Explore the Open Rehearsals on Offer in 2023
Pictures at an Exhibition
Students will witness the artistry of conductor Mihhail Gertz as he works in partnership with rising star pianist Marie-Ange Nguci to discover the romantic virtuosity of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No.2. Then listen as Mussorgsky’s vision is revealed through the power of Ravel’s iconic orchestration in the dramatic suite of Pictures at an Exhibition.
JS Bach’s Magnificat in D
Featuring more than 100 performers on stage, JS Bach’s Magnificat is a work of immense beauty. Gain a deeper insight into what it takes to synchronize the numerous moving parts of music for choir, soloists and orchestra as the renowned Stephen Layton shares his wisdom on the great choral tradition of sacred art music.
Stephen Hough performs Rachmaninov 1
In this open rehearsal students will see one of the world’s greatest pianists Stephen Hough explore the passion and intensity of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1. The equally charismatic conductor John Wilson will then develop the themes of Korngold’s Symphony in F sharp, music for a huge orchestra with a cinematic sound reminiscent of Korngold’s early Hollywood film scores.
Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor
An expert in choral repertoire, conductor Masaaki Suzuki will combine the immense forces of the Sydney Symphony and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs to shape the constantly shifting moods of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. Students will hear more of Mozart’s brilliance in his Symphony No.36 and the Overture to his opera Don Giovanni.
Simone Young & Steven Isserlis
Experience the great Australian talent of Sydney Symphony’s Chief Conductor Simone Young while she collaborates with award-winning cellist Steven Isserlis and the Sydney Symphony to produce the dreamy Walton Cello Concerto. Students will also hear the deep emotion of Schumann’s Symphony No.4, a composer who exemplifies the essence of the Romantic era of classical music.
Simone Young conducts Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony
Take the opportunity to understand the collaborative method that unfolds between Spanish pianist Javier Perianes, Chief Conductor Simone Young and the Sydney Symphony as they work to explore the genius of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4. Students will also enjoy the idyllic Pastoral Symphony No. 6 as Simone Young develops the dramatic and nuanced moods within.
Nicola Benedetti performs Marsalis
In a Sydney first, students will witness Grammy Award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti as she brings her brilliant technique to the music of Wynton Marsalis in his Violin Concerto. American conductor Karen Kamensek will then rehearse the music from Stravinsky’s breakthrough ballet The Firebird, and students will discover why this magical music remains so popular more than a century after its premiere.
Khatia Buniatishvili performs Tchaikovsky
Students will observe Georgian-born pianist Khatia Buniatishvili in rehearsal as she reveals the powerful displays of emotion within Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1. Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles will then work with the Orchestra to bring to life the impressionist visions of Debussy’s evocative Images for Orchestra.