Romance Is The Theme For Sydney Symphony’s 2021 Opening Season

Daniel Röhn. Image credit Andy Baker

When: Wed 10 Feb – 8.00pm/ Thu 11 Feb – 7.00pm/ Fri 12 Feb – 8.00pm/ Sat 13 Feb – 8.00pm

Where: Sydney Town Hall

What: TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto/ CONNOR D’NETTO Uncertain Planning/ DVOŘÁK Symphony No.9, From the New World

Who: SIMONE YOUNG conductor/ DANIEL RÖHN violin

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra welcomes back audiences to live performances with Romance Begins – Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the first program in its 2021 Season and a theme, which coincides with Valentine’s Day. Led by Chief Conductor Designate Simone Young, this will be the Sydney Symphony’s first presentation in a concert venue since the COVID-19 shutdown nearly a year ago. It is Maestra Young’s first performance with a live audience since October 2020. 


In a last-minute replacement, German-born and now Australian-based Daniel Röhn performs in place of Ray Chen who is unable to come to Australia. Röhn will debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Also on the programme, Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No 9 From the New World, and the world-premiere of Connor D’Netto’s Uncertain Planning. This work by the 26-year-old Queensland composer is the first to be presented as part of the Sydney Symphony’s 50 Fanfares major commissioning project. The multi-year initiative commissions and presents the world premieres of new music by 50 Australian composers across a broad range of backgrounds and compositional styles. 


An award-winner, D’Netto has been described as “the model contemporary Australian composer.” His work combines lush orchestral textures with driving rhythms and elements inspired by electronic music. He has previously been commissioned by Australian and international ensembles, and his work has been performed by artists including Australian singer-songwriter Katie Noonan.  

The programme: TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto/ CONNOR D’NETTO Uncertain Planning/ DVOŘÁK Symphony No.9, From the New World
SIMONE YOUNG conductor/ DANIEL RÖHN violin

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