National Capital Orchestra - Sorrowful Songs

Presented by: National Capital Orchestra

Join the National Capital Orchestra for an exquisite evening as a nationalistic thread ties together music from three different countries.

Czech composer Bedřich Smetana is best-known for Má Vlast (“My Homeland”) and in particular for its second movement, Vltava (popularly “The Moldau”), which opens the concert. One of Bohemia's great rivers, the Vltava, is evoked through lush romantic textures and a timeless musical language.

Moving to Australia, sumptuous scenery changes to exhilarating action in the concert world premiere of Christopher Gordon’s Ceremonial Games. Written for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, we re-ignite Australia’s sporting flame with this triumphant set of pieces, remembering the Brisbane Commonwealth Games of 2018.

Soprano Louise Page OAM will showcase Polish composer Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3, his “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”. Despite being rarely performed in Australia, this luxuriating symphony was one of the first pieces of classical music to sell over 1 million CDs, topping charts in Britain and the USA, and remains an enduring favourite for concert-goers worldwide. What better way to commemorate the centenary of the end of WWI than by experiencing one of the most tranquil symphonies ever composed, born from the laments of war.

Under the baton of Leonard Weiss, you will be uplifted by this unique one-night-only program by the National Capital Orchestra.