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Willoughby Symphony Orchestra: Villains & Valkyries

October 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

From the iconic tour-de-force Ride of the Valkyries to the chilling ghost story of The Flying Dutchman, experience Richard Wagner and his world in this breathtaking choral extravaganza.

Led by Associate Conductor Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra joins forces with Willoughby Symphony Choir in a program of Wagner’s most formidable heroes and villains.

Hear selections from Wagner’s awe-inspiring operas, including highlights from his monumental Ring cycle, Tannhäuser and much more in an unforgettable concert that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Plus, award-winning Chilean-born composer and pianist Daniel Rojas teams up with acclaimed Korean pianist Yerim Lee to premiere a passionate new work for piano four-hands and orchestra, Romanza y Danza de los Muertos.

In the spirit of El Día de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and inspired by the Wagnerian themes of this program, this swoon-worthy new work imagines the continued romance of tragically star-crossed lovers, from Romeo and Juliet to the Flying Dutchman and Senta, finally free to be expressed beyond both earthly and supernatural realms.

Pre-concert talk promo

Before you hear the music, why not come and hear some of the stories behind this weekend’s concert compositions?

The Willoughby Symphony and 2MBS Fine Music Sydney have re-introduced our popular pre-concert talks and leading 2MBS presenters will regale you with amusing and interesting tales related to the music you’re going to hear played by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

Your host for this weekend’s pre-concert talk is: Michael Field

Location: Level 1 Bar
Saturday 14 October: 6:00pm-6:45pm
Sunday 15 October: 1:00pm-1:45pm


October 14, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Concourse Concert Hall
409 Victoria Ave,
Chatswood, NSW 2067 Australia
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