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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
14 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Romance on footy field SHIREEN KHALIL See video of the construction and more pictures online. www.innerwestweekly.com.au The stage as it was set for Andre Rieu at ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP223343 You probably won't see something like this for a long time' ' -- ANZ Stadium operations manager Greg Sleigh THE world's largest transport- able stage arrived in Sydney Olympic Park last week and Andre Rieu was the man behind it.The Dutch violinist and con- ductor transformed his dream of a romantic castle into a reality. His concert series, A Roman- tic Vienna Night, kicked off last Thursday with more than 22,000 spectators. ANZ Stadium operations manager Greg Sleigh described his work and the stage as the most amazing thing. ''It's just the most spectacular stage that we have ever seen in Sydney and it's certainly the most spectacular thing we have built in the stadium,'' Mr Sleigh said. ''You just look at his work and the stage and go wow, and you probably won't see something like this for a long time.'' The stage, which included two ice-skating rinks, several water fountains, a grand ballroom, palace facade and orchestra pit, took almost a week to build. ''They had over 250 people from Europe and 100 Aust- ralians assisting in the set-up, which took six days to com- plete,'' Mr Sleigh said. ''All of the steel that goes into the stage needed to be trans- ported from the Melbourne show, which took a few days before the set-up to unload and organise.'' The set-up, which consisted of 14-hour shifts, began on Friday, November 21, and was fully completed on the night of Wednesday, November 26. The stage replicated the Rieu experience in Vienna. ''He was doing a performance at the Castle of Schoenbrunn and he and his wife decided it was the most romantic setting and wanted to take it to the rest of the world,'' Mr Sleigh said. The atmosphere at one of Rieu's concerts, complete with lavish costumes, was more like that of a pop concert. It is impossible to deny him his worldwide success, for the Dutch violinist and orchestra conductor has become not only an ambassador of light classical music, but an internationally renowned star. Today he is known as the ''modern king of waltz'', and one might equally dub him the ''king of romance''. The spectacle has moved on to Brisbane. www.thebestfurniture.com.au RE-COVER YOUR FAVOURITE Lounge Suites, Recliners, Sofas & Dining Chairs MOBILE SERVICE 1800 660 632 A Name You Can Trust! WE COME TO YOU WITH FABRIC & LEATHER SAMPLES 2065056i iww wk33 AUBURN 241ParramattaRoad Ph:0287758000 www.hnofis.com.au Product offers end 10/12/08 138408_AUB PHOTO GIFTS GALORE MANY MORE GIFT IDEAS IN STORE OR ONLINE AT www.hnofis.com.au 12" X 12" PHOTO CALENDAR •Fitsupto100of your own photos • Choose from a range of different background themes $24 CALENDAR $38ea PHOTOBOOK $89 CANVAS 12" X 12" PHOTO BOOK • Hard cover • Choose from a range of colours • 12 Pages (406x508mm) • Ready to hang 20076 GIVE FAMILY & FRIENDS A PERSONAL GIFT WITH THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTO ON CANVAS! MON-FRI 8:30AM - 6PM THURSDAY 8:30AM - 9PM SAT-SUN 9AM-5PM CONVENIENT TRADING HOURS FOR ALL YOUR OFFICE SUPPLIES
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