Posted by Jacqui Bonner | February 16, 2016
Intensity of Emotion
Piano soloist Simon Tedeschi
Saturday 19 March, 7pm
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.1, Op.15 TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5, Op.64
In this special performance by The Sydney Youth Orchestra, to commence what will be an exciting year of music-making, our friend and mentor Simon Tedeschi will feature as guest soloist.
“Brahms’ first piano concerto is a tumultuous battle between piano and orchestra, simultaneously embodying the exuberance of youth, and gravitas. Written when the composer was just 25, it shows a preternatural understanding of harmony, and its inherent ebullience, drive and fire make it a fitting concerto for the wonderful SYO, who possess both the depth and youthful verve to handle this monumental work. It’s always a joy to perform with SYO, and I’ve been dreaming of playing this concerto since I was a kid: with Alex Briger at the helm, it’s sure to be an exciting journey!” – Simon Tedeschi
Sydney Youth Orchestras commences its second year led by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Alexander Briger AO, recent recipient of the Officer of the Order of Australia recognising his contribution to the Australian musical landscape.
Brahms’ first piano concerto is a young man’s composition; from the stormy emotional opening to the musical portrait of Clara Schumann, the work is full of anguish and passionate revelation rarely found in his later music. Tchaikovsky too favoured the expressive side of composition, and while many of his peers were caught up in Russian nationalism, he was an intensely emotional man who regarded music as a lyrical medium. Is there any symphony more immediately moving than this one? Nowhere is Tchaikovsky less subtle, and nowhere more effective.
This concert will showcase the top tier orchestra in the family of large ensembles of the Sydney Youth Orchestras. Called The Sydney Youth Orchestra, this ensemble comprises some of the best young musicians in Sydney today; students whose dedication to their art sees them both studying and practicing for long hours each day, in addition to attending weekly rehearsals and regular concert performances as part of SYO.
Child (under 16): $15
Group 4 (max 2 adults): $100
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