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2006 Media Releases - Corporate - The Curtain Rises on the Toy Symphony

Issued Friday, 6 October 2006


Sydney Opera House and Sydney Symphony join forces to present a truly unique visitor experience, the Toy Symphony.

Aimed at incentive, corporate and tourist groups, the Toy Symphony is a fun-filled experience participants will never forget. Beginning with a 1-hour private tour of Sydney Opera House, where a tour guide reveals the history, secrets and magic of the world’s busiest performing arts centre, the tour culminates on the world-famous Concert Hall stage.

The unsuspecting group find themselves on a stage set for a full orchestra where four Sydney Symphony musicians are rehearsing Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony. Before a 2,700 seat auditorium, with baton at the ready, the conductor instructs the group to take a seat, choose from a variety of toy instruments, such as miniature trumpets and saxophones, and ready themselves for a performance.

Dividing the group into sections, the conductor leads the group through the musical score with the melody carried by the string quartet of Sydney Symphony musicians. With no prior musical knowledge required, the group is transformed into the ‘orchestra’ for 20 minutes and experiences the thrill of performing with the Sydney Symphony on the Concert Hall stage.

Following the Toy Symphony, participants receive an official certificate authenticating their performance and have the option to enjoy food, drinks and harbour views in one of the Opera House’s entertainment venues, the perfect end to an experience which will be remembered for years to come.

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