ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, last night joined Canberrans and visitors to the region at the National Arboretum Canberra for the 2012 Voices in the Forest concert.
Seated in the Arboretum's natural amphitheatre the audience was treated to an entertaining mix of orchestral arias, operettas and Broadway hits by renowned Australian and international artists.
"It was a perfect night to enjoy the Arboretum's beautiful landscape and views of Canberra, while watching stunning performances by South Korean coloratura soprano Sumi Jo - who sang a beautiful rendition of Andrew Llyod Webber's Memories from the musical Cats in memory of the 2003 bushfire; Australia's leading tenor Stuart Skelton; and Australian soprano Amelia Farrugia," the Chief Minister said.
"Local acts also entertained the audience, including the Royal Military College Band, the Oriana Chorale, the Voices in the Forest Orchestra – a 40 piece orchestra assembled specially for the inaugural concert last year – and choirs and soloists from schools and colleges across the ACT.
"Over 3,000 people attended the concert last year, and another large crowd of 4400 Canberrans and visitors turned out to support what was another wonderful event again this year," the Chief Minister concluded.
This year's concert was made possible through the ongoing support of major sponsor, the Village Building Company, who committed $90,000 to the concert and contributed $1 million to the construction of the Visitors' Centre.
The company will provide a further $50,000 a year for another eight years to support the annual staging of major events such as Voices in the Forest.
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