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Skycity Starlight Symphony Meets Starlight Express

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Skycity Starlight Symphony Meets Starlight Express

SKYCITY Starlight Symphony organisers are thrilled to announce the final and complete line-up for its upcoming 21 February 2009 show featuring headline performer Brooke Fraser, supported by a raft of superb New Zealand musical talent.

SKYCITY Starlight Symphony meets Starlight Express giving Aucklanders a preview of the much-anticipated Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical opening in Auckland from July this year. Starlight Express lead actress Rebecca Wright (Pearl) - will be joined by special guest Will Martin for an exclusive performance of the romantic duet, Only He.

Starlight Express isn't the only sneak preview the crowd will enjoy. The spectacular Australian production of My Fair Lady comes to The Civic Theatre Auckland in March 2009. Taryn Fiebig, who has been critically acclaimed around Australia for her performance of Eliza Doolittle, will make a special guest appearance at SKYCITY Starlight Symphony.

Vocal phenomenon and singer-songwriter Phil Madsen is currently in the spotlight with his recently launched single, Dancing on the Moon. He will perform an extraordinary rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody, sung solo - not an easy task - in fact Queen themselves shone away from performing the full song live.

Rising opera star, Aivale Cole, returns home to New Zealand from Australia where she's been performing to huge acclaim, taking the title roles in West Australian Opera's productions of Verdi's Aida and Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, brought to you by Auckland City Council and conducted by Marc Taddei, will perform a number of celebrated classics, including an excerpt from Finlandia by Sibelius.

The ever popular SKYCITY Massed Choir with conductor John Rosser, once again unites choristers from all over the North Island including Tokoroa, Wanganui, Kerikeri and Rotorua, as well as many choral communities from the Auckland region.

Four exceptional violinists - Esther Kim, Ryan Chen, Olivia Francis and Dianna Cochrane, each perform a highlight from Vivaldi's Four Seasons. 17 year old Esther Kim won the National MusicWorks Competition in 2008, while in the same year, Ryan Chen won the Auckland Chamber Music Society Competition. Cambridge's Olivia Francis, also just 17 years old, was the 2007 winner of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra secondary schools concerto competition. Finally, Dianna Cochrane, who leads the second violin section in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, recently returned to New Zealand after performing extensively in Europe.

New Zealand's very own trombone quartet, BonaNZa, whose players represent the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the Wellington Sinfonia, promise to entertain, with their unique tribute to the Wild West.

The night will also feature crowd favourites like the Mercury Energy laser light show and a stunning SKYCITY fireworks finale.

Dancing With The Stars' Candy Lane and Jonny Williams (Miriama Smith's partner in the last series), take to the floor to lead the annual crowd waltz.

Well known Television New Zealand presenters Mark Sainsbury and Wendy Petrie will once again host the event.

They will be joined by sporting legends Michael Jones and Sarah Ulmer, who appear in support of SKYCITY's nominated charity. All funds raised at the 2009 SKYCITY Starlight Symphony will go to Make-A-Wish New Zealand, which grants the cherished wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

This year's big act is New Zealand's own singer/songwriter Brooke Fraser who is returning home to play exclusively at the SKYCITY Starlight Symphony. Fraser has been touring the world with songs from her number one albums What To Do With Daylight and Albertine.

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