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Presented by Cruiseco, concerts in the Met Concert series for 2017 will be performed in either the Eugene Goossens Hall at the ABC Centre, the Sydney Congress Hall or Petersham Town Hall.

Utilising the full orchestra, this series presents inviting and exciting programs featuring leading Australian soloists and composers.

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2017 Met Concert Series - Masterworks

Met Concert 1

SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
BRAHMS Symphony #1

Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams

Soloist: Anna Da Silva Chen

8pm Saturday 4 March Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre

TMO Return with Legendary Masterworks In their first Met Concert for 2017, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) under the baton of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams will start the year with a magnificent program of genuine masterworks from Sibelius and Brahms.

TMO welcomes back young Australian virtuoso violinist Anna Da Silva Chen as soloist for Sibelius’ beautiful Violin Concerto. The only ever concerto written by Sibelius, this work is highly regarded not only for its technical difficulty, but also for its virtuosic style being both masterly and exhilarating.

“What an amazing way to start our ninth performance season with such celebrated works from both Sibelius and Brahms. We’re thrilled to again feature the passion and energy of the wonderful Anna Da Silva Chen for the Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Anna is a huge favourite with TMO sharing a wonderful chemistry and connection with both the audience and musicians. When coupled with the magnificent Brahms First Symphony, we are honoured to be able to present a truly grand program that will kick off our 2017 season in a night to remember,’ said Sarah-Grace Williams.

The second half of this evening of true masterworks features the legendarily timeless work of Brahms’ First Symphony. Almost 20 years in the making, the first Symphony is a tour de force regarded as one of the greatest symphonies ever written highlighting passionate contrasts from the explosively forceful and dramatic, through to gentle meanderings in what can only be regarded as a magnificent musical journey.

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2017 Met Concert Series - From Russia with Love

Met Concert 2

GLINKA Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture  
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto #2  
COYLE The Bright Seraphim* World Premiere
SHOSTAKOVICH           Symphony #9  

Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams

Piano: Benjamin Kopp

*Trumpet: Anthony Heinrichs

8pm Saturday 6 May Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre

The Metropolitan Orchestra’s second Met Concert for 2017 on May 6th will enjoy a distinctly Russian flavour with the bonus of two Australian soloists and a World Premiere performance.

The program will open with the rollicking overture for Ruslan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka followed by one of the greatest Piano Concertos of all time, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Number 2. The epic concerto sees the welcome return of Australian Pianist Benjamin Kopp. Benjamin has performed as soloist with the Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras and join’s TMO for the second time for this masterful performance.

“Ben performed in an all-Russian program with TMO in 2016 and quickly became an audience favourite.  His detailed interpretation and extraordinary understanding of the emotion needed for Russian work will guarantee something absolutely extraordinary.  We are so very excited to be working with this fine Australian pianist once more,’ said Sarah-Grace Williams, TMO’s Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.

The second half of the performance will begin with the world premiere performance of The Bright Seraphim from Australian Composer Jim Coyle and featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra Trumpet Anthony Heinrichs as soloist on Piccolo Trumpet.  “Being able to offer a platform for new Australian Music to be heard is fundamental to TMO’s philosophy of supporting our sensational home-grown musical talent. Having Anthony perform this World Premiere work for the first time will be a truly fantastic experience for our audience which I’m sure they’ll treasure for years to come,” said Sarah-Grace.

Finalising the program will be Shostakovich’s delightful Ninth Symphony.  Often referred to as his ‘Classical’ symphony, the work is considerably shorter in length than many of his other symphonies with a much lighter and joyous mood. An ideal upbeat way to finish this unique evening of performance.

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2017 Met Concert Series - Sumptuous Strings

Met Concert 3 darker

BARBER Adagio for Strings  
HOLST St. Paul’s Suite  
PIAZZOLLA Double Concerto arr: Duo Histoire   World Premiere
GRIEG        Holberg Suite  
MENDELSSOHN   String Symphony #10  

Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams

Soloists: Duo Histoire (Nicholas Russoniello, Saxophone & Murilo Tanouye, Guitar)

8pm Saturday 15 July Sydney Congress Hall

The Metropolitan Orchestra’s third Met Concert for 2017 on July 15th will feature some of the best known string classics in addition to the unique pairing of Saxophone and Guitar with String Orchestra in TMO’s second World Premiere for this year.

In this Sumptuous Strings performance, The Metropolitan Orchestra String Section led by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Sarah-Grace Williams will take the audience on a journey of luscious depth and emotion within the warm surrounds of the Sydney Congress Hall on a chilly Sydney winter night.

The performance will begin with Samuel Barber’s iconic and mournful Adagio for Strings followed by Gustav Holst’s famous St Paul’s Suite.  Piazzolla’s Double Concerto was originally written for Bandoneon and Guitar, but for this performance it has been excitingly re-arranged for Saxophone and Guitar in what will be a very special world premiere performance when Duo Histoire join with The Metropolitan Orchestra.

“It is wonderful to again feature some of Australia’s brightest soloists with TMO. This performance with the rare pairing of Saxophone and Guitar as arranged by Nicholas Russoniello from Duo Histoire will prove a wonderful world premiere event and our second world premiere for this year. Combining this latin inspired work with the sumptuous sounds of our string section will ensure a night of pure musical joy.  I can’t wait to share this unique musical event with our audience,” said Sarah-Grace Williams, TMO Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.  

Rounding out the program of sensational string compositions will be Edvard Grieg’s much adored Holberg Suite and Felix Mendelssohn’s single movement String Symphony Number 10, which he wrote at the tender age of only 14.  This concert of audience favourites will be TMO’s first within the warm surrounds of the Sydney Congress Hall.

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2017 Met Concert Series - Extraordinary Firsts

Met Concert 4

Extraordinary Firsts with TMO’s Largest Ever Orchestra

UBRIHIEN Mestizo Suite  World Premiere
MAHLER Symphony #1  

Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams

8pm Saturday 16 September Eugene Goossens Hall

The Metropolitan Orchestra lead by Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams will showcase one of the largest musician complements in TMO’s sparkling nine-year history when they present their Extraordinary Firsts Met Concert at Eugene Goossens Hall on September 16th. Over 90 musicians will join Conductor Williams to perform one of the most wildly ambitious projects of its time, Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony.

This masterpiece opens with one of the most spellbinding moments of musical inspiration from the 19th century and continues through a range of symphonic shocks in five magnificent movements. Considered to have irrevocably changed the genre’s history by laying down the gauntlet for a new kind of symphony that fused both the imagination and the narrative, Mahler’s creation cannot fail to stir the soul and leave one with a determined sense that the human spirit can triumph over anguish and loneliness. “We are so honoured to be presenting this outstanding work featuring our largest ever orchestra, while still performing at such an intimate venue. Mahler’s creation through each movement from its hypnotic opening through to the tumultuous final stages will keep both the audience and musicians on the edge of their seats for the entire evening. The night of mesmerising firsts will also feature an amazing world premiere and first orchestral release by an Australian conductor that we discovered in 2016. We can’t wait,” said TMO Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams.

This exhilarating evening introduces Australian composer Nigel Ubrihien, one of the shining finalists from TMO’s inaugural Composer Development Program (2016), with the world premiere performance of his Mestizo Suite. Inspired by the composers travels to Mexico City where he became fascinated by some eighteenth century “mestizo” portraits which celebrated the racial possibilities of the ethnically diverse population of New Spain, the Mestizo Suite is a contemplation of the mixed nature of contemporary Australian society.

Met Concert 4 will be presented without interval in a true journey of emotion and imagination.

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*Please note that the café will not be operating as there will be no interval for this performance.


2017 Met Concert Series - New Beginnings

Met Concert 5

SHANNON Sequence and Variation  World Premiere
RODRIGO Guitar Concerto  
BEETHOVEN Symphony #3 ‘Eroica’  

Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams

Guitar: Giuseppe Zangari

8pm Saturday 25 November Petersham Town Hall

Australian Indie Rock Artist To Feature World Premiere Composition With TMO

The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) will end the year with a series of new beginnings including a world premiere from Australian pop music icon Heather Shannon. This work will join Rodrigo’s guitar concerto featuring Australian soloist Giuseppe Zangari in his first performance with TMO and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams. Beethoven’s exhilarating third symphony, which many consider as the start of a new era in music, will close TMO’s phenomenal ninth season.

ARIA Award winner Heather Shannon has toured the world as a song writer and piano/keyboardist with Australian indie rock band The Jezebels. Graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a major in piano performance, Shannon is another composition finalist exposed in TMO’s inaugural Composer Development program from 2016. Having already scored a work for film, this piece titled Sequence and Variation will reveal Shannon’s immense talents as an exceptional orchestral composer.

Rodrigo’s best-known work established his reputation as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the twentieth century. Australian soloist Giuseppe Zangari joins TMO and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams for the first time to perform this magnificent guitar concerto. “Even though this is our last concert of the year, it feels like the start of a new and energised period in TMO’s immense and wonderful journey. In this concert we expose another sensational Australian composer in our fourth world premiere for 2017, feature another superb Australian soloist, and end with Beethoven’s triumphant and ground breaking third symphony. Met Concert 5 will be a stunning end to a huge season and mark a magnificent new beginning as we enter our tenth year in 2018,” said TMO Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams.

Beethoven’s third Symphony titled Eroica, is considered a turning point in the history of music and a significant change in Beethoven’s phenomenal career. This exhilarating and energised work will present the perfect punctuation point to end TMO’s triumphant ninth season.

  • A pop-up café will be open for pre-concert and interval for light snacks and refreshments.

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