Sydney Symphony Orchestra Logo Menu Open Menu

2019 Season Opening Gala
Diana Doherty plays Westlake

2019 Season Opening Gala
Diana Doherty plays Westlake

A blazing beginning to 2019. Strauss's Thus Spake Zarathustra is an unforgettable musical odyssey.

Humanity’s place in nature is the transcendent theme of Richard Strauss's overpowering Thus Spake Zarathustra. A blazing sunrise begins a hero’s odyssey for ‘joy deeper than a heart’s pain’ in an opulent symphonic poem that takes inspiration from the philosopher Nietzsche and grapples with nothing less than the meaning of life and the nature of the universe.

The amazing Diana Doherty reprises her breathtaking performance of Nigel Westlake’s oboe concerto inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness. An evocative tour de force, Spirit of the Wild was composed especially for the ‘dynamic virtuosity’ of our Principal Oboe.

Percy Grainger’s warriors storm the hall with unstoppable energy, as bold men and women gather to dance and celebrate. Calling for an immense orchestra, The Warriors is a fierce and exultant Australian classic, brimming with life and colour.

★★★★½ ‘‘Doherty’s performance was a tour de force…’’

Sydney Morning Herald, 2017

A Lunar New Year Celebration

A Lunar New Year Celebration

1-2 Feb

Sydney Opera House

Book Now
Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra

13-16 Feb

Sydney Opera House

Book Now
The Sydney Symphony and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The Sydney Symphony and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

21-25 Feb

Sydney Opera House

Book Now
Music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington

Music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington

23 Feb

Sydney Opera House

Book Now
Casino Royale in Concert

Casino Royale in Concert

28 Feb-2 Mar

Sydney Opera House

Book Now