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2006 Media Releases - Events - Vienna Philharmonic in Australia

Issued Thursday, 16 February 2006

NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK SIGNS AS MAJOR SPONSOR OF SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TO JOINTLY PRESENT THE WORLD FAMOUS VIENNA PHILHARMONIC IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME

One of Australia’s iconic brands has joined with one of our international icons to bring Australians more of the best of the world.

Sydney Opera House and National Australia Bank (NAB) today announced a significant new partnership, which will bring the very best of the musical performing arts to the people of Sydney and New South Wales.

Together they are delighted to announce that for the first time ever one of the world’s finest ensembles, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic), with renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, will visit Australia to perform exclusively in the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House on 27, 28, 29, 30 September 2006. The tour by Maestro Gergiev and this prestigious orchestra has only been made possible through this new corporate relationship, and demonstrates the commitment by both NAB and Sydney Opera House in presenting excellence to Australian audiences.

Sydney Opera House Chief Executive Dr Norman Gillespie said today, “The Vienna Philharmonic is, without doubt, one of the world’s great orchestras with direct links to many of the renowned conductors and composers of the past 150 years. I am thrilled that Sydney Opera House will be hosting the Vienna Philharmonic in September for their first ever visit to Australia. It is fitting that a world icon in orchestral terms will be performing in our iconic performing arts centre. “

“I am also delighted to welcome NAB as Major Sponsor of Sydney Opera House and Presenting Partner of the wonderful Vienna Philharmonic. This partnership will give audiences the unique opportunity to experience this great orchestra and further demonstrates NAB’s broad and deep commitment to the performing arts.”

George Frazis, Executive General Manager, Business and Private Banking for NAB added, “Our major partnership with the Sydney Opera House reinforces our commitment to Sydney, NSW and the performing arts in Australia. We have been here for some 150 years and are a major part of this community.”

“One of our roles is to bring the best of the world to our customers, be it the Vienna Philharmonic or our banking products and services. We are continuously transforming the latter to better help our customers. This sponsorship will also provide local exclusive opportunities for our customers and staff, not just through the Vienna Philharmonic series, but through the more than 2,400 events held at our world famous Sydney Opera House each year.”

The Vienna Philharmonic and Maestro Valery Gergiev

The Vienna Philharmonic can trace its origins back to 1842 and has become Austria’s most coveted‘Cultural Export’. The orchestra has received numerous prizes, gold and platinum record-awards, national decorations and honorary membership in many cultural institutions. Only a musician engaged by the Vienna State Opera can be a member of the Philharmonic and there is no other musical ensemble more consistently and closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than this world famous orchestra.

The Philharmonic has attracted guest conductors such as Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Leonard Bernstein and even Australia’s own Simone Young – one of only three woman conductors in its 164 year history.

Regarded as “the world’s most charismatic conductor” and one of the finest musicians of the late 20th century, Valery Gergiev has had an incredible career. Born in Moscow in 1953, at the age of 35 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Kirov Opera Company and from 1996 has been Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, home of the Kirov Opera and Ballet. Gergiev also works with such renowned ensembles as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), L´Orchestre National de France, Swedish Radio Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Minnesota, Montreal and Birmingham. He has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic since 1995 and of the Metropolitan Opera since 1997. From early 2007 Gergiev will be Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra succeeding Sir Colin Davis.

2006 marks a year of musical anniversaries and, with two distinct programs over four nights, the Vienna Philharmonic will celebrate these milestones in the most spectacular fashion. The first program features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 (Gergiev has recorded Symphonies No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 with the Vienna Philharmonic) plus, to mark the birth of Mozart 250 years ago, the Vienna Philharmonic will play his Symphony No. 36, Linz, KV425. The second program features Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 celebrating the centenary of his birth, whilst 2006 also marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Schumann and features his Manfred Overture along with Brahms’ magnificent Symphony No. 4.

In Vienna, potential subscribers to concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic have to be content to wait for up to 13 years. Demand for tickets to these once in a lifetime Sydney concerts is expected to be unprecedented – book early.

Tour Details:On Sale Monday 1 May
Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Program A: Wednesday 27 September 2006 at 8pm
Friday 29 September at 8pm
Mozart Symphony No 36, KV425
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Program B: Thursday 28 September at 8pm
Saturday 30 September at 8pm
Schumann Manfred Overture
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9
Brahms Symphony No. 4
Prices: Premium Reserve $295
A Reserve $185
A Reserve Concession $175
B Reserve $145
B Reserve Concession $135
C Reserve $105
C Reserve Concession $95
D Reserve (organ gallery) $95
D Reserve Concession $85
All prices inclusive of GST & Booking Fees
Transaction fees may apply.

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