Albany Sinfonia set to deliver Antonin Dvorak’s 9th Symphony at epic one-night-only orchestral extravaganza

Daniel RooneyAlbany Advertiser
The iconic Albany Sinfonia.
Camera IconThe iconic Albany Sinfonia. Credit: Supplied

Albany Sinfonia will bring Antonin Dvorak’s powerful 9th Symphony, From the New World, to the stage for a special one-off performance on Saturday.

An expanded Sinfonia featuring musicians, music teachers and young students from around the Great Southern will become one under the baton of experienced conductor Emma Luxton to perform at the Albany Free Reformed Church.

Luxton’s enthusiasm ahead of the event is electric.

“Albany Sinfonia is excited to perform this immense work for the Great Southern Community with the biggest orchestra of local players seen in years,” she said.

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Albany Sinfonia will present Antonin Dvorak’s 9th Symphony on May 11.
Camera IconAlbany Sinfonia will present Antonin Dvorak’s 9th Symphony on May 11. Credit: Supplied

“I first conducted the Albany Sinfonia in 2003 and remained as their chief conductor from 2003-2008.

“During this time, the orchestra tackled some extensive works, including Beethoven’s Symphonies Number 3 and 5, Copland’s Four Dance Episodes, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, and Dvorak’s Symphonies Number 5 and 9.

“Since then, I have returned every few years to conduct a concert as requested by the group.”

Luxton said the one-off concert would be special.

“For this concert, everyone has come together to work on this beautiful piece of music and I can’t wait to showcase it to the Great Southern community.”

The Sinfonia’s 45 performers aged 14-80 will be joined on the night by the About FACE Youth Choir led by the esteemed Sue Findlay.

AFYC will pull out all the stops to make sure the audience leaves delighted with a diverse range of choral offerings including Mark Hayes’ Alleluia performed acapella and the timpani and frame drum-driven Eatnemen Vuelie set to raise the roof.

Music lovers of all stripes will be in for a treat and a journey and tickets for the extravaganza are available via the Paperbark Merchants website and at the door.

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