2017-02 One and All

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.

2017-01 Magic & Mystery

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.

2017-01 Cancer Survivorship Benefit concert

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.”

2016-04 Fantasy

This season Strathfield Symphony takes a glimpse into dreams, intellect, tenderness and obsession through the music of Sibelius, Berlioz and up and coming composer Cameron Lam.

We begin with the premiere of EWI concerto, Electric Phoenix, composed by Cameron Lam, founding Artistic Director of one of Sydney’s new music and hybrid art companies, Kammerklang.

We move onto the expression of state of mind through Sibelius’ tone poem En Saga before finally showcasing an epic for a huge orchestra, Symphonie Fantastique. A self-portrait of its composer, Hector Berlioz, it tells the story of self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman.

Following a commended 2015 season featuring Dvorak’s Symphony No.7, Britten’s Your Person’s guide to the Orchestra, and Holst’s Planets, Strathfield Symphony invites audiences to join us once again on our musical journey for 2016.

 

2016-03 Cancer Survivorship Benefit concert

Symphony Orchestra Supporting Cancer Survivors’ Fundraiser

Strathfield Symphony Orchestra to perform for Sydney Survivorship Centre

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 will be performed at Petersham Town Hall on Saturday 15 October by the renowned inner-west Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.

This special event, also showcasing the talents of the Excelsior and Sakura choirs, will raise funds for the Sydney Survivorship Centre, based at Concord Hospital.  This important organistion helps cancer survivors and their families manage treatment and side effects, as well as providing ongoing support.

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 Sydney Sakura Choir.  Bringing this all together the evening’s music will be truly enchanting.”.

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. “I’m very excited, Sada is a magnificent conductor and the quality of music and the voices of the choirs are transcending.”

“I’m especially looking forward to the last movement “Ode to Joy” which brings the orchestra and choirs together.”

As Sada Muramatsu points out, “Sadly, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. 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.”

2016-03 Beethoven 9

To quote the words of Richard Wagner, “I believe in God, Mozart and Beethoven”. This season, we pay homage to one of the greatest composers to have ever lived – Ludwig van Beethoven. Not only will Strathfield Symphony be performing the Overture from Beethoven’s Egmont, dictating the life and heroism of a 16th-Century Dutch nobleman, the Count of Egmont, but the orchestra will also be reprising Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, often considered one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon. Alongside these exceptional works we will also be performing the overture from Semiramide, written by Beethoven’s contemporary, Rossini.

2016-02 Nutcracker

Presenting our children’s concert of the year! This season Strathfield Symphony will embark on a theatrical rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, performing along side Bridget Patterson – a recipient of the prestigious Helen Myers vocal scholarship for vocal excellence and our lead performer in the Orchestra’s dramatic performance of A Midsummer Night’s dream in 2014. Children are invited to follow Clara as she embarks on a magical journey filled with mysterious creatures and magical lands.