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BY Geoff Sirmai Watchdog | 27-Jun-2012
The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO) continues its sensational 2012 season July 21 and 22 with a programme of fantasy and whimsical desire in their latest MET Series orchestral concert.
Date: Saturday 21st July / Saturday 22nd July
Ticket: $35 / $30 concession / $15 children under 12
Buy / Ticket: www.metorchestra.com.au/tickets
Web: www.metorchestra.com.au
Call: 02 8007 7131

TMO Principal Flautist Svetlana Yaroslavskaya is joined by guest clarinettist David Rowden (Sydney Omega Ensemble) for Saint-Saëns’ brilliant Tarantella.

It is a virtuosic work filled with catchy, zesty rhythms and menacing dance music to create an amusingly creepy atmosphere to build a mood of sorcery and magic.

Then follows Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ signature composition which continues the magical musical theme for the evening. The work is scored for an expanded string orchestra divided into three parts and - for this very special TMO concert - the second orchestra will be placed far from the main orchestra - behind (and, at North Sydney, above!) the audience to physically place them inside the ebbing, surging waves of this glorious music. The music is dense with harmony, lush and vibrant, yet wonderfully varied in dynamics and character.

The wonderful musical journey reaches a brilliant pinnacle with Brahms Serenade no 1. You may not have heard this enchanting serenade before as it is rarely performed. Brahms almost called this serenade a ‘symphony’, and had he done so we’d probably hear it all the time! With this piece we have a rare Brahms work which is buoyantly fresh, inventive, spirited and touching.

With TMO chief conductor Sarah-Grace Williams holding the baton, this is a great opportunity to enjoy some thrilling music played by top-notch musicians… and at a very affordable price!

SAINT-SAËNS Tarantella
Flute: Svetlana Yaroslavskaya, Clarinet: David Rowden
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
BRAHMS Serenade no 1

When: Saturday 21st July 8pm
Where: Balmain Town Hall, Darling Street Balmain
When: Saturday 22nd July 3pm
Where: The Independent Theatre, 269 Miller Street North Sydney

Tickets: $35 / $30 concession / $15 children under 12
Bookings: www.metorchestra.com.au/tickets or call 1300 150 465
Further information: www.metorchestra.com.au / General phone inquiries: 02 80077131