Tchaikovsky 5


Wed, 17. July 2024, 20:00 h - 23:00 h
Sydney Opera House - Sydney, New South Wales
Concerts, Classic
Tchaikovsky 5


In Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, we all recognise something of ourselves, joy and sorrow, optimism and despair. Hear this incredible composer lay his soul bare on this musical canvas. Prokofiev's Violin Concerto provides the bittersweet balance to Tchaikovsky that sees the return of violinist James Ehnes. A concert of triumph and drama, a concert that will move you. Why do we adore Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony so much? Because he speaks directly to us with the orchestra as his voice. Sorrow, joy, passion, triumph, the forces of Fate - it's all there in the music. It's there in the striking dramatic gestures, fabulous melodies and irresistible waltz rhythms; it's there in the sheer intensity of emotion. Prokofiev's second violin concerto provides the bittersweet balance to Tchaikovsky's indulgence and sees the return to Sydney of Canadian violinist James Ehnes. This is music that requires perfect, understated poise from its soloist. It hides its virtuosity under a thrilling series of melodies - sometimes elegantly singing, sometimes wildly dancing, but always pure Prokofiev. And Thomas Søndergård brings a Scandinavian souvenir in the form of an uplifting overture by Wilhelm Stenhammar (imagine a Swedish Mahler, without the irony).


Sydney Opera House
2A Macquarie Street
New South Wales
Sydney Opera House


The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the facility is adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, between Sydney and Farm Coves.

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the facility formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon's 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The NSW Government, led by Premier Joseph Cahill authorised work to begin in 1958, with Utzon directing construction. The government's decision to build Utzon's design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the architect's ultimate resignation.

Though its name suggests a single venue, the project comprises multiple performance venues which together are among the busiest performing arts centres in the world — hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people. The venues produce and present a wide range of in-house productions and accommodate numerous performing arts companies, including four key resident companies: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As one of the most popular visitor attractions in Australia, more than seven million people visit the site each year, with 300,000 people participating annually in a guided tour of the facility.

Identified as one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings and one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world, the facility is managed by the Sydney Opera House Trust, under the auspices of the New South Wales Ministry of the Arts.