Sydney Symphony Orchestra's musicians takeover Kings Cross carpark

Sydney Symphony Orchestra's musicians takeover Kings Cross carpark

SSO's Vanguard membership program, for Gen X and Yer’s next generation philanthropists, is celebrating its 5th year true to its vision- being experimental and sometimes risky in exploring new ways to experience classical music.

In 2012 the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) launched an initiative that would change the way people experience classical music in its home city. The vision for SSO Vanguard was to create a membership program of young philanthropists and take classical music out of the concert hall and in to diverse spaces around Sydney.

The result has now seen pop-up chamber music events held at venues including a Surry Hills dance studio, the Sydney Cricket Ground and Mortuary Station.

Five years later the SSO will be taking Vanguard back to where it all began with a chamber music soiree onMay 11in an underground carpark in the gritty inner-Sydney suburb of Kings Cross – the site of one of Vanguard’s first-ever (and still talked about!) events.

Vanguard Chair Justin Di Lollo says the venue is the perfect place to celebrate Vanguard’s 5th Birthday: “When you think of going to hear Sydney’s best classical musicians in a sophisticated cocktail environment, a Kings Cross car park isn’t exactly the first venue that comes to mind,” Di Lollo says. “But this really captures what Vanguard has been about. It’s experimental and sometimes risky, and it allows people to experience classical music in an entirely new way.”

A philanthropic program for Gen X and Yer’s, Vanguard has grown from a small collective of devotees to a vibrant membership of more than 120 of the city’s next generation of philanthropists. Through Vanguard, some members have become donors, ticket purchasers, subscribers and bequestors. All memberships support the Chair of Assistant Principal Cello Leah Lynn. Members of Vanguard are given unique opportunities to rub shoulders with the musicians and enjoy performances beyond the concert hall, with access to three events per year (with a plus one) and two opportunities to go behind-the-scenes at the Sydney Opera House to watch the SSO in rehearsal.

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