Sydney Symphony to Offer Live Webcasts of Concerts

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The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will play to a cyberspace audience during the opening night of the 2006 season, which will be streamed live on the Internet.

The February 16 Viennese gala concert, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, is the first of ten concerts chosen for live and on-demand webcasting that will be available to BigPond Broadband subscribers in video and audio format.

The webcasts are part of a new digital partnership with Telstra BigPond, a major Australian internet service provider.

Libby Christie, managing director of the Sydney Symphony said, "We strongly believe that every Australian should have the opportunity to experience a classical music concert. This is an exciting development for the Sydney Symphony as our audiences will expand greatly beyond the confines of the concert hall to, potentially, hundreds of thousands of people to hear some of the world's finest music.

The Sydney Symphony is resident at the iconic Sydney Opera House, where it performs more than 180 concerts a year. The opening-night concert includes Schubert's Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished") and Strauss's Four Last Songs.

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