David Campbell will figuratively smash a champagne bottle against the bow of the stunning new Coliseum Theatre at West HQ when he performs his Christmas At The Coliseum show this week. He will be the first paid artist to grace the stage of the just completed state-of-the-art venue in Sydney’s Greater West, and he couldn’t be more thrilled.
“It’s very rare for any artist anywhere to be the first person in a new venue,” says Campbell. “The standard and the quality of that place is like nothing I’ve seen in this country for a long long time.”
Campbell visited the construction site two months ago and was deeply impressed with the attention to detail and level of technical design, including a world-class 60 speaker immersive sound system.
“As far as the teething problems, we won’t know until I actually get there,” he laughs, but isn’t expecting any issues – all the testing has been done. Now it’s just a matter of discovering its secret gems. “It’s like a big present that I get to open.”
On stage with Campbell will be the full Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with an orchestra before but never for an entire concert, so it’s another first and another thrilling aspect of the evening. The program features songs from Campbell’s album, Baby It’s Christmas, including the title track, Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree and When My Heart Finds Christmas, plus popular tunes and standards.
One highlight will be when Mahalia Barnes and a backing choir join Campbell for a stirring gospel-style rendition of Silent Night.
The show will be classic variety. There’ll be screens displaying Christmas images and some production effects, but Campbell doesn’t want to “over-egg the egg nog” so to speak.
“The star of the show for me is going to be the symphony and the theatre itself, I really wanna focus on that. We’re all having this new experience in this brand new, beautifully built world-class theatre together.”
Dec 12-13. Coliseum Theatre, West HQ, 55 Sherbrooke St, Rooty Hill. $79-$129+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sydneycoliseum.com.au
By Rita Bratovich