The Whitlams are turning the big 2-5 and to celebrate, they’re joining forces with the best orchestras in the country for a massive new tour.
The iconic Aussie outfit will perform six concert hall dates across the country in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide, with each city’s top symphonic squadron to toast their Silver Jubilee, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and more.
Taking place in April and May of 2017, the tour will see songs from across Tim Freedman & co’s classic songbook enhanced by a 50-piece orchestra, performing beautifully crafted and textured re-workings of the band’s biggest hits, including ya faves like No Aphrodisiac and Blow Up The Pokies.
It’s not The Whitlams’ first symphonic rodeo, either. The orchestral arrangements were commissioned over a decade, dating from the band’s first symphonic collaboration with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra back in 2004, which kicked off countless other successful collabs with our state symphony orchestras over the years (believe it or not, this tour will actually mark the 11th Sydney Opera House Concert Hall show for Sydney Symphony and The Whitlams).
“It is an honour to play with these musicians who in some cases have been playing their instruments since they were in the womb,” says Freedman.
“I particularly look forward to hearing Peter Sculthorpe¹s beautiful string interlude to my song Out the Back for the fist time since he passed away two years ago. It never fails to send audiences into raptures.”
Tickets to The Whitlams’ 25th Anniversary Tour go on sale from Friday, 28th October. Catch all the details below.
Watch: The Whitlams – ‘Blow Up The Pokies’ Live w/ Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2011
The Whitlams – 25th Anniversary Tour Dates
Tickets on sale from Friday, 28th October.
Friday, 28th April 2017
Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre w/ Philharmonic Australia
Saturday, 29th April 2017
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne w/ Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: Arts Centre Melbourne
Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House w/ Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: Sydney Opera House
Wednesday, 3rd May 2017
Perth Concert Hall, Perth w/ West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: Perth Concert Hall
Friday, 5th May 2017
Canberra Theatre, Canberra w/ The National Pops Orchestra
Tickets: Canberra Theatre Centre
Saturday, 6th May 2017
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre w/ Adelaide Pops Orchestra
Tickets: Adelaide Festival Centre