The Big Phatt Jazz Band is one of the ORC’s flagship ensembles. Consisting of student, amateur and professional musicians under the energetic leadership of Rod Mason OAM, the band have an exciting repertoire of new, fun and challenging big band music.
Benjamin’s Big Band is a community band and is the flagship group within the Garigal Community Performing Arts Society. Established more than 20 years ago by leading musician Mr Craig Benjamin, they continue to be booked regularly for public and private events in Sydney and nationally, including the Ku-Ring-Gai Twilight Jazz concerts, Eurofest, and the Manly and Merimbula Jazz Festivals.
Throw off the shackles of everyday existence, grab yourself a glass of Sekt and settle in as Brad Cooper takes you on a riotous journey back to the heady world of interwar Kabarett.
From the wartime spirit of Novello, the hilarity of the Comedian Harmonists via the tumult of Kurt Weill & Hans Eisler’s Berlin, the Golden Age of Lehár & Stolz’s Vienna, the passion of Piaf & Brel’s Paris, to the witty irreverence of today, KABARETT is a celebration of wild electric decadence and dangerously dark humour.
Brad studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, National Opera Studio, London and with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West, California.
In 2019 we are pleased to announce an expansion to our annual Chamber Music Series. The talented and professional musicians of the ORC will present four programs throughout the year, with each concert featuring a different chamber ensemble performing music both old and new.
For the first time, these programs will also be presented in our local schools, our teachers will inspire young minds by performing and speaking about the music and instruments they love.
Information on programs, ticketing and school visits will be made available soon.