Hello, everyone, welcome to The Domain. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.
This is the 29th year of Sydney Festival's program of free concerts, here in this fantastic City oasis.
For many years, the City of Sydney has been proud to support the Festival, and I want to thank tonight's sponsor, ANZ, and the Festival's principal sponsor, Zip Industries, for their support.
Tonight, we're pleased to welcome our marvellous Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Brett Weymark, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and our great Shakespearean, John Bell.
Please give them a tremendous Sydney welcome, and have a great night, everyone!