Famed German conductor Christoph von Dohnányi to make long-awaited Australian debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Published by: Caitlin Benetatos | 20-Mar-2016
One of the world's most esteemed and distinguished conductors, Christoph von Dohnányi, will make his long-awaited Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra next month. @sydsymph @sydneysymphonyorchestra #sydneysymphony
The 86-year old German maestro, known for his pioneering work with the Cleveland Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra in London, will visit Australia for the very first time to conduct two programs dedicated to the late romantic German repertoire for which he is renowned.

According to SSO Director of Artistic Planning Benjamin Schwartz, these concerts present a uniquely exciting opportunity for Sydney audiences to see one of the world's greatest living conductors perform at the Sydney Opera House with Australia's flagship orchestra.

"The SSO is absolutely thrilled to welcome Christoph von Dohnányi to Sydney for his debut performances in Australia," Schwartz says. "Maestro von Dohnányi's attention to detail, unerring sense of style and pacing, and deeply informed musicianship have for decades served as virtual guarantors of inspiring concerts from the greatest orchestras around the world."

The first program "“ Romantic Memories "“ will see von Dohnányi conduct Bruckner's Fourth Symphony; an emotionally powerful work from its dawn trumpet fanfares and birdcalls to its grand, uplifting finale. The first half of the concert will feature Berg's profoundly moving Violin Concerto, performed by German violinist Carolin Widmann who von Dohnányi refers to as the "ultimate interpreter of the work".

The conductor will begin his second program with the SSO "“ Dohnanyi Conducts Brahms "“ with LutosÅ‚awski's haunting Funeral Music followed by a performance of Berg's lyrical and romantic Seven Early Songs featuring soprano Camilla Tilling. This will be followed by a performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 2, perhaps the most attractive and endearing of the composer's symphonies.


Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Wed 6 Apr, 8pm
Fri 8 Apr, 8pm
Sat 9 Apr, 8pm
BERG Violin Concerto
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 4, Romantic
Christoph von Dohnányi conductor
Carolin Widmann violin


Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Thu 14 Apr, 1.30pm
Fri 15 Apr, 8pm
Sat 16 Apr, 2pm
BERG Seven Early Songs
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
Christoph von Dohnányi conductor
Camilla Tilling soprano

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