Musical start to new year

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The renowned Morning Melodies series is back at the Joan Sutherland Centre for 2014 and starting the year on a musical high.

Audiences will be taken on a journey across musical history with ‘Stomping Ivories: The Duelin’ Pianos Show’, which will feature two world class pianists and a spirited drummer playing songs from eight decades of popular music.

The concert will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, January 22 at 11am, and the ticket price includes a delicious morning tea at 10am prior to the show.

Leading the trio of performers is the charismatic Hughie Murray, who is joined by fellow pianist Michael McGlynn and drummer Pete Clark.

These talented musicians have the perfect mix of technical precision and stage presence, making for an entertaining show that includes catchy tunes and a good dose of wit and humour.

With an eclectic repertoire that spans across genres and decades, ‘The Duelin’ Pianos Show’ features a diverse range of songs, from Cab Calloway to Peter Allen and Gershwin to Lady Gaga.

While the music is fantastic, the show’s atmosphere and use of audience participation is also an important part of the act.

Both Murray and McGlynn are comfortable playing everything – from the honky tonk of Elton John to uptempo AC/DC piano covers or swinging, classy Frank Sinatra pieces, these two masters of music can handle anything and even indulge in an on-stage duel attempting to outplay each other.

Accompanied by Clark’s expert drumming, these talented international musicians have toured Australia and have performed with artists such as Keith Urban, INXS, Slim Dusty, Guy Sebastian, Lou Rawls and more.

They have played to great reception in venues across Australia, including the Parliament House grand ballroom, and appeared on Landline on ABC TV and Mornings on Channel Nine.

‘Stomping Ivories: The Duelin’ Pianos Show’ will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, January 22 at 11am. Tickets are $20. For bookings or more information, call 4723 7600 or visit

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