These concerts will challenge students in an exploration of great classics from Beethoven, Prokofiev, Strauss and Brahms alongside contemporary Australian works by Ross Edwards, Roger Smalley and SSO Artist in Residence Brett Dean.
Ideal for students in Years 9 to 12 who are serious about composing, performing and listening to orchestral music, and who are studying the HSC Music 2 course.
Batiashvili plays Prokofiev
Wed 28 Feb 6:30pm
The music of adopted Australian Elena Kats-Chernin (Eliza’s Aria, Russian Rag) is wryly humorous, sometimes manic, always playful. In Heaven is Closed she evokes a blissful place with all the vividness of Russian fairy tale illustrations. Vivid tone poems by Richard Strauss paint entertaining pictures of two anti-heroes: Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel. And from Prokofiev comes one of the great violin concertos, played by Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili.
Hough plays Rachmaninoff
Wed 4 Jul 6:30pm*
The inspiration for Ross Edwards’ symphony for soprano and orchestra, Earth Spirit Songs, came while he was in Europe surround by landscapes of his cultural heritage but far from home. In his much-loved dance-chant style, Edwards combines the spiritual with the visceral. The “Rach Pag” is perfect for virtuoso Stephen Hough with its devilish piano pyrotechnics and “that” memorable tune. And Mendelssohn's Reformation Symphony features a blazing finale –based on the hymn “A mighty fortress is our God”.
Wed 22 Aug 6:30pm
Brahms’s Fourth is his most expansive symphony. Hans von Bülow, its first conductor, described it as “gigantic” and “a law unto itself”. But ask SSO Chief Conductor David Robertson and he’ll tell you it’s “large-scale chamber music”, full of exquisite detail and marvellous interactions between the different sections of the orchestra. This great Romantic symphony with its magnificent finale has been admired from the beginning and sits firmly at the heart of the orchestral repertoire. In this concert, Robertson pairs it with something brand new: a concerto composed especially for German cellist Alban Gerhardt by SSO Artist in Residence Brett Dean. And to begin he’s chosen Elgar’s idyllic serenade, beguiling music to show off the SSO strings.
Rhythm and Energy
Wed 7 Nov 6:30pm
A program of rhythmic vitality conducted by SSO ChiefConductor David Robertson. Leading Australian percussionist Claire Edwardes brings her affinity for the work of Scottish composer James Macmillan to his Second Percussion concerto – a high-energy tour de force! Brett Deans’ Wings of Angels, dedicated to David Robertson and the SSO, takes a big Romantic orchestra and gives it hushed and flighty music, full of whispering effects and delicate colours. The program wraps with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony – the most visceral and thrilling of his symphonies. Its rhythms are utterly obsessive, relentless, propulsive – there’s no let-up! Even when it slows down, the music’s unstoppable pulse, its warmth and red-blooded vitality are impelling.
* Independent schools on holidays by 4 July may opt to attend Verdi’s Requiem (MTM1, Thu 21 Jun 6:30pm) within the Pre-Designed MTM Package. Notice required on Booking Request Form.
|Early Bird 4 Pack^^||$260||$120||$180 or 1:10|
|4 Pack||$260||$128||$192 or 1:10|
|Choose 3 of 4|
|3 Pack**||$260||$108||$162 or 1:10|
|Create Your Own|
|4 Pack**||$360||$136||$204 or 1:10|
^ Per series, per school.
^^ Book and pay in full by 30 November 2017.
* One complimentary teacher subscription for every 10 student subscriptions purchased. There is a maximum of 5 complimentary teacher subscriptions in each subscription series per school.
** Please note your school may not have the same seats for each concert. Pre-Designed Packages will be seated before Create Your Own packages. All people in your group must be attending the same concerts.