Old Masters, New Visions
The Norwood Symphony Orchestra starts the year exploring works that have been re-imagined to create a new soundscape. Brahms pays homage to Haydn, while Respighi delves into lute music from the 16th century. Bartok explores the Romanian countryside, transcribing folk melodies, and Rebecca Clarke’s sonata for viola and piano is transformed into a lyrical orchestral work. Featuring Tim Tran, winner of the Norwood Symphony Orchestra Prize at the 2023 Adelaide Eisteddfod.
The Norwood Symphony Orchestra will be appearing alongside a massed community chorus and some of Adelaide's top musical theatre soloists to present symphonic concert arrangements of Broadway favourites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Soundheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more.
Journey to the Stars
We take you on a whirlwind tour of the Broadway stage, with powerhouse songs from Rogers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein. Then, the emotion level rises with Dvorak’s epic seventh symphony. Experience a program full of dramatic highs and lows! Featuring vocal performances by some of Adelaide’s rising musical theatre stars.
Over the centuries, Italy has left its mark on the folks who visit its sunny shores. We explore the countryside with Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, finding infectious folk melodies and languorous love songs. Rossini sparkles with his characteristic wit and vigour, the quintessential Italian entertainer. Then, from one virtuoso to another, Rachmaninoff thrills us with his take on Paganini’s famous 24th violin Caprice. Stephen van der Hoek joins us on piano to talk with his hands like an Italian.
When Puccini died in 1924, the news reached Rome during a performance of La Boheme. The performance was immediately stopped and the shocked audience told the sad tidings. On the centenary of his passing, we pay homage to one of opera’s greats, with selections from his many masterpieces. Puccini’s lush orchestration and dramatic libretti created some of the most memorable melodies of the stage. You will struggle not to weep at the emotive arias we present!
This concert celebration features music from Puccini’s greatest operas, including La Boheme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.