Issue 9 - 1 October 2012 enews home

Darwin Symphony Orchestra wins at AbaF Awards

Guy Ross (left), General Manager DSO, accepting the AbaF Regional Award with His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, Governor of South Australia; Jett Street, ConocoPhillips and Jill Gael, AbaF Councillor. Photo supplied by AbaF/Daniel Wiech

Darwin Symphony Orchestra has won prizes in two categories at the Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards in South Australia and the NT. It is the first Territory arts organisation ever to do so.

Along with partner ConocoPhillips, DSO took home the AbaF Regional Award for 2011's A Rock Symphony for Everyone, a free concert offered to the Top End community.

DSO and partner Sitzler Bros won the Toyota Community Award for the Red Desert Tour, which saw DSO travel to the construction company's home town of Alice Springs for three concerts last year.

DSO General Manager Guy Ross said he was delighted to accept the awards at a ceremony at Government House in Adelaide.

"The DSO strives to be a truly community-supported orchestra from the passionate volunteer musicians who give up to 250 hours a year, through to leaders in the local business sector who make our vision possible," Mr Ross said.

The 2012 national AbaF Award winners will be announced in Melbourne on 23 October 2012.