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David Robertson plays electric guitar at Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vanguard

BY Bridget Cormack | 28-Aug-2014
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson wowed guests last night when he played an electric guitar with an ensemble from the orchestra at an event co-presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vanguard and Carriageworks Friends. @sydsymph

Robertson, who has been learning guitar, joined 12 musicians from the SSO with his Fender Stratocaster in a rendition of Terry Riley's In C before about 300 guests at Carriageworks in Sydney.

It was the first time the Chief Conductor had played an instrument with musicians from the SSO in a public performance.

"In C is a piece where everybody is making the interlocking parts fit in a very free pattern," Robertson said. "At first I was very nervous but then the way the musicians were playing was so enjoyable that I relaxed in to it and that was really fun."

Vanguard is a networking collective for Gen X & Y professionals who want to be part of Sydney's artistic community and help create a vibrant future for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

A one-year Vanguard membership – which costs $42 a month – includes invitations to three one-off events, such as the one last night at Carriageworks, two backstage passes to attend SSO rehearsals at the Sydney Opera House and a VIP ticket concierge service.