2012 Season 4 – Ecstasy and Despair

Ecstasy and Despair

24th  and 25th November


Romeo meets Juliet.

Prokofiev meets Shakespeare.


For their last concert for the year, the innovative Strathfield Symphony Orchestra will again shatter the conventional concert format. The brilliant team of Sadaharu Muramatsu, Music Director,and Brendon McDonnell, Performance Director,will bring you the passionate music of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with scenes from Shakespeare’s iconic play, featuring young actors Ben Bennett, Georgia Clark and Merridy Ison. In our year of Emotions, these are sure to run high in this dazzling meeting of two great geniuses. With Ravel’s hypnotic Boléro to start, this is a concert not to be missed. Book now!

Ravel             Boléro

Prokofiev      Romeo and Juliet Suites 1 & 2

With scenes from Shakespeare in concert performance


Music Director                     Sadaharu Muramatsu

Performance Director       Brendon McDonall


Saturday 24 November  7pm

Sunday 25 November  2.30pm


Strathfield Town Hall

Cnr Redmyre and Homebush Rds, Strathfield


Adult $25

Concession $20

Child/Student $15 (Under 5 free)

Family $60



1300 306 776

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2012-04 Inner West Courier

2012 Season 3 – Fervour

2012 Season 3 Poster
1. great intensity of feeling or belief; ardour; zeal
2. Rare intense heat

For our third concert this season, we say goodbye to Winter and welcome in the Spring.

Under the direction of our Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Sadaharu Muramatsu, we start our concert with the rousing Zampa Overture by Hérold. As a special treat, we are joined by Nick Byrne on the Ophicleide. This period instrument is part of the brass family and is the ancestor of the modern Tuba. In the hands of virtuoso Nick Byrne, who will also perform a solo piece with the orchestra, it will amaze you with its lyrical beauty and agility.

Next we add some dreams with the Havanaise by Saint-Saëns and introduce our renowned soloist Anna McMichael on violin. If you don’t know it by name, you will certainly recognise this melting tune based on the Spanish habanera rhythm. Anna will also perform the delightful Eastern European folk tunes in Bartok’s Rhapsody No. 1 to round off the first half of our programme.

After interval, we close our concert with the nationalistic fervour of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, instrumental in lifting the Russian yoke from Finland, and the most popular of Sibelius’ symphonies.

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2012 Season 2 – Triumph!

2012 Season 2 Poster

Conductor: Sadaharu Muramatsu

Saturday 23rd June, 7pm

Sunday 24th June, 2.30pm

Strathfield Town Hall, cnr Redmyre and Homebush Rds, Strathfield
Tickets: Adults $25, Children and Students $15 (under 5 Free)

Concession $20  Family $60


Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf

Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture (“Fingal’s Cave”)

Ravel – Pavane for a Dead Princess

Smetana – The Moldau

(70 mins duration, including interval)

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2012 Season 1 – Ode to Joy concert wrap up

“I really enJOYed the performance last night. I know this symphony very well, but this was my first experience hearing it as part of an audience. Great stuff!” – Chris M

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2012 Season 1 – Ode to Joy – Beethoven’s Ninth

For his first concert season as Musical Director and Artistic Advisor, Sadaharu Muramatsu has chosen a mountain to climb. Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No 9 (“Choral”) will feature over 100 musicians joyfully proclaiming this great ode to the human spirit. The Wesley Institute Choir joins the Orchestra with soloists to thrill you and raise the roof of the Strathfield Town Hall.

Conductor: Sadaharu Muramatsu

Soprano: Kerry Nicholson
Mezzo-Soprano: Silvia Colloca
Tenor: Kent Maddock
Baritone: Ian Fisher

The Wesley Institute Choir

Saturday 24th March, 7pm

Sunday 25th March, 2.30pm (free for Seniors and Carers)

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Strathfield Town Hall, cnr Redmyre and Homebush Rds, Strathfield  (enter from Redmyre Road).

Adults: $25
Children: $15
Concession and Student : $20
Seniors: $20 Saturday, Free on Sunday
Family: $60 (max 4 tickets)