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American Harmonies

Published 21st December, 2018 in Concert or Performance
  • Location

    Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

  • Date

    28th November 2019 to 30th November 2019

  • Time

    All Day

From the crashing chords of the beginning to the glittering ecstasy of its finale, composer John Adams’ Harmonielehre has the unstoppable energy of a rocket – or of the levitating oil tanker that Adams saw in the dream that inspired the piece. Meshing churning minimalism with achingly lyrical melodies, Adams creates a powerful new kind of musical Romanticism. As the name suggests, it is a surprising lesson in the power of harmony. Hear this exhilarating symphonic dynamo seduce and astound three decades on, performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring uses wide-open harmonies and folk-like themes to evoke rural America: dignified and spare. This impressionistic music of heart-swelling nobility and vitality is the sound of America. Christopher Rouse’s forceful gestures and searing colours meet the bassoon’s idiosyncratic persona in his new concerto. Co-commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, it will be given its Australian premiere by Sydney Symphony's brilliant young Principal Bassoon, Todd-Gibson Cornish.

Published 21st December, 2018 in Concert or Performance

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