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Rhapsody in Blue

17 - 19 March 2023

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi brings Gershwin’s jazz-era masterpiece to life, while Bernstein’s music from West Side Story paints a different picture of New York.

New York Stories

Like a wailing siren, the instantly recognisable opening notes of the clarinet set the scene. We’re in New York City with the jazz era spark forever captured in Gershwin’s pioneering work, Rhapsody in Blue. Audiences were mesmerised at its premiere, and in this performance the acclaimed Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi keeps the magic alive.

“Mambo!” Brazen, strident, brassy – this is the hustling, bustling New York of Bernstein’s West Side Story. Thanks to classics, such as MamboMariaSomewhere and America, a whole new generation has fallen in love with this retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Hear the hits. Feel the tender ache of Tony and Maria’s first love once again.

PAUL BONETTI The Bright Day Clarion Calls the Quaking Earth 
50 Fanfares Commission
BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
IVES Central Park in the Dark
GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue 

Andrea Molino conductor
Simon Tedeschi piano

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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