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To mix things up this year and provide a streamlined way to present a growing number of ensembles, the Co-Directors came up with A Night at the PAC. This ingenious concept was designed as a rolling concert showcasing twelve of the music ensembles in the Junior and Senior High School. The incorporation of Soundscape in this event through collaboration with our fantastic Art Department and the support of the Events Department and Café 45, created an evening which was a feast for the eyes, ears and taste buds.

The night began with audience and performers arriving to a red-carpet welcome, tailored with roving lights, professional photographers and a foyer decked out with amazing art works from the talented students in the Art Department. In Act One, Intermediate Choirs, String Ensembles and Bands performed in the PAC Dron Auditorium as Art students created live paintings inspired by the repertoire they were hearing. Performances were also enhanced with lighting and the projection of art work created in advance by students in art classes. 

After Act One, students continued painting A Night at the PAC inspired work in the Amphitheatre. Patrons had the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful dinner supplied by Café 45 and sample treats from the servery whilst they were entertained by performances from our Percussion Ensembles, Jazz Combo and Stage Bands. This truly was a scene to delight all the senses and fuel the audience for the next instalment.

Act Two featured the three Senior ensembles of the Music Department — St Peters Soloists, Chorale and Symphonic Winds. Each ensemble performed stunningly and provided the creative impetus for our talented artists to paint more striking live artworks. The fitting conclusion to evening was the St Peters Symphony Orchestra’s debut performance of Beethoven’s iconic 5th Symphony under the baton of Maestro David Deacon. 

In an extension of previous Soundscape events, the audience had the opportunity throughout the evening to bid in an online auction for the artworks created during the performances. The outcome of the auction was announced at the end of the Act Two concert with the funds raised being contributed to this year’s Chorale International Tour.

The evening truly was a spectacle for the senses and, by all accounts, a great success.