Engagement Through Music – Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows Tour to China

The 2018 SSO Fellows with Artistic Director Roger Benedict
The 2018 SSO Fellows with Artistic Director Roger Benedict

This month, the 2018 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows will embark on the first international Fellows tour in the Orchestra’s Fellowship history. From 13-19 October to China, the Fellows will be guests of the Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Culture, Broadcasting, Television, Press and Publication, as part of the annual 2018 Nanjing Art Festival in Nanjing.

Led by Roger Benedict, Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship Artistic Director, the thirteen Fellows will perform two concerts featuring works from both cultures at the Nanjing Great Hall of the People. The program will include composer Miriama Young’s Time and Tide: Echoes of Sydney Harbour, which was commissioned for the SSO Fellows and which presents a sound portrait of Sydney Harbour. They will also perform a well-known Chinese folk song Jasmine Flower, rearranged for orchestral strings, alongside 10-year-old erhu soloist Yujia Ca

It is the first time the City of Sydney will work with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on a culture mission,  highlighting the opportunities for cultural exchange and continued engagement with China through the Arts.

Chosen from over 200 applications across Australia and New Zealand, the 2018 Fellows represent the brightest young classical musicians that the region has to offer. Operating for over 17 years, the internationally renowned Fellowship program provides young artists mentorship opportunities with members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra through technical and practical experience, and equips them with the tools to pursue professional careers. During the tour to Nanjing, the 2018 SSO Fellows will work with other young musicians as part of outreach workshops at the University of Nanjing, the Taicheng Study Room and the Nanjing Little Red Flower Art Troupe.


The tour concert program and itinerary:

FRANÇAIX Dixtuor/ TRAD. arr Roman Benedict Jasmine Flower/HUA Yan-Jun arr. WU Zuqiang Reflection of the Moon on Erquan/ YOUNG Time and Tide: Echoes of Sydney Harbour/ MOZART arr. Roman Benedict Grand Nonet (after K297b)

Nanjing Arts Festival, Nanjing Great Hall of the People, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
Monday 15 October, 7.30pm /Tuesday 16 October, 7.30pm

Roger Benedict conductor
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows
Yujia Cai erhu

Outreach workshops:
Wednesday 17 October
Taicheng Study Room
Nanjing University of the Arts

Thursday 18 October
Nanjing University of Science and Technology
Nanjing Little Red Flower Art Troupe

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