2017 Cushion Concert Series - Movies, Dreams & Adventures
11am & 1.30pm Saturday 5th August
Petersham Town Hall
Music From Movies Brought To Life With The Metropolitan Orchestra
In their second family concert for 2017 titled Movies, Dreams and Adventures, The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) with Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams will bring to life some of the greatest film scores of all time alongside music designed to inspire dreams and adventures in this epic family musical event. Featuring loved music from big budget movies including Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek, Batman, ET, Star Wars and Frozen, this electrifying concert will also present two world premieres from emerging Australian Composers including a Viking French Horn soloist.
Get dressed as your favourite movie character and join Queen Elsa from Frozen, Spiderman, Jedi Knights and other movie characters amongst the 60 musicians from TMO. These two family friendly concerts with presenter are designed to inspire a love of music in children and stir the emotions in parents who have loved these movies since childhood. Kids and families are encouraged to bring cushions and rugs to each of the casual morning or early afternoon performances.
Designed by Artistic Director Sarah-Grace Williams who was previously the Artistic Director of the now defunct Sydney Opera House Babies Proms, The Metropolitan Orchestra’s Family Cushion Concert series invites young audiences and their families to get close to each instrument of the orchestra in these fun and energetic kid-friendly shows. Children and families are encouraged to bring cushions and rugs to each concert performed without interval in the morning and early afternoon where they can see, hear, engage and enjoy all the music and musicians of the orchestra.
2017 Met Concert Series - Extraordinary Firsts
Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams
8pm Saturday 16 September Eugene Goossens Hall
Gustav Mahler’s outstanding first symphony cannot fail to stir the soul and leave one with a determined sense that the human spirit can triumph over anguish and loneliness. In a work which was considered crazily ambitious for its time, this magnificent symphony changed the genre forever. Opening with one of the most spellbinding moments of symphonic inspiration from the 19th century, this performance presented without interval will be a true journey of emotion and imagination.
This exhilarating evening of extraordinary firsts will also introduce Australian composer Nigel Ubrihien, one of the brilliant finalists from TMO’s inaugural Composer Development Program (2016), with the world premiere performance of his Mestizo Suite.
2017 Cushion Concert Series - Peter and the Wolf
11am & 1pm Sat 23 Sept & Sun 24 Sept
Balmain Town Hall
After sell-out concerts in 2014 and 2015, TMO is bringing back the family favourite Peter and the Wolf once again! This entertaining concert is tailored for little minds to discover and explore the orchestra through exhilarating music that showcase each of the instruments. Join TMO for this playful, informative and interactive introduction to the orchestra that will captivate and inspire young audiences to start a musical journey of a lifetime.
2017 Special Events - Bravo!
with JOSÉ CARRERAS
October 31 – November 7
Sailing from Sydney to the South Pacific
Set sail for seven nights with TMO aboard the luxurious Radiance of the Seas as they return for the fourth year as resident orchestra of Bravo! Cruise of the Performing Arts. Cruising the South Pacific and featuring a star-studded line-up, Bravo! is the biggest gathering of artists from the world of performing arts ever assembled on water.
From world-renowned opera sensations and theatrical favourites to acclaimed classical performers, Bravo! is an all-consuming musical experience. Led by TMO Patron Guy Noble, performers appearing with TMO include José Carreras, Ray Martin, David Hobson, Marina Prior, Taryn Feibig, Emma Pask and more.
Presented by Choose Your Cruise.
NB Bravo! Cruise of the Performing Arts is an externally-produced event and ticketing is not available directly through TMO. Clicking the above link will redirect you to an external website for your ticketing options.
2017 Met Concert Series - New Beginnings
Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams
Guitar: Giuseppe Zangari
8pm Saturday 25 November Rosebank College
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 for the first time in this magnificent guitar concerto. A world premiere performance of Shannon’s Sequence and Variation exposes a second finalist from TMO’s inaugural Composer Development Program (2016) in another new beginning. Beethoven’s third Symphony is often considered a turning point in the history of music and a change in Beethoven’s career, what more fitting way to bring TMO’s ninth season to a triumphant end. This will be TMO’s first performance at the Rosebank College concert venue in Five Dock.