2011 Season 1 – Winter Daydreams

After an extreme Sydney summer, the mind wanders. To icy lakes, bare trees against a grey misty sky, perhaps even a skating rink. Maestro Cristian Cimei, returned from an Italian winter, will take our spirits north to Europe and Russia.

Strathfield Symphony’s first concert season for 2011 features Tchaikovsky’s first symphony, “Winter Daydreams”. Not as well known as it could be, it’s full of moods and melodies, with many memorable tunes. The triumphant finale resolves any lingering dark thoughts. It is reminiscent of his best ballet music and close in spirit to the great sixth symphony, the “Pathétique”.

In “On the Skating Rink” Vincent Leonard, Sydney composer and long time member of the orchestra, takes us back to his boyhood in Harbin in northern China, where White Russian émigrés gathered in winter at the skating rink, waltzes crackling through the PA system. An unexpected storm completes the drama.

A cheeky Thieving Magpie portrayed by Rossini and a peasant girl in Bizet’s incidental music to L’Arlésienne (Suite No 1) complete this tuneful programme.

Come join us at Strathfiel Town Hall, Sunday 3rd April at 2.30pm.


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