William Barton and Anoushka Shankar shine as stars in Sydney this week

William Barton and Anoushka Shankar shine as stars in Sydney this week
William Barton with Didgeridoo
© Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents Symphony Under the Stars: Pictures in the Sky. The event will showcase the didgeridoo magic of Wise Music composer William Barton, joined by Aunty Delmae Barton and Vèronique Serret. The stellar program is enriched by the transportative sitar playing of another Wise Music composer, Anoushka Shankar. Guest conductor Benjamin Northey will bring it home with traditional classics and a big sparkly bang.

Between Us (Selections) by Anoushka Shankar begins this star-studded occasion. This genre-defying work melds musical cultures and styles. A virtuoso composer and musician, Shankar is in Australia performing as part of the Sydney Festival.

Bushfire Requiem by William Barton and Veronique Serret encapsulates the very essence of the Australian landscape. It recognises the elements of the earth and how we must, as a humanity, look after our country and our people.

Apollo 13: Main Title by James Horner brings the heavens down to earth with the haunting score to Ron Howard’s docudrama which starred Tom Hanks and Kevin Bacon. Another extra-terrestrial work (E.T.: The Flying Theme) by John Williams will also be performed.

The concert rounds out with The Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss II and the all-time favourite concert piece Pictures at an Exhibition by Modeste Mussorgsky.


William Barton and Vèronique Serret will also grace the stage at the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay on 26 January.


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