Showcasing jazz classics and selections from celebrated film scores, this concert presents music that started life on the silver screen. The stunning vocals of Green Room Award winning & Helpmann Award nominee musical theatre star, Alinta Chidzey (West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain, Jesus Christ Superstar) are accompanied by an ensemble comprised of Melbourne’s most accomplished musicians, including members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and rounded off with Australia’s top Jazz musicians. Melding the worlds of jazz and the classical concert hall, this project seeks to reinvent much-loved classics and under-appreciated filmscore masterpieces alike. From the Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre to their recent performance at Hamer Hall in the Arts Centre Melbourne's Morning Melodies series, Jazz and the Silver Screen features toe-tapping tunes from ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ to ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ to Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now'. This exciting catalogue of music is not to be missed!
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
It's more suited for an audience aged 18+ but can be for families too. Simple bump in. No set, but good sound is necessary. This show has also been presented in Morning Melodies type event as a 1 hour show.
Jazz and the Silver Screen was created by innovative violinist Roger Young (MSO), Alinta Chidzey (Hugh Jackman Tour) and Remco Keijzer (You am I) .
Hook Turn Orchestra began with the exciting idea of melding Classical, Jazz and Musical Theatre under one roof delving into the vast wealth of music that started life on the big screen. The project It will feature works that are regarded as jazz ‘standards’ today, alongside interesting and eclectic selections from film scores interpreted through the vernacular of jazz.
Our lead vocalist Alinta Chidzey (Green Room Award Winner and Helpmann Nominee) is well known for her lead roles in stage musicals. She has toured Australia and internationally in recent productions of West Side Story, Singing In The Rain and most recently starred as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar.
After playing to sold out shows at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, multiple times at The Melbourne Recital Centre, this concert is ready to tour abroad to new audiences and bring beautifully arranged music to ears that may not have been exposed to this unique line up where classical meets jazz to songs audiences are secretly familiar with.
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Unique Selling Point
Audiences are drawn to listening to these iconic soundtracks in a unique setting where a classical string quartet meets a swinging jazz band and vocalist. The arrangements are reinvented for this particular setting to highlight exciting improvisations of the more unique instruments; violin, cello and bass clarinet with a twist of jazz. From old movie musical classics to more contemporary films the music takes audiences on a journey that makes them experience the film all over again.
After sell out performances at Hamer Hall and Melbourne Recital Centre, there is a popular market and demand for this type of show.
We have high quality videos that we can use for internet, web pages and promotion.
Professional photographs that we can use for web press/papers/posters/brochures.
We have the ability to promote and perform on live radio (previously performed for ABC with Lindy Burns).
Please look at our Video footage and Gallery in 'Resources'
In our show we love to engage the audience to participate musically. Scientifically there are significant health benefits of singing and engaging musically with percussive clapping as a group/community.
"While the feel-good effects of singing have long been recognised, there is growing evidence that it can have a positive impact on a range of physical and psychological conditions, leading to campaigns for singing on prescription. In previous studies experts claimed that joining a choir could improve symptoms of Parkinson’s, depression and lung disease. Swedish research has suggested that it not only increases oxygen levels in the blood but triggers the release of “happy” hormones such as oxytocin, which is thought to help lower stress levels and blood pressure.
Everyone has an instrument to sing and by introducing a safe environment for the audience to connect to their own voice in a group it achieves the exciting element where they feel alive and take something away with them. Whether it inspires them to join a choir or singing group, plus the social benefits.
Alinta Chidzey our lead vocalist, would be willing to hold an external singing workshop (catered for all ages) for an additional fee .