South Australia’s own Bonnie Lee Galea and her JAZZ in CHEEK Quartet bring the stage alive with a plethora of songs from Nina Simone's catalogue.
Gospel, Folk, Jazz, Classical, Blues, R&B, Contemporary and Soul are all showcased alongside stories of this fearless woman as our performers pay homage to the exceptional “Goddess of the Piano” and “High Priestess of Soul”.
Born in 1933 in North Carolina, Nina was playing piano by 4 years of age. By the early 1950s she was singing in New York City jazz clubs where she began developing her own unique style and leaving an indelible mark on the world. Her passion was classical music, but her livelihood was covering popular songs in her own incomparable interpretations.
Not afraid to use her music and lyrics to challenge and change the hearts and minds of her time, Nina’s mesmerising hits include ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’, ‘I Put a Spell on You’, ‘Lilac Wine’, gospel and folk tunes ‘Sinnerman’ and ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free’, alongside her own compositions ‘Four Women’ and ‘Do I Move You’, which were underpinned by the struggles, political influences and agendas of the time.
Performed by SA’s JAZZ in CHEEK Quartet, featuring Bonnie Lee Galea (voice), Richard Coates (keys & backing vocals), Quinton Dunne (double bass & backing vocals), and Steve Todd (drums & percussion) Book your POST SHOW LUNCH at Bellbird Dining & Bar $28 Lunch is Cajun Style Chicken Breast, Fennel & Cabbage Slaw DATE Thursday 4 May TIME 11am DURATION 70min (no interval)
TICKETS: All tickets $30 Please contact us if you have a valid NSW Companion Card.
HOW TO GET HERE TRAIN Disembark at Casula Station on the T2 Inner West & South Line or T5 Cumberland - first stop after Liverpool (from Sydney) or Glenfield (from Campbelltown). www.131500.info
Please note the T2 Airport line is different from the T2 Inner West/South - if coming from City Circle via airport, please change at Glenfield.
CAR AND BICYCLE ● From Parramatta or Campbelltown way (without tolls) Take the Hume Highway going towards Liverpool. Follow it all the way into Terminus Street, Liverpool and turn right into Pirie Street. Follow the signs to the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Shepard Street Entrance. ● From the M5/City (with tolls) Take the M5 to Liverpool. Exit at Moorebank Avenue and drive towards Liverpool turning left at Newbridge Road. Turn left into Speed Street and follow the signs to Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
ACCESS Visitors with restricted mobility can enjoy all public areas of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The theatre is fitted with a hearing loop, and has provision for restricted mobility access. Guide and Hearing Dogs are welcome.