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Fireworks and Fantasy


Fireworks and Fantasy

  • Date: Thursday, 22 March 2012 to Saturday, 24 March 2012, 1:30pm (Thursday), 8pm (Friday), 2pm (Saturday)
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: $35-$119 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

We’re delighted to present the first performances of the winner of our 80th anniversary composition prize. Elliott Gyger’s on air is a response to the Sydney Symphony’s origins as a broadcast orchestra and our shared history with the ABC, which also turns 80 this year.

What do you do when you acquire a Stradivarius viola? The 19th-century virtuoso Paganini turned to the French composer Berlioz and asked him to write a new concerto. But he didn't get what he bargained for. Harold in Italy was the result - an extravagant blend of concerto and symphony - and Roger Benedict's role as soloist will be to play a "character", a Byronic dreamer.

Dreams are set aside in Prokofiev's wide-awake piano concerto. It's his most popular and rewarding concerto - memorable, good-humoured and bracing. Behzod Abduraimov has joined the Sydney Symphony and Ashkenazy on tour in Europe and Asia, and we're delighted to introduce this exceptional young pianist to audiences at home.

GYGER on air, dialogue for orchestra
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No.3
BERLIOZ Harold in Italy

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Roger Benedict viola
Behzod Abduraimov piano

Featured non-Australian music: Prokofiev, Berlioz

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

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample on air : dialogue for orchestra (2011) by Elliott Gyger — World premiere
— performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sydney Symphony

Featured artists

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