Bill Murray is coming to the Sydney Opera House to perform a surreal art piece with acclaimed cellist Jan Vogler.

The show, New Worlds, mixed “classical music (Ravel, Schubert, Saint-Saëns and Bach) with spoken word excerpts from American writers (Twain, Hemingway and Whitman) and classics from the American songbook, including Gershwin, Bernstein and Foster.”

Murray describes the piece as “the collision of America and Europe,” explaining “we [the four collaborators in the show] are from four different continents, and when the continents come together, the music moves right across the peninsulas from one to the other. It’s just a short journey from one continent to the other.”

Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Performance, Olivia Ansell, says of the piece: “The collaboration between Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends is timely and thought-provoking, charged with the passion of American visionaries – from Twain to Gershwin and Bernstein, and reimagined in a spirited new performance full of heart, empathy and hope. It is thrilling to present this genre-shifting performance as part of the Contemporary Performance program at Sydney Opera House.”

Tickets on on sale Monday February 19.

Wednesday, 7th November @ Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
Friday, 9th November @ Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, NSW
Saturday, 10th November @ Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, NSW
Wednesday, 14th November @ Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, NZ
Friday, 16th November @ QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, 17th November @ Plenary at MCEC,  Melbourne, VIC

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