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 Wars and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial alongside Gustav Holst’s The Planets, before the orchestra pays tribute to Darwin’s military history in Overture to Peace in April.

Darwin Symphony OrchestraJonathan 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.”

The orchestra presents its annual ConocoPhillips Symphony: Aussie Rock Legends in the Darwin Botanic Gardens at the end of June, featuring the music of Cold Chisel, AC/DC, Midnight Oil and more, before capping off the year with O Fortuna! with local groups Darwin Chorale and Vox Crocs joining the orchestra in Carl Orff’s well-loved Carmina Burana. The orchestra’s final concert for the year will also see the return of a Darwin local, tenor Kang Wang. “Kang Wang spent formative years in Darwin developing his musical talent, and is now a world-renowned tenor singing in the biggest opera houses in Europe and the United States,” Tooby said. “We are thrilled to be welcoming him home for this spectacular performance.”

The DSO’s Kids’ Classics series will return with three concerts across the year: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in April, Sketch the Sounds of Space in June, and Four Seasons for Kids in October.

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