Adelaide Symphony Orchestra announces the second part of its 2021 season
The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has announced the second half of its 2021 season (its 85th year), starting in July. The new season features performances from some of the orchestra’s favorites and premieres of new works. The season also features as a centerpiece the ambitious new event, the Festival of Orchestra (FOFO), which kicks off at the end of November at the Adelaide Showground.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Photo © Matt Turner.
The Festival of Orchestra presents six outdoor concerts over 10 days (November 24 to December 4), covering a wide variety of styles and genres. The festival starts with Spectacular classic, led by returning principal guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth, with a program of beloved orchestral works including Tchaikovsky Opening of 1812 (with cannon firing) and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue. The festival also includes a performance by Carl Orff Carmina Burana, with soprano Eleanor Lyons, tenor Andrew Goodwin and baritone Samuel Dundas as soloists, again under the direction of Wigglesworth.
“When ASO has the chance to work with Mark [Wigglesworth], it always ends up being a moving and memorable experience. He can attract the orchestra with the smallest of gestures and has the ability to build and shape music beautifully. There is a real freshness in his interpretations! said Cameron Hill, Associate Principal Violin of ASO.
The festival also dives into a non-classical repertoire. British dance music institution Ministry of sound joined the orchestra for Ministry of Sound: Classical, a fusion of electronic dance music and the symphony orchestra. Iconic Adelaide Rock Band Angels, who have played with ASO in the past, are coming back for Symphony of the Angels, celebrating some of Australia’s most iconic rock music with the orchestra.
Familiar Spotlight face and regular writer, conductor Guy Noble joins ASO to One night on Broadway, featuring a selection of well-known musical theater stars, with Amy Lehpamer as soloist.
“Broadway music just wears its heart on its sleeve. It’s like taking a ride on Aladdin’s magic carpet through a world of high emotion. Most shows have very small orchestras made up of keyboards, but hearing the big songs with all the power of the Adelaide Symphony – it’s a whole new world, ”Noble said.
FOFO concludes with Blue Planet II in concert, combining Sir David Attenborough’s BAFTA-winning documentary series with a live performance of Hans Zimmer’s score performed by ASO and conducted by Vanessa Scammell.
Beyond FOFO, ASO continues its symphonic series of orchestral repertoire. Famous conductor Simone Young to conduct Mozart’s Symphony No.35 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 Pathetic, as well as a new work by Australian composer Mary Finsterer. Wigglesworth joins the orchestra again to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3, with Konstatin Shamray as soloist, as well as Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Suite and Emily Howard’s Australian premiere Magnetite.
ASO also continues its morning series with Classic inspirations, with pianist Stefan Cassomenos playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14; Immortal serenade, with trombonist Colin Pritchard performing Leopold Mozart’s Trombone Concerto; and Drama and romance with violinist Elizabeth Layton.
Guy Noble will lead Love and other disasters, with extracts from Bizet Carmen, Prokofiev Romeo and Julietand Bernstein West Side Story, with soprano soloist Jessica Dean. The meditation series also continues with Light and shadow, with works by Ravel, Sibelius and Pärt.
For families, ASO will present Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Live at the Adelaide Entertainment Center, playing some of John Williams’ most iconic film scores live and in real time alongside the film. Milli, Jack and the dancing cat adapts Stephen Michael King’s children’s story with new music by Australian composer Rachel Bruerville conducted by Luke Dollman.
ASO’s concerted efforts to address the gender imbalance in classical music were featured in the June issue of Limelight, and their efforts can be seen in this new season, with works by female composers in every concert of the Symphony. Series, multiple premieres of new works by Australian female composers, as well as their She Speaks mini-festival and the Miriam Hyde Circle initiative.
The second part of ASO’s 2021 season continues the return to full-scale performance in Adelaide after the lockdown, scheduling a large series of concerts and working on accessibility.
You will find more information on ASO 2021 Part 2 here