January 29, 2008
At a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, today, Burt Bacharach announced that he’s written a new orchestral composition for the Sydney Symphony inspired by his tour of Australia last summer. “For the Children” will have its Australian premiere this Thursday night during Bacharach’s performance with the symphony at the Sydney Opera House. In addition, plans are in place to record Bacharach’s two performances with the symphony this week for a new CD to be released later in 2008, Burt Bacharach Live at the Sydney Opera House.
Burt’s tour of Australia and Japan–which he began a few days early in order to catch the men’s final of the Australian Open–coincides with this year’s Grammy Awards, at which Burt is scheduled to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In Burt’s absence, the award will be accepted by his children, Cristopher, Oliver and Raleigh.
Happy New Year! I’ll begin with my obligatory apology about the lack of updates. Hopefully, you’re all visiting the Bacharach forum to get the latest news supplied by fans all over the world. I want to begin by mentioning two recent collections of Bacharach songs that fans might want to check out.
In October, the British musical theater star Michael Ball released Back To Bacharach, a collection of 12 Bacharach compositions including “The Look of Love,” “Alfie,” “One Less Bell To Answer,” “This House Is Empty Now,” and “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” For more info about Michael and the new CD, check out the official Michael Ball Website.
Also, in December, the Dutch vocalist Trijntje Oosterhuis released her second collection of Bacharach songs, Who’ll Speak For Love. The CD features Bacharach himself on piano on three tracks. It’s an outstanding record.
(If the sticker price on Amazon’s import version is too steep, you can purchase the entire album as an MP3 download for just $9.49)
If that weren’t enough good news, the Aspen Times reports that Burt is collaborating on a new batch of songs with Elvis Costello, most likely to be recorded by Costello’s wife, the jazz singer Diana Krall. Great news indeed.
And, finally, Burt has added two additional dates to his 2008 performance schedule, Oct. 2 in Rama, Ontario, and Oct. 3. in Montreal. For complete details, visit the Bacharach On Tour page.