AMPAG, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sydney Symphony Orchestra:2019 Season Opening Gala – Diana Doherty plays Westlake

2019 Season Opening Gala

Image Credits: Christie Brewster

February 2019

Sat 09 

08:00 PM

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Concert Hall – Sydney Opera House



Diana Doherty plays Westlake

A blazing beginning to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Season. Strauss's Thus Spake Zarathustra is an unforgettable musical odyssey.

Humanity’s place in nature is the transcendent theme of Richard Strauss's overpowering Thus Spake Zarathustra. A blazing sunrise begins a hero’s odyssey for ‘joy deeper than a heart’s pain’ in an opulent symphonic poem that takes inspiration from the philosopher Nietzsche and grapples with nothing less than the meaning of life and the nature of the universe.

The amazing Diana Doherty reprises her breathtaking performance of Nigel Westlake’s oboe concerto inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness. An evocative tour de force, Spirit of the Wild was composed especially for the ‘dynamic virtuosity’ of our Principal Oboe.

Percy Grainger’s warriors storm the hall with unstoppable energy, as bold men and women gather to dance and celebrate. Calling for an immense orchestra, The Warriors is a fierce and exultant Australian classic, brimming with life and colour.

Visit the Sydney Symphony Orchestra website for more information.