Sydney Symphony: Kerry, Bartók, Grainger
- Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2011 to Thursday, 26 May 2011, 6:30pm
- Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
- Tickets: $35-$89 — Tickets can be purchased online
Gordon Kerry takes it as a great compliment to be sharing this program with Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, not just because he adores Bartok’s music but because in many respects both composers are trying to do the same thing.
Kerry’s Symphony “will be celebrating the orchestra in its unity and diversity” and that’s what Bartok does too. Both composers provide moments of glory for individuals in the orchestra, some of our fantastic soloists, and then there’s the way they take the orchestra apart and put it back together again. Everyone is given a cameo role in music that shows off the orchestra as individuals and as a first-class ensemble.
Between the musical drama of Kerry and Bartok sit the vivid images of Grainger’s In a Nutshell suite – from the kind of melody you might hum while waiting for a sweetheart, to the world of the music hall and a larrikin march. It’s tuneful music dressed up in Grainger’s spicy orchestrations.
This is a concert that reveals the immense variety of colours and sounds that are possible when you put a symphony orchestra in the spotlight.
Featured non-Australian music: Bartók
Further information for this event is available online at the event's website
Featured Australian Works
|In a nutshell : orchestra by Percy Grainger|
— performed by Sydney Symphony and Benjamin Northey
|Symphony : full orchestra (2010) by Gordon Kerry — World premiere|
— performed by Sydney Symphony and Nicholas Carter
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