The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2019 Season, the first developed under the joint leadership of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, David Robertson, and newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Emma Dunch.
Highlights of the 2019 Program include:
- Four conducting visionaries will each launch multi-year artistic cycles running 2019-2021, the first in the Sydney Symphony’s programming history.
- The completion of David Robertson’s acclaimed tenure as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director will be celebrated throughout 2019 and he has committed to return annually in 2020 and 2021.
- Vladimir Ashkenazy is named Conductor Laureate in 2019 — an honour never-before bestowed on any Sydney Symphony conductor — in recognition of his 50-year association with the Orchestra. He launches a three-year artistic cycle, “Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Masterworks.”
- Donald Runnicles is named the Sydney Symphony’s first ever Principal Guest Conductor and launches a three-year artistic cycle, “Donald Runnicles’ Music of Inspiration.”
- Simone Young returns annually as an esteemed Guest Conductor and launches a three-year artistic cycle, “Simone Young’s Visions of Vienna.”
- The Orchestra launches a new piano festival, “The Keys to the City”, at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre.
- The Orchestra presents the Australian premieres of two major co-commissions and debuts Wynton Marsalis’ The Jungle – Symphony No. 4, featuring New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
- By popular demand, diverse ensembles of Sydney Symphony virtuosi anchor an expanded “Cocktail Hour” chamber music series, including Sunday afternoons for the first time.
- Twice as many family events are offered in 2019 and all tickets in the concert series are reduced to AUD$ 25 to promote access to orchestral music across the generations.
- A new partnership with the State Library of New South Wales system enables free livestreams of Sydney Symphony performances into regional public libraries throughout New South Wales.
- New “Kickstart” packages provide curated introductions to orchestral music for newcomers.
The 2019 Season will be live on sydneysymphony.com from 18 July, with a priority subscription period until 28 September, 2018. Single tickets will go on sale in November 2018.