Archives For 2017 Season

Symphony Orchestra Supporting Cancer Survivors’

Fundraiser

The Strathfield Symphony Orchestra with soloists along with the Excelsior and Sakura choirs, will be performing excerpts from popular operas and operattas, including Carmen, Barber of Seville, Aida, Lohengrin and La Traviata.

This special event will raise funds for the Sydney Survivorship Centre located at Concord Hospital. This  important organisation helps cancer survivors and their families manage treatment and side effects, and provides ongoing support.

The concert will be performed at Petersham Town Hall on Friday 15 September.

The orchestra was established over 40 years ago. Sadaharu (Sada) Muramatsu, Music Director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, said “I really enjoy conducting this community orchestra of around 60 highly gifted musicians.  I lecture in conducting at Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), and am Choirmaster of the Sydney Sakura Choir.  This music is rarely presented in the concert hall with a full orchestra.  It will be an evening of wonderful choral and orchestral music.”

Janette Vardy, Professor of Cancer Medicine at Concord Hospital and Director of the Sydney Survivorship Centre, has been a long-term member of the orchestra. “Following our highly successful inaugural concert last year I am highly excited about this years concert. Sada is a magnificent conductor and is very gifted in bringing out the best in the orchestra combined with the beautiful voices of the choirs.”

Professor Vardy continued, “ One in two Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime”.

Sada Muramatsu said, “We support the good work being done at the Survivorship Centre and the concert is our way of showing our support for this life changing work. Now we need you the community to come and enjoy the night.”

2017-03 Tears & Laughter

September 16, 2017 — Leave a comment

Strathfield Symphony Orchestra presents a weekend of ‘Tears and Laughter’ with our first ever opera highlights concert. Performing alongside Excelsia College Choir and Sydney Sakura Choir, Strathfield Symphony Orchestra will be playing works from Rossini’s well known Barber of Sevill

 

e, and Thieving Magpie, Verdi’s La Traviata and Aida, the Hummingbird Chorus from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen, just to name a few. Please join us for one concert that you will not want to miss!

Following a commended 2016 year, featuring Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Symphonie Fantastique, and John William’s Star Wars, Strathfield Symphony invites audiences to join us once again on our musical journey for 2017. This year will showcase wonderful fairy tales, marches and waltzes, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring Alastair Duff-Forbes, an action-packed evening at the Opera, and finally a story of love, heartbreak and despair, through Tchaikovsky’s wonderful ballet, Swan Lake.

This season, Strathfield Symphony presents music for one and all with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann. The journey begins with the ‘fiancée swapping’ overture from Mozart’s opera Cosi Fan Tutte before presenting Beethoven’s violin concerto, performed with renowned Australian soloist Alistair Duff-Forbes.

During the second half, the orchestra will be performing one of the lesser-known symphonies, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.  A work considered being a Beethovenian triumph over fate, this symphony offers audience members an uplifting musical experience filled with an ever-present and inspiring motto that begins in the brass and continues throughout each movement.

This season, Strathfield Symphony takes a glimpse into magic and mystery through the music of Dukas, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Bizet and Massenet.

To quote Walt Disney, our concert season will be ‘started by a mouse.’ We begin with Dukas’ Sorcerers Apprentice, made famous through the mischievous actions of Mickey Mouse, before moving on to works by both Strauss Senior and Strauss Junior.

We progress onto the Suite from Massenet’s Opera; Le Cid, telling to story of Rodrigue and his complicated love life, before finally showcasing works from Bizet’s enticing Carmen. Our season will finish with the story of a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince, through the music of Tchaicovksy’s The Sleeping Beauty.

Following a commended 2016 year, featuring Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Symphonie Fantastique, and John William’s Star Wars, Strathfield Symphony invites audiences to join us once again on our musical journey for 2017. This year will showcase wonderful fairy tales, marches and waltzes, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto featuring Alastair Duff-Forbes, an action-packed evening at the Opera, and finally a story of love, heartbreak and despair, through Tchaikovsky’s wonderful ballet, Swan Lake.