Season launch to dazzle


Cessnock Performing Arts Centre will launch its 2019 season in spectacular style with The Maestro and the Diva on Saturday 9 February.

Brian Castles-Onion, opera conductor, pianist and famous Cessnock son; and Geraldine Turner, musical theatre star, will take the stage in this celebration of composers, from Porter to Gershwin, Sondheim to Weill, Berlin to Lloyd Webber.

Expect to laugh and be enthralled, surprised, even touched, by the talents and tales of these two celebrated Australian artists.

They will reflect and reminisce, regaling the audience with stories from both behind and in front of the lights.

Both are multi-award winners and true legends of the stage, and together they shine brightly.

The Sapphires.

Guests will be treated to a stroll down the red carpet, where the paparazzi will greet them, followed by canapés and sparkling wine.

The Maestro and the Diva kicks off what promises to be a full-throttle performing arts season, packed with epic confessions, hilariously mad entanglements, outrageous comedy, stunning music and beautiful consequences.

Patrons can expect some big names to cross the stage this year, with many of the country’s premier artists and companies touring regionally.

CPAC will welcome Australian tenor and soprano powerhouses, David Hobson and Marina Prior, together on stage for The 2 of Us – Up Close and Personal.

Jonathan Biggins will perform as Paul Keating (The Gospel According to Paul), while The Sapphires presents a funny, heartwarming tale about four young Yorta Yorta women, who sing Motown soul hits and find themselves in the hell that is the Vietnam War.

These are but a few of the fabulous performances that await.

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