There will be something for everyone this year with a broad selection of musical experiences from the Penrith Symphony Orchestra.
PSO President, John Pearce, said: “This year heralds the dawn of the orchestra’s fourth decade presenting fine music to Penrith and the Blue Mountains. We have an exciting year of music planned in a season rich with musical delights.”
The orchestra brings a premier event to the west in 2019, one of the greatest operas of all time, Bizet’s Carmen. The audience favourite will feature stars from Opera Australia and the Penrith Symphony Orchestra Festival Chorus.
The symphonic series will begin the year, with the opening concert featuring Cesar Franck’s monumental and only symphony, alongside Dvorak’s much-loved Cello Concerto.
A celebration of Nordic music will present Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite and the stark beauty of Rautavaara, crowned by Sibelius’s Violin Concerto.
Take a journey to faraway places with Dvorak’s eighth symphony and the second piano concerto of Shostakovich evoking sunshine, colour and warmth.
Audiences will be enchanted by the dreams and fairy tales of Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous The Sleeping Beauty Suite, coupled with the energy and dynamism of Prokofiev’s first piano concerto.
Audience favourites and family fun are prominent, with the annual Pops for Tots and an all-new show for children, The Maestro and the Magician.
Chief conductor and artistic director, Paul Terracini, said: “I’m very excited about PSO’s 2019 season. To be able to present a concert performance of Carmen with soloists from Opera Australia, and some of the greatest concertos in the repertoire with so many of Australia’s most talented young soloists is a rare privilege.”
Underlining the orchestra’s commitment to the future, there will be premieres of several new compositions, including the winner of the PSO young composer award, and works from Western Sydney University composition students.
The orchestra offers a range of ticketing and subscriber packages. Visit the box office of The Joan, phone 4723 7600 or online at www.thejoan.com.au.