Season Opening Gala
Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
8th February 2019 to 9th February 2019
Humanity’s place in nature is the transcendent theme of Richard Strauss's overpowering composition Thus Spake Zarathustra. A blazing sunrise begins a hero’s odyssey for ‘joy deeper than a heart’s pain’ in an opulent musical poem performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra that takes inspiration from the philosopher Nietzsche and grapples with nothing less than the meaning of life and the nature of the universe. The amazing Diana Doherty reprises her breathtaking performance of Nigel Westlake’s oboe concerto inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness. An evocative tour de force, Spirit of the Wild was composed especially for the ‘dynamic virtuosity’ of the Orchestra's Principal Oboe. Percy Grainger’s warriors storm the concert hall with unstoppable energy, as bold men and women gather to dance and celebrate. Calling for an immense orchestra, The Warriors is a fierce and exultant Australian classic, brimming with life and colour.