2010 Concert Season

 

Culminations

Saturday 20 March 2010, 8.00pm

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Paul Terracini | conductor
Daniel Herscovitch | piano
Antonia Todorova | violin

The work of Beethoven has often been called the culmination of the Classical era. The grandeur of the virtuoso composer’s final piano concerto is juxtaposed here with the passion of Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, composed in the final months of a complex and turbulent life. Cantilena Pacifica by Australian Richard Meale, who died in 2009, is a fine example of the lyrical style characteristic of much of the composer’s later work.

Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, "Emperor"
MealeCantilena Pacifica
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, "Pathétique"

 
     

Impressions

Saturday 29 May 2010, 8.00pm
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Paul Terracini | conductor
Helen Barnett | soprano

Penrith City Choir & Academy Singers | Lucy McAlary, Director

Ravel’s expression of a nostalgic enthusiasm for Spanish courtly customs and sensibilities, and Debussy’s dreamy response to Mallarmé’s poem about a faun in the heat of the afternoon, are among the quintessential works of the impressionist movement in music. In Earth Cry, Sculthorpe’s instrumental colours evoke feelings of the Australian landscape that seem to go beyond ritual mourning, while Poulenc imbues his sacred text with wide-ranging emotion and drama.

DebussyPrélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
SculthorpeEarth Cry
RavelMa mère l’oye (“Mother Goose” Suite) & Pavane pour une infante défunte
Poulenc Gloria 

   
     

Landscapes

Saturday 28 August 2010, 8.00pm
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Steven Hillinger | conductor

Few composers paint landscapes in sound as eloquently as the fervent Finnish nationalist Sibelius, whose distinctive orchestration and stirring melodies are nothing short of breathtaking. Also from the Nordic region comes Grieg’s incidental music to Ibsen’s folkloric verse play, Peer Gynt, while Mythic, by Russian-born Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, refers to “the mental image [the composer] had of musically entering into a large, mythical cave”.

Kats-Chernin
Mythic
SibeliusKarelia Suite
GriegPeer Gynt Suite No.1
Sibelius – Symphony No. 1 in E minor 
   
     

Firebird

 
Saturday 6 November 2010, 8.00pm
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Paul Terracini | conductor
Celia Craig | oboe

Firebird, the ballet which first earned Stravinsky international fame, depicts a glowing bird from Slavic folkloric, both a blessing and bringer of doom to its captor. In White Ghost Dancing, the concept of a white ghost symbolises non-indigenous Australia’s capacity to heal itself through connectedness with the earth. The virtuosity of Vaughan Williams and the poignancy of Barber add further colour to this richly varied musical experience.

EdwardsWhite Ghost Dancing
Vaughan Williams – Oboe Concerto in A minor
BarberAdagio for Strings
StravinskyFirebird Suite

   
     

Pops for Tots

Musical Opposites: The Ins and Outs of the Orchestra

 
Sunday 20 June 2010, 11.00am
Q Theatre, Penrith

Sunday 27 June 2010, 11.00am and 12.00noon
Springwood Civic Centre, Springwood

George Ellis | conductor

A musical entertainment for children 3 to 7 years old, conducted and
presented by George Ellis based on music by Bizet, Mozart, Johann Strauss and more...
   
     

Messiah

Sunurday 5 December 2010, 3.00pm
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Paul Terracini | conductor
Helen Barnett | soprano
Anna Dowsley | alto
Kaine Hayward | tenor
Alexander Knight | bass

Penrith City Choir & Academy Singers
Lucy McAlary | chorus director


HandelMessiah