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Dvořák’s New World

Explorations in Sound

Australia's best-loved symphony
Chinese connection
Date Fri 1 Nov Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 1 hour 10 mins (no interval)

Australia's best-loved symphony, powerful music to set the scene, and something brand new and exotic!

Dvořák went to New York to help American composers find a distinctive voice of their own. Meanwhile, he felt homesick for his native Bohemia and these twin inspirations have given generations of music-lovers one of the most heartfelt and expressive symphonies ever written - a classical chart-topper.

Britten stayed closed to home with his gut-wrenching opera Peter Grimes, set in a fishing village on the English coast. The four scene-changing interludes evoke the dignity of sunrise, the festive optimism of Sunday morning church bells, the loneliness of a moonlit sea, and a ruthless storm.

And for something really new, we've commissioned a pipa concerto from Zhao Jiping, the composer of Raise the Red Lantern and Farewell, My Concubine. The soloist is Wu Man, who has wowed Western audiences with her spontaneous and virtuosic performances.

Pre-concert talk by Kim Waldock at 5.45pm in the Northern Foyer.
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PROGRAM
  • BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
  • ZHAO JIPING Pipa Concerto PREMIERE
  • DVOŘÁK Symphony No.9, New World
Artists
  • Jessica Cottis* conductor
  • Wu Man pipa (Chinese lute)

    *We regret that Joana Carneiro, has, unfortunately, had to withdraw from the planned concerts with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra due to health reasons. We are, however, extremely grateful to Jessica Cottis for agreeing to take over the performances.
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