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10 Aug 2019
Blue Mountains Theatre, Macquarie Rd. Springwood 2777
Wood, Strings, Brass, Percussion Orchestra

Artistic Director: ROGER BENEDICT

an intriguing program of chamber works and arrangements.

Now in its 18th year, the Sydney Symphony Fellowship is recognised as one of the world’s leading orchestral training programs, providing exceptional young musicians with an intensive year-long program of mentoring, performances, workshops, and immersion in the world of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Returning to the Blue Mountains Concert Society, the Sydney Symphony Fellows perform  “Bold Beginnings” 

PURCELL arr. Kandel Four Movements for brass trio
BACH Suite in E minor: Gigue
BRITTEN Sinfonietta
HINDSON The Accelerating Hi-Hat
POLIAS Street Sketches
HUMPERDINCK arr. Farrington Hansel and Gretel Overture
BEETHOVEN arr. Ebers Symphony No.1

Bookending the program are two sets of arrangements. Purcell and Bach are well known Baroque composers, but in these arrangements we hear them with fresh ears - a brass trio performing music by Purcell, and a solo marimba performing a lute suite by Bach.
At the end of the program is Carl Friedrich Ebers’ arrangement of Beethoven’s First Symphony, which followed the 19th century custom of publishing chamber arrangements of popular symphonies to allow them to be heard in smaller settings outside the concert hall.
Iain Farrington has continued this practice into the 21st Century with his arrangement of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Overture.
Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta is a mini symphony for eleven players and was his first published work, establishing the young composer as a major force in British music.
A short work for solo percussion by well-known Australian composer Matthew Hindson is paired with Street Sketches by Peggy Polias, an emerging Australian composer whose work explores the relationship between popular and classical music.

Adults $48 | Concession $45 |Students $25
School children Free with paying adult if booked via phone or the Box Office.

Photo Credit:  Anthony Geernaert