Next chapters: Uplifting orchestral maneuvers
As part of Chatswood’s cultural program, spectators will be exhilarated by the rhythmic richness of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra when – for the first time – it teams up with powerful acrobats from the physical theater makers Legs On The Wall for the thrilling Next concert. Chapters Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May at the main cultural center of the CÃ´te-Nord, The Concourse, Chatswood.
This inspiring program, presented by Willoughby City Council, features three Australian composers, a brooding Russian, a world premiere, a symphony orchestra, a choir, a saxophone quartet and Australia’s leading physical theater troupe.
The breathtaking exploits of Legs On The Wall will stab audiences at the start of the concert while listening to the evocative and dancing Holy Dreaming of orchestra composer-in-residence Alice Chance and ending with the dark, acrobatic, courageous satiric. and exuberant of Dmitry Shostakovich. Symphony No. 9 – a serious tour de force for the wind section.
Upon announcing the collaboration, Artistic Director of Legs On The Wall, Joshua Thomson said;
It is exciting to bring the branches of Legs On The Wall back to the North Shore. I recently had the pleasure of discovering the incredible sounds of Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful concert hall of The Concourse, and closing my eyes the music blew me away and saw images of acrobats floating in the hall. sea ââof ââsounds.
Next Chapters also includes Elena Kats-Chernin’s very personal score with a thrilling and catchy rhythm and moving lyricism, Five Chapters, a shimmering mosaic of musical colors. It will be performed by the orchestra under the direction of Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, alongside the largest Australian saxophone ensemble Nexas Quartet.
Rounding off the Packed Concert is the world premiere of The Phoenix, a tone poem about renewal by one of Australia’s rising stars Joseph Newton, winner of the Young Composer’s Award from the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra would like to thank benefactor Mark Wakeley for his generous support of the Steven Alward Memorial Prize.
Location: Concert Hall, The Lobby, Chatswood
Date and hour: Saturday May 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday May 23 at 2 p.m.
Prices: Adults $ 59; Concession / Seniors / Students $ 54; Junior / Child under 18 $ 29; Groups (10+) $ 54
Photo credit: Robert Catto