Full symphony returns to the Joan in time for Christmas

Penrith Symphony Orchestra will return to the Joan on Sunday, December 5.
Penrith Symphony Orchestra will return to the Joan on Sunday, December 5.

Penrith Symphony Orchestra will return to the concert hall of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Sunday, December 5, to stage its 2021 Family Christmas Concert.

Starting at 3pm, the event will mark the first time in nearly two years that the PSO has been able to perform as a full-size symphony orchestra.

The impact of COVID has meant ensembles of limited numbers and instrumentation have been the only option, or worse, cancellation of events on an ongoing basis.

The audience will be in for a treat, with feative music to mark the season of joy and giving.

A highlight will be the a performance of Bach's Brandenberg Concerto No. 5, showcasing PSO's strings alongside solo violin, flute and harpsichord, before the triumphant music of Sibelius' Finlandia.

The orchestral segment of the afternoon culminates in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, music to delight with its colour, imagination and sense of the whimsical.

Of course, no Christmas celebration would be complete without carols, so PSO will welcome to the stage special guest Lorenzo Rositano, who will lead all in a number of traditional favourites.

The Family Christmas Concert is a COVID-safe event, with artistic director Paul Terracini conducting.

Book now at the box office of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, or visit thejoan.com.au, or call 4723 7600.