2017-01 Cancer Survivorship Benefit concert

Symphony Orchestra Supporting Cancer Survivors’


The Strathfield Symphony Orchestra with soloists along with the Excelsior and Sakura choirs, will be performing excerpts from popular operas and operattas, including Carmen, Barber of Seville, Aida, Lohengrin and La Traviata.

This special event will raise funds for the Sydney Survivorship Centre located at Concord Hospital. This  important organisation helps cancer survivors and their families manage treatment and side effects, and provides ongoing support.

The concert will be performed at Petersham Town Hall on Friday 15 September.

The orchestra was established over 40 years ago. Sadaharu (Sada) Muramatsu, Music Director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, said “I really enjoy conducting this community orchestra of around 60 highly gifted musicians.  I lecture in conducting at Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), and am Choirmaster of the Sydney Sakura Choir.  This music is rarely presented in the concert hall with a full orchestra.  It will be an evening of wonderful choral and orchestral music.”

Janette Vardy, Professor of Cancer Medicine at Concord Hospital and Director of the Sydney Survivorship Centre, has been a long-term member of the orchestra. “Following our highly successful inaugural concert last year I am highly excited about this years concert. Sada is a magnificent conductor and is very gifted in bringing out the best in the orchestra combined with the beautiful voices of the choirs.”

Professor Vardy continued, “ One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime”.

Sada Muramatsu said, “We support the good work being done at the Survivorship Centre and the concert is our way of showing our support for this life changing work. Now we need you the community to come and enjoy the night.”

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