The Smith Auditorium, Shore School, North Sydney

ROSSINI Thieving Magpie Overture
 (Violin: Shuti Huang)

SIBELIUS Swan of Tuonela
BLACKFORD The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony (Australian Premiere)

Steven Hillinger,  Conductor
Shuti Huang,  Concertmaster

A concert inspired by the sounds of nature, and birds in particular. The concert opens with Rossini's rousing overture from 'The Thieving Magpie'. 

Then our concermaster and celebrated SSO violinist takes to the stage to perform Vaughan Williams' popular 'Lark Ascending'. This wonderful work, inspired by the swooping dance of the lark, takes the violin into ever higher and more delicate registers - a work of both great beauty and virtuosity.

SIbelius' 'Swan of Tuonela' is a tone poem that features a prominent cor anglais part; it is one of the best known and loved orchestral cor anglais solos in the repertoire.

Finally, we are proud to present an Australian premiere - Blackford's 'Great Animal Orchestra Symphony'. Inspired by a range of recordings of natural habitats, this piece melds natural sounds with haunting music. This piece has been received with great acclaim all around the world since its premiere in 2014, and the NSSO are very excited to be able to bring this piece to Australia for the first time. You can read more about this fascinating and groundbreaking work  here.


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