It’s a match made in heaven – symphony, Hope Estate and rock music.
But Rock Symphony in the Vines isn’t just any symphony or any rock music. It’s the stellar sound of David Bowie’s songs combined with the Australian Symphony Orchestra.
And the wow factor doesn’t stop there. Following the successful Ziggy – Songs of David Bowie, Jeff Duff, Steve Balbi and Brydon Stace reunite to launch the inaugural show on October 15.
There wouldn’t be more fitting musician to launch the concert series with than the late David Bowie.
The man penned some of the best hits from the past 50 years including Changes, Let’s Dance, Space Oddity, Life on Mars, Heroes, Starman and Golden Years.
Jeff Duff is no stranger to these hits or to Bowie’s flamboyancy.
“My life is sort of dedicated to Bowie,” he said.
“He’s been very influential on my career.
“We’ve sort of lived parallel lives.”
It does sort of build up to this raging climax and we do end up rocking out at the end. Even the violins and cellos will be rocking out.Jeff Duff
And for a period of time, the pair literally did live parallel lives. Duff lived next door to the superstar for 10 years in Sydney.
But even with 20 years experience performing Bowie, Duff has never done so with a full orchestra.
“It’s going to be challenging,” he said. “This eclectic rock band with acoustic strings.”
“[But] Bowie used a lot of orchestral arrangements, it suits David Bowie more than most artists.”
“It will be really exciting.”
To cater for Bowie’s diverse music and characters, the performers will cover different parts of Bowie.
“We all have a similar voice from some stage of Bowie’s career,” Duff said.
The show will feature all of the Bowie greats and there’s sure to be something for everyone.
“I think Bowie’s music crosses so many generations and styles,” Duff said.
“It does sort of build up to this raging climax and we do end up rocking out at the end.
“Even the violins and cellos will be rocking out.”
And even if attendees don’t like the music, the visuals will sure to keep them entertained.
“They can look forward to some really bad makeup and lots of strange costumes,” Duff said.