Willoughby Symphony Orchestra’s Parisian Rhapsody

Willoughby City


Sunday 4th September, 7pm

Sunday 5th September, 2pm

The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage with Parisian Rhapsody. Featuring the best new Australian music talent, this thrilling symphonic concert is part of Willoughby City Council’s Emerge Festival.

The impressive lineup of the next generation of classical music stars includes up-and-coming conductor Sam Weller who has performed with Grammy Award winning artist Lorde. He is joined by clarinettist Oliver Shermacher, a grand finalist in the 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards and Composer in Residence Alice Chance.

Experience the exclusive world premiere of Échappsodie, featuring Ms Chance’s clarinet concerto performed by Oliver Shermacher. Ms Chance was a 2018 APRA Art Music Awards winner for vocal/choral composition. The former First Class Honours student from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has completed composition residences in India and the USA. For the past eight years, she has worked as a composer-in-residence with Moorambilla Voices.

2021 Willoughby Symphony Young Featured Artist Oliver Shermacher is gaining recognition as one of the country’s finest young musicians. In 2018, he won the Freedman Fellowship Award, one of the most prestigious awards awarded to Australian classical musicians. This exciting concert will also see him perform Debussy’s haunting Première Rhapsodie

Be enchanted by the voices of award-winning soprano Katherine Allen and Opera Australia baritone Simon Lobelson as they join the orchestra and choir for Fauré’s sublime Requiem.

Mr Lobelson, who is fluent in nearly four European languages, has performed in over 75 operatic roles all around the world at venues including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden and The European Opera Centre.

Ms Allen has performed with Opera Australia and the Sydney Philharmonic Choirs. The promising Pacific Opera artist was the winner of the 2019 Megan Evans OAM Encouragement Award in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Awards.

The Parisian Rhapsody concert whirls to life with Saint-Saëns’ wild and beautiful Danse Macabre, with conductor Mr Weller at the helm. Known for his flair and passion for classical music, the young conductor has performed in London, New York and the Czech Republic. Mr Weller is an Associate Conductor for the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonic Choirs.

Due to COVID-19, this concert has been rescheduled from Saturday 14 August and Sunday 15 August. Current tickets are valid for the new dates.

Purchase your tickets now by calling 1300 795 012 or visit theconcourse.com.au/parisian-rhapsody

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