As the Sydney Symphony prepares for its European tour this month, including performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Vladimir Ashkenazy has unveiled one of the orchestra’s most ambitious seasons to date.
The maestro has dipped into his ”little black book” of contacts and persuaded some of the world’s virtuoso talents to perform exclusively for its 2011 season, which will be Ashkenazy’s third year as principal conductor and artistic adviser.
Ashkenazy will return four times to Sydney to conduct a range of repertoire, notably Grieg’s complete Peer Gynt suite, with John de Lancie as narrator, and Mahler’s Ninth Symphony in May to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the great composer’s death.
One highlight for Lord of the Rings fans will be the orchestra accompanying a screening of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Guest conductors include Mark Wigglesworth, Pinchas Steinberg, Osmo Vanska and Edo de Waart, the orchestra’s former chief conductor.
Audiences can farewell the Sydney Symphony on Wednesday when it performs works by Peter Sculthorpe, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on the eve of its European tour.
We have a video of the whole production. Thank you Paula for letting us know!