Friday, February 18, 2011

Darwin Symphony Orchestra launches into 2011

The great masters, Australian composers and pop rock are just some of the treats Darwin Symphony Orchestra will be offering in its push to entice the broader community to sample its musical delicacies in 2011.

DSO Chief Conductor, Dr Leif Sundstrup says that the 2011 program promises to deliver a vibrant and engaging program which will resonate with audiences across the Territory.

“We would love all Territorians to be part of the DSO experience. Be it the ‘classics’ of orchestral repertoire, creative collaborations between the orchestra and local artists or our first ever pop rock concert. We will open the wonders of our musical mastery to the broader Territory community,” said Dr Sundstrup.

DSO Chairman, Kevin Davis AM said he is equally excited about the DSO season.

“It is wonderful to see the DSO performing another free outdoor concert in the Amphitheatre. In 2006, the DSO performed with the Australian Ballet to over 9,000 people.”

“The orchestra will also tour to Alice Springs in September, stage a number of fun and affordable family concerts and the much loved Masters Series of classical works,” Mr Davis said.

The DSO is comprised of more than 60 volunteer players, a professional concertmaster and other principal players. The pro-am community orchestra is recognised for taking its music to isolated communities in the Territory which rarely have the opportunity to experience a live symphony orchestra as well regular concert appearances in Darwin.

“This year’s program has been developed to connect with our audiences and challenge our musicians. All Australian works have been carefully selected or commissioned with both the orchestral musicians and community audiences in mind.”

“We want to nurture the relationship between local and remote audiences and Australian composers. All Master Series performances, Darwin Festival collaborations and our NT tour will include works written by Australian composers. We want to offer something for everyone,” said Dr Sundstrup.

The DSO 2011 program is available at

The Northern Territory’s iconic Darwin Symphony Orchestra will launch its 2011 program this afternoon at 5.30pm at a function hosted by the Minister for the Arts, Gerry McCarthy at Parliament House.

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