical director has worked a diverse range of projects highlights include the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games, the Athens Olympics, the Jakarta Arts Festival, and many concerts at the famous Spiegeltent. George has worked with a myriad of distinguished musicians including Lou Reed, Alex Lloyd and Augie March to name but a few. He has toured internationally to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and London. He has lectured at prestigious music institutions including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Canberra School of Music and has presented workshops in Music Theatre and Conducting for NIDA and the Australian Society for Music Education. He is the Musical Director of the Sydney University Symphony Orchestra.

“A Psychedelic Symphony” is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the music of the church
as they celebrate their illustrious 30-year career at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall,
Sunday April 10th 2011.

Tickets on sale December 10th 2010 from the Sydney Opera House or Ticketek

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3 Responses to “Official Press Release : “A Psychedelic Symphony” @ The Sydney Opera House”

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    MichaelfmArt | 3 December 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Something to really look forward to ..

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      M E M | 4 December 2010 at 5:56 am #

      glad to see the spotlight once again shining where it should – i thought the ARIA performance lit the band in its finest form… and what an acceptance speech! Hey, when ur abducted it’s gotta be memorable… right? IMHO 30 years finds the band honed in on that ‘elusive mystique’ with a sound matured and complex… a crescendo spiraling through an entire ‘rock n roll’ career – something those execs with big label contracts and their dead marketed demographic sound can only pine after – in their dreams. i thank the goddess the ‘the church’ never succumbed to all those temptations of mediocrity along the way… and that can’t be done any other way… than how it was done… btw scheming every way on how to get to Sydney for the “APS”!

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    Albert Rigs | 15 July 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I have to say it.
    Stop promoting Wotif if it’s expedia with a different color.
    This is Sydney right? so keep it australian:

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