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SSO Percussion Stars (Tea & Symphony)


SSO Percussion Stars (Tea & Symphony)

  • Date: Friday, 15 June 2018, 11am
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adult: $43 - $72 (booking fees may apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9250 7777

Event Details

This concert begins in West Africa with Nigel Westlake’s celebratory music inspired by the balofon: marimba-like instruments built from kalabash gourds. Before you know it, you’ll be bobbing your head and tapping your feet.
With just eight drums, large and small, German Eckhard Kopetzki evokes the hypnotic twisting of a giant serpent. Akira Nishimura creates a shimmering and ethereal sound world proving that percussion instruments can sing. Two Percy Grainger classics sit at the centre of the program, then Minoru Miki’s Marimba Spiritual is the show-stopper – a virtuoso piece for solo marimba and percussion. And the concert comes to a dramatic conclusion with Hungarian István Márta’s imaginary revolution in a toy shop. Bring together the SSO percussionists, an amazing array of instruments and a world of cultures and anything is possible!


Le Chant du Serpent
Padma in Meditation
Arrival Platform Humlet
Random Round
Marimba Spiritual
A Doll’s House Story


SSO Percussionists

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Featured non-Australian music: Kopetzki, Nishimura, Miki, Márta

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9250 7777

Featured Australian Works

Arrival platform humlet : percussion by Percy Grainger
— performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra Percussionists
Kalabash : percussion quartet (2004) by Nigel Westlake
— performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra Percussionists
Random round : flexible instrumentation (1943) by Percy Grainger
— performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra Percussionists

Featured artists

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