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Rock Symphony In The Vines

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by Kristy Horn (subscribe)
A freelance writer who lives at beautiful Lake Macquarie - owned by two adorable, very cheeky, spoooilt Labradors.
'Orchestrated to Perfection'
A perfect 'harmony' for Bowie fans at Hope Estate

"Let's dance....under the moonlight, the serious moonlight" - in the words of the late, great David Bowie - that is exactly what we did among thousands of 'spirited' others at the exquisitely esteemed Hope Estate.

With one's cork immediately popped upon arrival and a bubbling overflow of fizzing, feel good emotions, 'composing' one's excitement was always going to be a tall order, and for good reason.

The ultimate concoction: Musical Director Jak Housden, the Ziggy Band (Brydon Stace, Steve Balbi, Jeff Duff) blended impeccably with the Australian Symphony Orchestra (led by Conductor George Ellis) - lavished its wanting audience with an absolute brimful of Bowie brilliance - honouring the 'all time Great' by emulating his capacity superbly.

The ultimate concoction

You couldn't help but 'gulp down' the evident expertise, the theatrics, costume changes, lighting and effects, the hilarity (Steve Balbi wasn't shy about getting up close and personal with some lucky audience members...Jeff Duff hinted to some 'giant group love' - to put it politely - not wanting the night to be over...a marriage proposal was even thrown in for good measure) - an illustrious, modern day Woodstock of sorts (yet with a completely different, much more dignified interpretation to: 'a day on the green').

The play list was never going to disappoint - China Girl, Let's Dance, Ashes to Ashes, Heroes, Rebel Rebel, Space Oddity, Young Americans, Golden Years, The Jean Genie, Under Pressure, Sorrow,..... they were all there, each 'piece of genius' presented with quirk, antics and a great deal of gusto - all served up on that atmospheric 'all needs met' Hope Estate platter.

Honouring the Thin White Duke

Jeff Duff (who, in a touching tribute, told of being David Bowie's next door neighbour for a number of years during the late 80's/early 90's in Elizabeth Bay) was spot on when he suggested on the night "tonight planet Earth collides with planet Bowie". I'd be inclined to think that the Thin White Duke would have been impressed, too, by the respectfully delivered magnificence - which was given, so sublimely, in his honour.

Hope-fully the first Rock Symphony In The Vines of a great many!
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Why? A 'barrel' of first-class fun
Phone: 1800 777 444
Where: 2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2325
Cost: $89 general admission - $699 VIP dinner and platinum ticket
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