The Darwin Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2019 season, celebrating the orchestra’s 30th anniversary with a wide-ranging program spanning music from film scores to Australian rock and Mahler.

The season opens in March with DSO in Space, which will feature John Williams’ music from the iconic films Star Warsand E.T. the Extra-Terrestrialalongside Gustav Holst’s The Planets, before the orchestra pays tribute to Darwin’s military history in Overture to Peacein April.

Darwin Symphony Orchestra Jonathan Tooby and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Photo © Tim Nicol Photography

At the centre of the season is the DSO’s 30th Anniversary Gala, which will see the orchestra take on Mahler’s First Symphony, The Titan, in a program including a brand new work by WA composer Lachlan Skipworth. “It is our great privilege to be able to contribute to the ongoing vibrancy of Australian music through commissioning a work by an important Australian composer like Lachlan Skipworth”, the DSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Jonathan Tooby said. “This is a work that will be written specifically for our orchestra, designed to reflect the spirit of the Territory.”

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