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2000-03-23 until 0000-00-00
ChaosMusic and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Sydney, , AU Australia

In a landmark partnership, ChaosMusic and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra join forces to present the World Symphony series (formerly the Twentieth Century series). The three concert series comprising American Visions, The Complete Berio Sequenzas and Reflections on the Past, features ten of the world’s trailblazing composers including Kernis, Reich, Berio, Adès and Pärt. Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Edo de Waart conducts the first concert on Thursday 23 March at 8pm at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. The program, with a distinctly American feel, will stir the senses with works by Kernis, Schwantner, Reich and Copland.

Latin salsa and crackmobile rap meets 1950s jazz in Aaron Jay Kernis’ New Era Dance, written in 1992 in anticipation of the new millennium, in hope for a time of imperative political and social change in the US. In complete contrast, Rodney ‘O’ Overby ‘The Voice’ narrates Schwantner’s New Morning for the world which takes the writings of Martin Luther King Jr as its inspiration. A substantial work, the text implores racial justice and dreams of a future ‘of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed …’

International soloists including soprano Merlyn Quaife and trombonist Christian Lindberg who join Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal musicians in a virtuosic display of Berio’s fiercely difficult and quirky Sequenzas in the second concert in the World Symphony series on Saturday 6 May at 6.30pm in the City Recital Hall Angel Place. It’s a unique opportunity to hear Berio’s Complete Sequenzas with some of the world’s leading exponents of this work. Alice Giles, harp, is regarded by Berio himself as the foremost interpreter of his Sequenza II, and Noriko Shamida is one of only three bassoonists in the world able to play Sequenza XII.

The final concert in the World Symphony series is an eclectic mix of the new inspired by the old including works by Stravinsky and Australian Brett Dean. Hailed for her command of the most demanding contemporary scores, Marin Alsop returns to the Sydney Symphony to conduct this stunning performance at the City Recital Hall Angel Place on Thursday 9 November at 8pm.

The World Series marks a significant partnership between Australia’s leading online music store, ChaosMusic.com, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Such a partnership consolidates Sydney Symphony’s use of the internet as a communication tool, as well as enabling ChaosMusic to showcase its massive catalogue of classical and symphonic titles. It also promotes the new search engine enabling classical music lovers to search by Title, Composer, Performer, Conductor, Ensemble, and Label or Catalogue number.

To find out more about the extraordinary World Symphony Series please go to www.worldsymphony.com.au Visitors to the World Symphony website will be able to access directly and buy from ChaosMusic’s catalogue of 67,000 classical music CDs.

ChaosMusic is dedicated to supporting and promoting Australian artists and taking their music to the world, likewise bringing the music of the world back home. As such they offer a range of services that enable independent performers and composers to sell their music online. For more information on these services please go to www.chaosmusic.com/artistsignup

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