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2017 Performances


  7.30pm Saturday 4 March 2017 – Federation Concert Hall

IVES The Unanswered Question
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

This concert is sold out. To join the waiting list, please contact the TSO Box Office on 1800 001 190.

Beethoven’s Ninth is powerful, moving and uplifting. Its joyous message of human benevolence is as relevant today as it was two hundred years ago. A musical game changer, Beethoven’s Ninth presents the massed forces of a large orchestra, choir and vocal soloists in a spectacle for the eyes and ears. Marko Letonja conducts this inspiring, season opening concert.

Insurance salesman by day and composer by night, Charles Ives is one of music’s true originals. In his short orchestral work The Unanswered Question, Ives brings separate instrumental groups into a conversation where the parties never quite reach an agreement. Ives’s enigmatic and captivating work counterposes the universal human ideals of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.

There will be no interval in this concert.

Beethoven sung in German with surtitles.



  7:30pm Saturday 12 August 2017 – Federation Concert Hall

The dusty backstreets of Seville, the smugglers’ hideaway, the boisterous bullring…Carmen comes to life in this concert performance of Bizet’s gritty and powerful opera. Packed with incredibly popular set pieces – Carmen’s hot-blooded “Habanera”, Don José’s sensitive “Flower Song”, Escamillo’s swaggering “Toreador Song” – Carmen is an opera that remains as fresh and vital today as when it was first written.

Conductor Marko Letonja has assembled an all-star cast including Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Maximova, the preeminent Carmen of our times, Argentinian tenor Marcelo Puente and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

Concert performance.

Sung in French with surtitles.



  8pm Friday 24 November 2017 – Sydney Opera House
2pm Saturday 25 November 2017 - Sydney Opera House

EÖTVÖS Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum [Australian Premiere]
WALTON Belshazzar's Feast (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and TSO Chorus)

The writing's on the wall for Belshazzar in Walton's monumental choral-symphony. The Old Testament story calls for music of 'savage splendour', as ferocious and indulgent as the king himself, and Belshazzar's Feast is easily the most sensational music for choir and orchestra ever written. For Hungarian Peter Eötvös, composing means enchanting his audience through sound, and his new oratorio (co-commissioned by the SSO and recently premiered in Salzburg) does exactly that. His chorus sings 'Hallelujas' quoted from different periods in music. His protagonist, the tenor, delivers prophecies with a stammer (the subtitle is literally 'Stammering Oratorio'). The secular text is a serious commentary on the world today - 'We put up fences everywhere...' - and yet the music is infused with humour. We can't wait to introduce this new work to Australian audiences!

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  2:30pm Saturday 2 December 2017 – Federation Concert Hall

HAYDN Symphony No. 102
STANHOPE Fantasia on a Theme of Vaughan Williams
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn

Communicating across the centuries, composers sometimes pay homage to each other by borrowing music from one era and repurposing it in another. The “St Anthony Chorale”, a melody attributed to Haydn, forms the basis of Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, while “Down Ampney” (also known as “Come down, O Love divine”), a hymn tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams, underpins the ingenious Fantasia on a Theme of Vaughan Williams by Australian composer Paul Stanhope.

Music by the composers so honoured makes up the first half of this concert. Haydn’s Symphony No 102, one of his hugely successful “London Symphonies”, was written at the peak of Haydn’s career, while Flos campi (Flower of the Fields) by Vaughan Williams is a one-of-a-kind work: part viola concerto, part oratorio but strictly speaking neither. Composed in 1925 and inspired by the biblical “Song of Songs”, Flos campi is enigmatic, elegiac and redemptive.


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