Zoo Twilights 2020
Melbourne Zoo has announced that its annual summer concert series, Zoo Twilights, will return from 24 January to 7 March 2020, with landmark composer and universally adored singer-songwriter, Randy Newman the first artist to be revealed for the 2020 program.
Winner of seven Grammys, three Emmys and two Academy awards, Newman has lent his unmistakable voice to some of the most loved screen classics of the past half-century. An Evening With Randy Newman will see the celebrated artist perform from a repertoire that includes music from the Toy Story series, A Bug’s Life and Monsters Inc, as well as material from his critically acclaimed 2017 album Dark Matter, in the most special of settings – providing the perfect soundtrack to a summer night under the stars at Melbourne Zoo.
Described by Pitchfork as a songwriter whose music “leaves you wondering where you stand, what you think, what you believe and how the world works”, Newman has spanned generations and music genres like few other artists.
To date, his 1968 hit ‘I Think It’s Going to Rain Today’ has been covered by more than 50 artists including Nina Simone, Peter Gabriel and Norah Jones, while recent collaborations with Chance the Rapper and Rex Orange County illustrate his enduring relevance. For Melburnians, the performance offers music lovers of all ages the chance to witness a music icon in one of Australia’s most idyllic and family friendly concert settings.
And it’s good music for a good cause, with all proceeds from the 2020 program going to initiatives that work towards ensuring the survival of the adorable, but critically endangered, Mountain Pygmy-possum – Australia’s only hibernating marsupial.
With just 2,000 Mountain Pygmy-possums remaining in the wild, the species is at risk after its main food source, the migrating Bogong Moth, failed to appear in the possum’s Victorian Alps home for the second year. The plight of the possum is at the centre of Zoos Victoria’s ‘Lights Off for Moths’ campaign, which encourages Australians to switch off their outdoor lights at night to avoid interrupting the moths’ traditional migration.
Zoo Twilights is where conservation and culture collide.
Zoo Twilights takes place on land that belongs to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay respect to this country’s First Peoples past, present and emerging.
The full 2020 Zoo Twilights line-up will be announced on 16 October 2019.
Every weekend from 24 January – 7 March 2020
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