Music Through the Ages
If you love classical music then you have more than four centuries of great music to choose from. In this concert the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Toby Thatcher will take you on a whirlwind tour through the ages.
It begins with glorious brass music composed for the Basilica of St Mark in Venice at the height of the Renaissance and Johann Sebastian Bach’s great concerto for two violins – one of the masterpieces of the Baroque era.
There’s a modern classic by Schoenberg, in which he returns to the tonal impulses of his early works and after interval a magical new gem from young Australian composer Andrew Howes.
At the climax of the program, Felix Mendelssohn – composing in 1830 – reflects on the world of Bach and his Protestant faith in his Reformation Symphony. It begins with the famous rising tones of the Dresden Amen and Luther’s great hymn A Mighty Fortress is our God which underpins the triumphant finale.
GABRIELI Canzon in 8 parts, Ch 172
SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No.2
JS BACH Double Violin Concerto, BWV 1043
HOWES Sonata for Winds
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.5 (Reformation)
TOBY THATCHER conductor
SUN YI violin (Bach)
BRIDGET O'DONNELL violin (Bach)
Tuesday 23 May / 7.30pm
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 24 May / 7.30pm
Orange Civic Theatre
Friday 26 May / 8pm
Dubbo Regional Theatre
The SSO will also present interactive concerts for schools students on 24, 25, 26 May.