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The Metropolitan Orchestra Strings

String Serenade

MET CONCERT #1

Program:BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances for String Orchestra

GRANDISON Cellar Door for String Orchestra *World Premiere

DVORAK Serenade for Strings
Conductor: Sarah-Grace Williams
Event Date: Sat 12 February 7 pm
Duration:Approx 70 minutes no interval
Venue: Petersham Town Hall

The exquisite strings of The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) led by Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, returns to the intimate environment of Petersham Town Hall for a mouth-watering performance which will launch an enormous year of music. The flavoursome program includes gypsy inspired folk tunes, a world premiere titled Cellar Door, plus Dvorak’s deliciously divine Serenade for Strings.

Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances are a series of six short works inspired by gypsy and folk dances and music experienced during his travels through Eastern Europe. Undoubtedly ranked amongst Bartók’s most popular compositions, these works will provide a delectable entré to this musical evening repast.

After two Covid affected years of performance, we are excited to present the world premiere of Australian composer Mark Grandison’s Cellar Door. Originally created for the Eight Cellos of The Metropolitan Orchestra back in 2016, this work for string orchestra features eight flavoursome movements designed to take the listener through a carefully curated musical tasting.

The evening will come to a succulent pinnacle with what is arguably Antonín Dvořák’s most popular work, his Serenade for Strings in E. Composed in just two weeks during a creative spell in 1875, this work promises a rich and fulfilling digestif to complete the sumptuously fulfilling musical banquet.

Supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and The Inner West Council.