“2011 marks a golden time for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. 75 years of music-making, for any orchestra, evokes a sense of pride and achievement,” Arvo Volmer.
The ASO will celebrate 75 great years of music-making with a special Anniversary Gala Concert on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 November at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
In a night to remember, the story of the ASO will be brought to life through music, narrative and video as ABC Classic FM presenter Damien Beaumont, takes the audience on a journey through the years.
ASO Chief Conductor and Music Director, Arvo Volmer will lead the Orchestra in a night of iconic works and orchestral highlights including music by Strauss, Mozart, Haydn and Berlioz. There is also the rare opportunity for Adelaide audiences to hear the piece written for the city’s centenary in 1936 by Miriam Hyde, An Adelaide Overture.
In the second half of the concert, Volmer presents his handpicked ‘Perfect Symphony’ — four movements from some of the greatest symphonies in the repertoire:
- Beethoven Symphony No 5 (1st mvt)
- Dvořák Symphony No 9 (2nd mvt)
- Shostakovich Symphony No 9 (3rd mvt)
- Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 (finale)
“It’s an opportunity for me to find my symphonic nirvana! We journey through some of the greatest orchestral music ever composed; the revolutionary world of Beethoven’s Fifth, the beauty and nostalgia of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, laconic Shostakovich, and to end, drama and orchestral fireworks in Tchaikovsky’s mighty Fifth. It will be a roller coaster ride!” said Volmer.
The concert also features a spectacular line-up of ASO musicians as soloists. Concertmaster, Natsuko Yoshimoto, and Principal Viola, Juris Ezergailis, will perform the finale of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin & viola. Recently appointed Principal Trumpet, Matt Dempsey, plays the last movement of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto as he makes his debut solo performance with the ASO.
Don’t miss this special birthday celebration as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra celebrates 75 years of great music making.
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