Sunday 22 November, 2pm
Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The Sydney Youth Orchestra
DUKAS | Fanfare pour précéder La Péri
BEETHOVEN | Coriolan Overture
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
RODRIGO | Adagio para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento
PROKOFIEV | Peter and the Wolf
Conductor Max McBride
The score for Peter and the Wolf was generously donated by Pam and Ian McGaw
SYO MAKES SPACE FOR THE MUSIC IN 2020 FINALE
Back onstage for the final (and only the second!) time in 2020, The Sydney Youth Orchestra makes a virtue out of social distancing..
Marking the welcome return to the Flagship podium of conductor Max McBride, November’s program features music in which space is a necessary ingredient.
Vaughan Williams wanted his Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis to evoke the resonance of a vast church by separating orchestral strings into three distinct groups and SYO will follow suit, spilling players across the stage. In Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, narrated by the well-known satirist and actor Jonathan Biggins, takes to the stage a musical representation of the animals (woodwind soloists) taking refuge from the predator. And the prescribed distance between players is just right for the desired brass and woodwind walls of sound in Dukas’ La Peri Fanfare and the (Inexplicably) rarely performed Adagio for Wind Instruments by Rodrigo, a gem every bit as gorgeous as his Aranjuez Concerto.
The composer whose 250 candles remain unlit due to the 2020 pandemic – Ludwig van Beethoven – receives a belated birthday salute just before his December anniversary with the Coriolan Overture.
This event will be live streamed.
IMPORTANT: For all guests attending the in-person performance, face masks are required by the venue to be worn at all times and is a condition of entry