Photos: Jamie Williams

Always a favourite night out during the SYDNEY FESTIVAL, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is heading to Parramatta Park for SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS on January 20th 2018.

It’s the perfect evening for families and friends to pack a hamper, grab a blanket, and settle back in a Sydney summer dusk to enjoy beautiful music.

This free concert is always one of the most anticipated events of the Sydney Festival and 2018 promises to be no exception. Returning to the gorgeous surrounds of Parramatta Park, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of beloved classical compositions concluding with the thrill of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Resident at the Sydney Opera House, touring frequently, performing around 150 concerts a year to a combined annual audience of more than 350,000 – the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra of world standing.

The skill and dedication of generations of musicians and planners have made the Sydney Symphony Orchestra the fine instrument it is for concerts, broadcasts and recordings, and extended its activity throughout the community.

Eugene Goossens pioneered open-air concerts, taking advantage of Sydney’s climate and physical beauty. The annual outdoor Symphony concerts now attract crowds of over 100,000. Each year the orchestra presents performances in outer metropolitan and regional centres, and children’s and education concerts.

In 2014, American conductor David Robertson, a frequent guest conductor since 2003, took up the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. He has brought to the orchestra an extensive experience both in Europe and the United States, and a gift for persuasive programming and talking about music. His projects include annual Opera in the Concert Hall productions, collaborative programs involving film, dance and other art forms, and the creation in 2016 of the Carriageworks series, featuring music of our time in a fresh, contemporary space. Under his leadership, Australian composer Brett Dean has been appointed the orchestra’s first Artist in Residence.

For more information about SYMPHONY UNDER THE STARS as part of the SYDNEY FESTIVAL 2018 visit: