Saturday, 13 August 2011

JW SSO SOH

Last night Alicia and I were at the Sydney Opera House (first time inside for me believe it or not). The Concert Hall is not only an architectural icon from the outside but I loved being in there as well. What looks in the photos like we would have needed a Hubble telescope to see anything is far from what it feels like. We were in H27 and H28 which gave us a great view of the whole hall and the orchestra etc. Lucky for us a little boy was in the seat straight in front of us which meant we could see the whole stage with no obstructions at all.


[Shot of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall interior via the SOH site]

We were there to see Shaun Micallef presenting the Sydney Symphony playing the music of John Williams. This meant we had his comic stylings before and after each piece which certainly added to the fun and energy of the evening. The 90+ orchestra was wonderful to watch, seeing that much musical talent all working together is superb. Guy Noble conducted this 2 performance set which included 17 full principles that did an awesome job of bringing these classic scores to life.

I have a greater appreciation of the music now, in just the same way as watching the special features on a DVD. Seeing the complex weaving of the instruments and musical themes is all the more impressive live, seeing as well as hearing.

They played these pieces:

ACT I
Olympic Fanfare
Theme from Lost in Space
Theme from Jaws
Highlights from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Adventures on Earth - Concert suite from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)
Theme from Schindler's List
The Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Theme from Jurassic Park
Theme from Superman

ACT II
March from 1941
Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter
Sayuri's Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha
Main Title from Star Wars
Imperial March from Star Wars
Princess Leia's Theme from Star Wars
Cantina Band Theme from Star Wars
Throne Room and End Titles from Star Wars

The little encore saw Shaun conducting (in his comical way) another rendition of Superman - super super stuff. All in all a wonderful night that will stay with me for a long long time and I hope the SSO are looking to do more similar events!

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