Sydney Symphony Orchestra Launches Into 2020 With 1950’s Latin Lounge

Ali McGregor

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2020 Season Opening Gala will bring the Sydney Town Hall alive with the flair and passion of Latin music and dance in The 1950s Latin Lounge.

Australian conductor Guy Noble will lead Australia’s premier orchestra as they perform rhumba, mambo, and chachachá – music genres that defined the heady days of the 1950s. Australian soprano Ali McGregor and burlesque diva Imogen Kelly will feature alongside the full Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Marquez’s Danzón No. 2, and the iconic Mambo from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, among others.

Ali McGregor combines her love for orchestral work and the immediacy of cabaret performance in this dream performance. She will be singing music made famous by the legendary Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac who had an astonishing a four-and-a-half octave voice who, in the 1950s, even outsold Bing Crosby and astounded the world with her exotic and unique sound. These songs were the talk of New York in the 1950s.

She says “I will even be wearing priceless jewels once owned and worn in performance by Ms Sumac herself. I am especially excited to be first cab off the rank in Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s season at the Town Hall, a venue lauded for its acoustics and celebrated for its remarkable place in Australia’s modern history.”

The 1950’s Latin Lounge performances marks the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s first 2020 Season performances at the Sydney Town Hall, one of the world’s best acoustic venues. In December 2019, the Orchestra vacated its iconic home in the Concert Hall for the Sydney Opera House to allow for a two-year renovation of the venue. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will return to the Concert Hall in 2022, coinciding  with incoming Chief Conductor Simone Young’s debut year with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. During 2021, Simone Young will be Chief Conductor Designate of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets from: $25.00, concessions available

Bookings: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Box Office on (02) 8215 4600 or choose your own seat at

Program includes: GERSHWIN Cuban Overture/ MARQUEZ Danzón No.2/ BERNSTEIN West Side Story – Mambo

Guy Noble conductor/Imogen Kelly dancer/Ali McGregor soprano

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