Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sydney Opera House 40 Year Celebrations

Interestingly; I was reading about the 40 year anniversary of the Sydney Opera House on the ABC News website today, only to learn that the first concert ever held there was actually by a political artist. The unofficial concert, held on 9 November 1960, saw Paul Robeson sing songs by Joe Hill for the construction workers in their lunch break. Arranged by the building union, the audience presented him with a hard hat with his name on it after his performance. Below is the YouTube footage of the concert:

Further Reading
ABC News, Timeline: 40 years of the Sydney Opera House (20 October 2013) < at 20 October 2013

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