Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concerts 2018

Introduced Species & The Happiness Box

29 May - 2 Nov 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents Introduced Species and The Happiness Box for Primary and Secondary school students.

 

INTRODUCED SPECIES

Conductor: Iain Grandage

Composer/Presenter: Katy Abbott

 

What happens when man-made objects enter the natural landscape? What will happen to these pristine environments? Composer Katy Abbott uses the true events of a cargo ship in 1992, spilling nearly 29,000 duck bath toys into the North Pacific Ocean, as the catalyst for her work.

Inspired by artist Matthew Quick’s body of work, Introduced Species is a three movement aural depiction of the ‘Trash Vortex’, one of the Pacific Ocean’s ‘garbage patches’. Katy Abbott brings the plastic that pollutes our oceans into the orchestra and challenges us to hear our environment.

This unique schools concert features composer Katy Abbott live on stage with conductor Iain Grandage and the SSO in an exploration of the ocean through sound and image.

 

 

Years: 3 – 10

Subject Links:

Stage 2 Music, Geography

Stage 3 Music, Geography

Stage 4 Music

Stage 5 Music

Dates and Times: Tue 29 May – Fri 1 Jun, 10.30am (Primary), 12pm (Secondary)

Duration: 55 minutes, no interval

Cost: $12 (one teacher free per 20 students, additional teachers at student price)

$120 Participation fee (includes K-8 Teacher Workshops & Digital Resources)

FOR BOOKINGS AND MORE INFORMATION CALL SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (02) 8215 4603

 

THE HAPPINESS BOX

Conductor: Iain Grandage

Narrator: Jay Laga’aia

Music: Bryony Marks

Based on the book The Happiness Box written by David Griffin and illustrated by Leslie Greener

 

The Happiness Box chosen as ‘Best in 2016’ by Radio National.

 

The Happiness Box tells the story of three best friends, a lizard, a monkey and a frog, who find a magical box and embark upon a journey through the jungle to discover the secret of happiness. In an act of inspiring optimism, this delightful tale was originally written for Changi Gaol’s child prisoners in 1942 by Australian POW David Griffin, and illustrated by fellow POW Leslie Greener, while they were interned in the camp. It has been adapted and scored for young audiences by award-winning Australian composer Bryony Marks to capture the sense of wonder, trepidation and delight of the friends’ adventure. Greener’s beautiful illustrations from the 1947 edition of book accompany the narration and music.

As well as introducing children to the sounds of the orchestra, The Happiness Box’s themes are timeless and universal: the value of kindness, resilience, industriousness, humour, courage, and most importantly, the value of friendship.

 

 

Years: K – 6

Subject Links:

Early Stage 1 Music, English

Stage 2 Music, English

Stage 3 Music, English

Dates and Times: Tue 30 Oct – Fri 2 Nov, 10.30am (K-Year 2), 12pm (Years 3-6)

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval

Cost: $12 (one teacher free per 20 students, additional teachers at student price)

$120 Participation fee (includes K-8 Teacher Workshops & Digital Resources)

FOR BOOKINGS AND MORE INFORMATION CALL SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (02) 8215 4603