New World MemoriesPlan Ahead

New World Memories

David Robertson conducts Dvorak 9
  • Sydney Opera House
    Sydney • 23 - 26 August
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    Sydney • 23 - 26 August
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About the event

The theme is travel and memory when Chief Conductor David Robertson conducts Dvořák's New World Symphony.

Mendelssohn begins the musical journey with a visit to Fingal's Cave on the Hebrides Islands. There he found instant inspiration in the desolate beauty of the strange basalt formations. (Lacking Instagram, he sent the first theme home on a postcard.) Dvořák went even further afield, taking his European musical traditions to New York City. But his New World Symphony says more about his nostalgia for his cherished Bohemia than it does about America, even if the famous Largo tune was later adopted as a 'spiritual'.

Between these two Romantic favourites, David Robertson has programmed a magnificent new American 'symphony'. Drawing inspiration from Greek myth (Mnemosyne is the personification of memory), Steve Mackey's music unfolds with 'Straussian effusiveness' and rapturous solos for the different instruments of the orchestra.