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Australian Youth Orchestra


Australian Youth Orchestra

  • Date: Wednesday, 20 July 2011 to Thursday, 21 July 2011, 6:30pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: $89-$35 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Tomorrow’s orchestra makes a welcome return to the Sydney Symphony’s concert season. The faces are new but the playing is as exhilarating as ever and brimming over with undisguised enthusiasm. As The Sydney Morning Herald said in 2002, “Hear it, feel it, this is what the orchestral experience is all about.”

For this concert, Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard has chosen a masterpiece by his fellow countryman, Carl Nielsen. The music begins in a pastoral vein, with all the beauty of the orchestra on show, before things turn sinister with the entry of a side drum. And rhythm remains the driving force, bringing the symphony to its brilliant and radiant climax.

Debussy’s vast rendition of the sea is another piece to show off the talent of young musicians, with its mysterious colours and fabulous effects.

At the heart of the evening program is a new concerto by Carl Vine, written especially for Sydney Symphony concertmaster Dene Olding. Its starting point is the solo violin, quietly accompanied by orchestra – nothing, says Vine, has the potential to sound more alone. But in music, as in life, there’s a need for community as well as solitude – and perhaps only through music can we understand the tension between the two.

Featured non-Australian music: Debussy, Nielsen

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website

Featured Australian Works

Violin concerto (violin with full orchestra) (2011) by Carl Vine — World premiere
— performed by Dene Olding, Australian Youth Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard

Featured artists

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