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Firebird & Strauss Classical Music

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Order by phone The Concourse +61 2 8075 8111 or Ticketek 1300 795 012
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When

Saturday 17 March, 7:30pm

Where

Concert Hall

Price

Adult $40
Senior $30
Student $12
Junior $12

Group bookings available.

Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra & Paul Terracini

The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to join with celebrated soprano Taryn Fiebig in a performance of Richard Strauss’s supremely beautiful Four Last Songs to open its 2018 season with newly appointed Artistic Director, Paul Terracini. The settings of poems by Joseph Eichendorff and Herman Hesse, with their rich contrapuntal colours, rapturous melodies and radiant orchestration, these songs are consummate examples of Strauss’s gift for expressing words through music. Taryn Fiebig is a principal artist with Opera Australia, recently appearing as Musetta in La Bohème and Gudrun in Götterdämerung. She is also well known to Sydney audiences for her performances with Pinchgut Opera and the Sydney Philharmonia.

In contrast to the Strauss, Stravinsky’s thrilling Firebird Suite captures the initial success of a young composer destined to shape music history in the space of just a few years with three extraordinary ballet scores. Commissioned for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, The Firebird received a highly successful premiere in Paris in 1910, paving the way for Petrushka (1911) and Rite of Spring (1913). Less radical than its successors, The Firebird sits more clearly within the tradition established by Stravinsky’s teacher Rimsky-Korsakov and his contemporaries, and yet intimations of the later works are not difficult to find.

Complementing the Stravinsky in our program is White Ghost Dancing, by distinguished Australian composer Ross Edwards. This is paired with his Emerald Crossing—a calmer work but still dance-like, described by the composer as having the characteristics of a barcarolle. Setting the scene for the Four Last Songs is Richard Wagner’s dignified and atmospheric Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin.

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