The Metropolitan Orchestra has announced its 2019 season, celebrating a decade on Sydney concert stages. The orchestra, founded by conductor Sarah-Grace Williams (who was recently named Artistic Co-Director of the ASPIRE Festival) in 2009, boasts an anniversary season led by classic masterworks and the world premiere of a new work by Australian composer Daniel Rojas.
The Metropolitan Orchestra’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Sarah-Grace Williams
“In April 2009, The Metropolitan Orchestra (then known as Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra) took to the stage for the first time,” Williams said. “There was an excitement in the air. Musicians and audience alike knew this was the beginning of a crucial new life force in the Sydney music scene. Even with this anticipation, none of us really knew what we were in for over the next 10 years. It has been an incredible journey and I am proud to have been at the helm for the entire ride. With more than 240 concerts, national and international tours and album recordings behind us, TMO has cemented its position as one of the most versatile, privately-run ensembles in the country.”
TMO’s 2019 mainstage season opens with A Night at the Movies at the Petersham Town Hall in March, a concert featuring orchestral music showcased in films from Raiders of the Lost Ark to 2001: A Space Odyssey and The King’s Speech. The season continues in May in Eugene Goossens Hall with pianist Clemens Leske joining Williams and the orchestra in Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, on a program alongside Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
The world premiere of Daniel Rojas’s new Piazzolla-inspired Libertango Suite, with the composer joining as soloist, follows in July, alongside Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence before the orchestra tackles Mahler’s mighty Fifth Symphony in September. The TMO rounds out the year with another Fifth Symphony, that of Sibelius, on a program with Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia and the Bruch Violin Concerto with TMO Concertmaster Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich as soloist.
The TMO’s ever-popular children’s series of Cushion Concerts continues in 2019, featuring film music in March, an animal-themed concert in July, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf in September and The Music of Christmas at the end of the year.
Special events will include the TMO cellists performing in Leicchardt Town Hall and the TMO returning as the ship-board orchestra for the Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts in November.
With ten years under her belt, Williams is already looking to the future. “We proudly deliver on our simple mission of making music accessible to all, whilst nurturing and showcasing Australian talent,” she said. “2009 – 2019 is just the first chapter.”