Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Concerts 2019

29 - 31 May & 5 - 7 Nov 2019

The world class Sydney Symphony Orchestra will once again be offering school concerts at the Seymour Centre as part of their Learning & Engagement Program.

 

CHARACTERISING CREATURES

Conductor: Tianyi Lu

How does music trigger our imagination? Sound, silence and rhythm combinations create musical pictures in our minds. The animals in Saint-Saëns’ carnival were so much fun that, concerned for his reputation, he banned their publication until after his death! Henry Mancini composed the grooviest elephant of them all. Australian composer Mathew Hindson rose to the compositional challenge, conjuring the creatures that can hurt us: spiders, scorpions, ants and even rhinoceroses! This program explores the features of each composer’s style. Contrasting Saint-Saëns’ magical Carnival of the Animals with Hindson’s edgy and Dangerous Creatures, this menagerie of music investigates the instrumentation, tempo, tonality, texture and dynamics in the composer’s palette. From loud and large to small and swift, fierce or friendly, the music conjures the characteristics of creatures.

 

Years: 7 – 10

Subject Links:

Stage 4 Music

Stage 5 Music

Dates and Times:

Wed 29 – Fri 31 May 12pm

Duration: 55 minutes, no interval

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

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

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

 

ELEMENTS OF ELEPHANTS

Conductor: Tianyi Lu

Children love animals – big and small, fast and slow, quiet and loud, furry and slimy. Many composers have brought animals to life through music, especially with the diversity of sounds available through the orchestra.  This program is an exploration of the aural pictures of animals painted by the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Saint-Saëns, Mancini and Hindson. How do these composers select and combine the elements of music? How do rhythm, pitch, and texture create the intricacies of insects, such as a buzzing bee or an army of ants? What makes the music of a swan smooth and languid while a long-eared creature sounds swift and snappy. Join the Sydney Symphony to explore a menagerie of music in the Elements of Elephants.

 

Years: K – 6

Subject Links:

Early Stage 1 Music

Stage 2 Music

Stage 3 Music

Dates and Times:

Years K-2: Wed 29 May 10.30am

Years 3-6: Thu 30 – Fri 31 May 10.30am

Duration: 50 minutes, no interval

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

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

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

 

THE COMPOSER IS DEAD

Conductor: Brett Kelly

Narrator: Brendon Taylor

This tongue-in-cheek approach to the orchestra entices students into the world of orchestral music, and even to side with the different families of instruments within it! Inspector Brendon Taylor is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery in composer Nathaniel Stookey’s macabre introduction to the orchestra, with text by Lemony Snicket. Just who killed the composer? Was it the shifty string players, the sneaky clarinets, or the flutes – supposedly busy pretending to be birds? All likely stories. The Composer is Dead is a terrifically entertaining introduction to the orchestra and to the great composers who have composed for it over the centuries. Students will hear from Tchaikovsky to Beethoven and Mozart to Mendelssohn as they ponder just who is to blame in The Composer is Dead.

 

Years: K – 8

Subject Links:

Early Stage 1 Music, English

Stage 2 Music, English

Stage 3 Music, English

Stage 4 Music

Dates and Times:

Years K-2: Tue 5 Nov & Thu 7 Nov 10.30am

Years 3-6: Tue 5 Nov & Thu 7 Nov 12pm. Wed 6 Nov 10.30am

Years 7-8: Wed 6 Nov 12pm

Duration: 55 minutes, no interval

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

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

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

 

Image by Tim Walsh