Stars Align for City's 2017 Valentine's Concert
Kate Ceberano and Michael Falzon demonstrated just why they are Australian music royalty after leaving more than 8,000 music fans chanting for more at the City's 2017 Valentines Concert, which was held last night under cloudless skies at Joondalup Resort.
Accompanied by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the duo delivered the greatest songs of the 007 James Bond film series to great acclaim from the capacity crowd.
The annual Valentine's Concert is a free event for City of Joondalup residents and ratepayers, but it wasn't just the audience that enjoyed the show with Ceberano, arguably Australia's favourite songstress, describing the experience as "perfect."
Not a bad wrap from the first Australian woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame, having released 24 albums over 30 years, 13 of which have achieved platinum or gold sales.
"It couldn't have been better," she said.
"That amount of people, 8,000 people on a lawn you could sleep on... on a warm still night - are you kidding? It couldn't have been more perfect."
Ceberano said she had particularly enjoyed working alongside her mate Falzon to recreate some of the classic Bond music.
"Michael and I are mates as well as colleagues. I first saw Michael when he was in Rock of Ages - the role that Tom Cruise played - and I thought at the time... that man is charismatic," she said.
The audience sang along to classics such as Diamonds are Forever, You Only Live Twice and Goldfinger, as well as modern favourites such as Skyfall - an Adele song that Ceberano said she was honoured to deliver.
Falzon, who starred in The Music of Queen: A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular for the 2014 Valentine's Concert, said he loved every minute of his return to Joondalup.
"It was quite amazing, from the very moment we walked out on stage. It was nice to be back here after three years and it was different to last time. The orchestra was bigger this time and the music so sweeping that you become immersed in it on stage. Hopefully the audience felt that too.
"Being a singer I've always, always liked the music (Bond). To sing this music with an orchestra was such a treat. It was a pleasure to get up in front of so many people, sing this music and have that rolling wave of appreciation you get with an outdoor concert.
"We (Kate and I) are actually going to do all of our gigs here from now on."
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the combination of Ceberano, Falzon and WASO - under the guidance of conductor Guy Noble - delivered a powerful combination on stage that would long be remembered by those community members lucky enough to have witnessed it.
"Kate, Michael and WASO demonstrated they are at the peak of their musical powers and after witnessing an event of that calibre, it's not hard to see why the Valentine's Concert remains one of the City's most popular events," he said.
"Provided by the City each year free of charge to our community, it's little wonder tickets to this year's concert were allocated in record time. Ratepayers and residents must have known that they were in for a performance to remember. This year's event truly lived up to those lofty expectations - and then some."
The City acknowledges the support of Valentine's Concert sponsors, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Health Campus, the Community Newspaper Group, and Cleanaway.