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SSO: Gyger and Stravinsky - Petrushka


SSO: Gyger and Stravinsky - Petrushka

  • Date: Friday, 19 August 2016, 11am
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adult: $99-$39 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8215 4600

Event Details

Stravinsky's Petrushka and Tan Dun's double bass concerto, The Wolf, find authentic inspiration in ancient culture and customs: of Russia and the Silk Road.

Elliott Gyger's title comes from a scene in The Rite of Spring: 'The Acquisition of the Earth by Dancing.' The idea of acquiring the earth, with its sinister overtones, has given him a springboard for his latest orchestral work. There's also something sinister to the story of Petrushka, Stravinsky's 'immortal and unhappy hero' - a straw-filled puppet with a heart that can be broken. But Stravinsky's music for this Russian fairground tale frames the tragedy with vibrant colour and a playful spirit.

Our concerto, inspired by Jiang Rong's novel Wolf Totem, is for an uncommon soloist, showing off the rich, velvety and percussive qualities of the double bass. Its composer is Tan Dun, whose music made such a powerful impact in the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

This August with David Robertson we're performing the three great ballet scores that Stravinsky composed for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. It's a perfect opportunity to hear how this brilliant young composer found his voice and then changed music forever!


Acquisition* [P]

The Wolf - Double Bass Concerto

Petrushka (1911)*

[P] Premiere.
* These works will be performed on Fri 19 Aug.
* Duration of Fri 19 Aug 11am performance approx. 1hr 5mins (no interval).

Featured non-Australian music: Stravinsky, Tan Dun

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 8215 4600 or by email to info@sydneysymphony.com

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample Acquisition : for orchestra (2016) by Elliott Gyger
— performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson

Featured artists

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