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
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