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Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra Great Masters Concert

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The Great Masters unleashed
On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August, the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) is unleashing all of its energy to bring the works of three 'Great Masters' to the North Shore.
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Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra cellos (source:

With Beethoven, Dvorak and Bruckner on the programme, it promises to be a powerful demonstration of the beauty and contrasts of a full symphony orchestra, balanced in the Dvorak by the youthful touch and energy of violin soloist Emma Zhuang (winner of the NSW Secondary School Concerto Competition 2014).

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Emma Zhuang - soloist in the Dvorak violin concerto (source:

Beethoven's spirited Fidelio Overture will open the concert and set the stage for eighteen year-old Emma Zhuang's interpretation of the Dvorak Violin Concerto (before she heads to the acclaimed Julliard School to start a Bachelor of Music in September). After a pause for breath, the orchestra will re-emerge in full symphonic glory for Bruckner's popular and emotionally powerful Symphony Number 4.

The KPO was founded in 1971 to provide an opportunity for amateur players of good standard to perform major orchestral works. It has since attracted professional players, music teachers, committed amateurs and advanced students to create an orchestra with a reputation not only for high quality, varied and exciting performances, but also for community spirit and educational purpose.

This year alone, the orchestra has successfully navigated a diverse concert range of Russian Romantics, Kids Proms and the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition. There is a unique inner energy and drive to this group that is fuelled by their enthusiasm for playing and sharing great music.

The upcoming Great Masters concert is a physically and emotionally challenging programme for the players and their conductor and an indication of the commitment this orchestra has to bringing great repertoire to its audiences, even to the point of exhausting themselves completely!

Definitely a concert to try if you love the violin, the soaring might of a great brass section or the resonance and excitement of the dramatic ebbs and flows of music scored by the great symphonic masters.

Look out for the Remembrance concert on Saturday 14th November, which brings the 2015 season to a close.
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Why? Experience the powerful resonance of a full symphony orchestra
When: Sat 22nd Aug 2015 at 19.30, Sun 23rd Aug 2015 at 14.30
Phone: 1300 306 776 (tickets)
Where: Abbotsleigh Girls School, corner of Pacific Highway and Ada Avenue, Wahroonga
Cost: $30 adult ticket, $25 concessions, $15 students, family tickets also available
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