Vienna Philharmonic to Make Australian Debut; Sydney Opera House to Offer Free Outdoor Simulcast

Classic Arts News   Vienna Philharmonic to Make Australian Debut; Sydney Opera House to Offer Free Outdoor Simulcast
 
The Vienna Philharmonic makes its first visit to Australia this week, with Valery Gergiev conducting two programs in two performances each from Wednesday to Saturday in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House.

On Wednesday, September 27 and Friday, September 29, the orchestra performs Mozart's "Linz" Symphony (No. 36) and Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. The program on Thursday, September 28 and Saturday, September 30 features the Overture, Scherzo and Finale by Schumann, Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony and Brahms's Symphony No. 4.

All four performances are now sold out, except for a few standing room places at A$85 each. But there's still a way to enjoy Friday night's concert: the Opera House is offering a simulcast of the performance "in the style that Sydneysiders love most" (as the presenters' statement has it), "free and outdoors, under the stars, surrounded by Sydney Harbour." A large screen and speakers set out on the Opera House forecourt (below) will transmit the concert live, allowing listeners to enjoy one of the world's greatest orchestras on a (hopefully) balmy early spring evening.

Details are available at www.sydneyoperahouse.com.


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