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SSO Season Opening Gala : Diana Doherty plays Westlake


SSO Season Opening Gala : Diana Doherty plays Westlake

  • Date: Friday, 8 February 2019 to Saturday, 9 February 2019, 8pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Full: $39 - $115 | Concession: $39 - $95 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9250 7777

Event Details

A blazing beginning to 2019. Strauss's Thus Spake Zarathustra is an unforgettable musical odyssey.

Humanity’s place in nature is the transcendent theme of Richard Strauss's overpowering Thus Spake Zarathustra. A blazing sunrise begins a hero’s odyssey for ‘joy deeper than a heart’s pain’ in an opulent symphonic poem that takes inspiration from the philosopher Nietzsche and grapples with nothing less than the meaning of life and the nature of the universe.

The amazing Diana Doherty reprises her breathtaking performance of Nigel Westlake’s oboe concerto inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness. An evocative tour de force, Spirit of the Wild was composed especially for the ‘dynamic virtuosity’ of our Principal Oboe.

Percy Grainger’s warriors storm the hall with unstoppable energy, as bold men and women gather to dance and celebrate. Calling for an immense orchestra, The Warriors is a fierce and exultant Australian classic, brimming with life and colour.


R STRAUSS - Thus Spake Zarathustra
WESTLAKE - Spirit of the Wild - Oboe Concerto
GRAINGER - The Warriors

Featured non-Australian music: R. Strauss

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

Featured Australian Works

Spirit of the Wild : Concerto for oboe (2016) by Nigel Westlake
— performed by David Robertson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Diana Doherty
Warriors : full orchestra (1916) by Percy Grainger
— performed by David Robertson and Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Featured artists

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