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15 May 2019

Classical and rock music collide at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood - The music of 1969

And Love Will Steer the Stars
Sunday 25 May, 7pm
The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

In a special celebratory event, the worlds of rock and classical music collide as the inspiring Willoughby Symphony Orchestra joins forces with rock legends 1969 Band to take you on a journey through music’s golden year 1969, at Vivid Sydney at Chatswood

The first man on the moon, Woodstock, President Nixon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, John and Yoko’s Bed In, the Cold War…1969 was a year when the world was entering a new era, all to the soundtrack of some of the most seminal and radical rock and pop music.

Experience classics like Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline and David Bowie’s Space Oddity played by a full scale orchestra in the state-of-the-art venue, The Concourse.

Let your hair down and immerse yourself in an atmosphere of peace and harmony as you rock to a selection of favourites from The Beatles, Touch Me by The Doors and Pinball Wizard by the Who. The evening wouldn’t be complete without the positive vibes of Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In from Hair, perfectly capturing the optimism of the era.

Conducted by internationally renowned conductor George Ellis, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra is widely celebrated for their electrifying performances and innovative musical styles.

1969 Band have delighted audiences at concerts and festivals across Australia with their fusion of soul, rock and folk sounds encapsulating the sounds of the time. 

Part of this year’s Vivid Music program, And Love Will Steer the Stars is a one-off revival not to be missed.

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Vivid Sydney at Chatswood is run by Willoughby City Council and is supported by Chatswood Chase Sydney, Chatswood Interchange and Westfield Chatswood. The precinct is accessible, easily reached via public transport and there is local parking available. Visitors can also enjoy the superb gourmet dining and great shopping the precinct has to offer year round. The festival runs from 24 May to 15 June and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Find out more at

Vivid Sydney: Vivid Sydney is the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere. Celebrating its eleventh anniversary in 2019, Vivid Sydney is continually setting the benchmark for world class events, creativity and innovation. It will transform the Harbour City into a colourful creative canvas from the 24 May to 15 June, 2019. The Festival features spectacular largescale light installations and projections; contemporary and cutting-edge music performances and collaborations; public talks by renowned thought leaders, industry seminars, conferences and creativity workshops, all celebrating Sydney’s place as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees. For more information visit

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