The Darwin Symphony Orchestra promises to reveal all during their SkyCity performance this month.
Do you know your harp from your oboe? What about a viola or a French horn? The inner workings of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra will all be revealed at the orchestra’s September concert allowing Darwin audiences to get up close and personal with the DSO.
Around the Orchestra in 80 Ways will be held this month on the SkyCity Darwin lawns and Artistic Director Leif Sundstrup says that concert goers will be treated to a tour around the orchestra and its players, some great music as well as a healthy dose of audience participation.
“It’s no time to be timid,” says Sundstrup. “We’ll focus on listening and the enjoyment of music as entertainment for everybody. There will be anecdotes on playing, instruments and the DSO members...fascinating!”
The night’s repertoire includes Benjamin Britten’s Guide to the Orchestra, a Spanish harp extravaganza, Baroque Flamenco, the rousing Light Cavalry Overture and other interesting and engaging works for the orchestra and its sections.
The concert is part of the DSO’s plan to de-mystify the orchestra to its audience and to promote classical music for everybody, not just the elite.
“There is a worldwide fear concerning classical music as much of the public believe you have to have a prior knowledge of and elite taste,” says Sundstrup. “Classical music is no different than the Beatles, Elvis, Pavarotti or Pink Floyd. It’s great music that moves people.”
Around the Orchestra in 80 Ways will be hosted by Sundstrup and he promises lots of laughs and a few surprises.
“I am excited about sharing a great classical music experience in a relaxed and fun environment,” he says. “Meet the instruments, meet the people, meet the music”.
WHEN: Sat 15 Sep | 6.30pm
WHERE: SkyCity lawns, Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens
COST: $30 | Children 5 to 11 years $15 | 4 years and under Free