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Sydney Symphony: Lentz, Sibelius etc. : Harmony from Heaven


Sydney Symphony: Lentz, Sibelius etc. : Harmony from Heaven

  • Date: Thursday, 13 May 2010, 6:30pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: $78-$35 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

In space, if you listen, you can hear the stars sing. Georges Lentz, with his profound musical vision and love of the night sky, brings that sound into the concert hall – pure and serene. We premiered Guyuhmgan in 2001, and for its return Lentz has added solos for two of our woodwind principals. The music’s soft tones find affinity in the delicate austerity of Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, and Beethoven’s heroic tone-poem in miniature balances Sibelius’s most memorable symphony.

Sibelius also claimed heavenly inspiration. Writing his Fifth Symphony, he said it was if God had thrown down mosaic pieces from heaven and asked him to put them back as they were – for Sibelius composing was like a celestial jigsaw puzzle, an aching mystery that even he didn’t fully understand. We may not understand the process either, but we recognise the result – invigorating and life-affirming.

Featured non-Australian music: Sibelius, Stravinsky, Beethoven

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

Featured Australian Works

Guyuhmgan : full orchestra by Georges Lentz
— performed by Sydney Symphony and Matthew Coorey

Featured artists

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