A young Mount Ousley performer will show the Illawarra he’s not just an opera singer after being commissioned to write an orchestral piece about Australia’s legend of the Drop Bear.
The work by Jeremy Boulton, 20, will be performed by the Illawarra On Pointe (IOP) orchestra for their Fantastic Orchestral Beasts concert on January 19 at the Berry School of Arts.
“It's important that as an art industry company we continue to foster talent and provide opportunities for emerging artists,”
“It was a quirky addition to the program that we’re doing, but really it’s about giving an opportunity to a local emerging composer the chance to compose for a symphony orchestra and have it performed while he’s alive,” IOP artistic director Ryley Gillen said, noting many great composers have been dead for hundreds of years.
“Jeremy's short symphonic piece encompasses everything that is at the heart of the people of the Illawarra – it's moody, quirky and knows how to poke fun at itself.”
Boulton has previously composed an original score for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, for the Phoenix Theatre Company, as well as devising works for Southern Stars.
The Fantastic Orchestral Beasts show will also feature a choir. Works performed will be a mix from pop culture and classical repertoire – all having a connection with mythological beasts such as music from the Harry Potter and Jurassic Park films.
Founded in 2014 IOP is an orchestral and theatrical production company that provides a platform for aspiring musicians, ballet dancers, actors and those who work in all other facets of theatre.
Fantastic Orchestral Beasts – January 19, 7pm at the Berry School of Arts; January 20, 1pm at the Bowral Memorial Hall.
Tickets are $30 for Adults, $25 for Concession and free for children under 10 www.illawarraonpointe.com.au