Continuing a rich and enduring partnership, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has commissioned Bennelong Caprices from Ross Edwards, to be performed together with his Oboe Concerto Bird Spirit Dreaming, on the occasion of Edwards’ 80th Birthday.
Bennelong Caprices draws inspiration from Australia’s natural life and landscape to present a unique vision of place. To be presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Simone Young, the celebratory premiere will take place on August 11 and 12 at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
The Oboe Concerto, Bird Spirit Dreaming, was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony and its Principal Oboist Diana Doherty in 2002. Inspired by her virtuosity and richly expressive playing, it is a dynamic work in three movements that tells stories of the natural world, cultures colliding, love and dance. Layering Western musical styles over bird calls and traditional Australian sounds, it provides a stunning, glowing representation of our land.
Rounding out the concert program, is a new Sydney Symphony Orchestra 50 Fanfares Commission, Arachne, by Australian composer Peggy Polias and Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No 8.