Classical Blockbusters

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Classical Blockbusters

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 20 November 2021
Category Music

Riverside Theatres and The Metropolitan Orchestra present

The Metropolitan Orchestra make a triumphant post COVID lockdown return to the stage for their first ever performance at Riverside Theatres. Classical Blockbusters celebrates the resumption of live music to the stage after a long period of silence caused by the extended COVID lockdowns in Sydney.

This exciting Gala event presents an accessible mix of famous and much-loved classical works including musical highlights from major movies.

The program will include famous pieces by composer John Williams as featured in blockbuster movies Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark, Elgar’s famous Nimrod from Enigma Variations which featured in the movie Dunkirk, plus Brahms famous Hungarian Dances, Bizet’s adored Carmen Suite and selected movements from Tchaikovsky’s legendary Nutcracker Suite. The concert will also spotlight two sparkling soloist works including Sarasate’s flashy Ziguenerweisen for violin, and Mozart’s beautiful second movement from his renowned Clarinet Concerto, all backed by a full orchestra.

Bring the whole family!

The performance is presented in partnership with Riverside Theatres and supported by the Inner West Council and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

If you are unwell, please stay at home. Please review our Patron Safety & Entry Guidelines before you visit us at Riverside.

As per the NSW Public Health Order (that is place from 11 October), Riverside Theatres will require anyone aged 16 years and over to be fully vaccinated unless lawfully exempt.

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Patrons will be seated in line with NSW Public Health Order and/or Guidelines in place at the time of the performance occurs.

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Thank you for keeping our community safe.

The Metropolitan Orchestra

Under the baton of Founding Artistic Director & Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams, The Metropolitan Orchestra is recognised as one of Australia’s most versatile orchestras, delivering consistently vibrant first-class experiences. Founded in 2009 and based in Sydney, TMO’s remarkable decade of music making boasts more than 600 concerts with a variety of events targeted at different demographics, including TMO’s highly acclaimed Met Concert series, family Cushion Concert series, free concerts, and national and international tours, as well as appearing on several album recordings and for numerous special events.

Over the past twelve years, an impressive roster of performers has appeared with TMO including internationally renowned artists José Carreras, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sumi Jo, David Helfgott, Elaine Paige, Anthony Warlow, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, James Morrison, Kate Ceberano, Marina Prior, Todd McKenny and the Grigoryan Brothers. TMO has also collaborated with other leading Australian arts organisations and institutions in concert including the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney Philharmonia, Pacific Opera and the Sydney Opera House.

In high demand as an orchestra-for-hire across Australia, TMO has received critical acclaim for their exceptional performance across numerous genres. Some performance highlights include concerts with film (most recently Jurassic Park, BBC’s Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, Planet Earth, Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy), providing mid-field entertainment at the NRL Grand Final, Opera in the Vineyards (in both NSW and South Australia) and sailing the South Pacific annually as resident orchestra aboard Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts for the past 7 years. TMO has also been engaged to tour Australia and New Zealand with eminent touring artists and bands including 2Cellos, Basement Jaxx, The Piano Guys, Hiphop act Horrorshow, Air Supply and Joy Division.

After almost a year off the stage in 2020 due to the Covid-pandemic, TMO is excited to be presenting a jam-packed 2021 season, with already sold-out Met Concerts, Chamber Concerts, Cushion Concerts and album recordings. They will also be performing for several large-scale events and tours with audiences of over 5000, including performances of Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark with film and Synthony, with headliners Miss Connie (Sneaky Sound System) and Ilan kidron (Potbelleez).

An important focus in The Metropolitan Orchestra’s mission is to support Australian artists – orchestral players, composers, conductors, soloists and young musicians. In 2016 TMO launched its inspiring Composer Development Program unearthing new Australian composers, 2017 saw the of launch TMO’s Young Artist Program and in 2018, TMO proudly opened a Conducting Mentorship, for young conductors. In 2021, TMO announced its new Composer and Artist Residence Programs and TMO Junior Camp.

TMO has commissioned, performed and recorded world premieres by a number of Australian composers including Jim Coyle, Sean O’Boyle, Mark Grandison, Daniel Rojas, Bruce Mathiske, Elena Kats-Chernin, Nigel U’Brihien, Abiko Yusaku, Adrian Hallam, Heather Shannon, Gavin Lockley, Keyna Wilkins and Gumaroy Newman. TMO has also workshopped new works by Paul Stanhope, Stuart Greenbaum, Matthew Hindson and James Humberstone.

TMO has performed for several album recordings and in 2017 released their own album ‘The Metropolitan Orchestra – Live at the ABC Centre Sydney’ featuring performances recorded by ABC Classic FM.

Sarah-Grace WilliamsSarah-Grace Williams TMO Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

Sarah-Grace Williams has been continually celebrated for her interpretation by the press: “In the hands of Williams this work became a tour de force of exceptional poise, eloquence and atmosphere” (Sydney Arts Guide)… “Williams succeeds in creating very pioneering and open soundscapes, creating an attractive new interpretative world” (Arts Hub)…”Outstanding conductor, Williams, is able to draw out the musicality in of each player and weld them into a wonderful orchestra with a great sound” (Paul Nolan).

A Churchill Fellow, Sarah-Grace Williams is the Founding Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of The Metropolitan Orchestra. Boasting an impressive conducting career, she has also conducted the Queensland, Adelaide, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Bangalow Festival Orchestra, Queensland Music Festival Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists and the ‘Synthony’ Orchestra amongst others. Additionally, Sarah-Grace is the Artistic Director of the Aspire International Youth Music Festival and has held positions as Musical Director of the Sydney Opera House Babies Proms, Stager Conductor at the Ukraine National Opera and Ballet Theatre and Conducting Fellow of the Australian Ballet.

Sarah-Grace has received constant recognition for her significant achievements including being awarded the 2017 Western Sydney University Alumni Chancellors Leadership Award (the highest honour the awards bestow), announced on the 2013 International Women’s Day Honour Roll for her outstanding achievements and contribution to the community, while also being hailed by Limelight Magazine to be amongst ‘10 of the Best Women Conductors – trailblazing talent leading the way for women conductors all over the world’.

Over the past decade, Sarah-Grace has conducted more than 500 performances and has collaborated with an impressive list of internationally renowned artists including José Carreras, Elaine Paige, Jack Liebeck, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa Gasteen, Anthony Warlow, James Morrison, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, David Helfgott and John Farnham, amongst others. In 2019 she conducted the Australian and New Zealand concert tours of Basement Jaxx and Air Supply, both with TMO. After the better part of a year being off stage due to the Covid Pandemic, Sarah-Grace is thrilled to have a very active conducting schedule for 2021. In addition to her TMO conducting commitments, she is also leading the Australian tours of ‘Synthony – A Celebration of Dance Music with Orchestra’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, amongst other events.

Listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women since 2011, Sarah-Grace received her Bachelor of Music with a First Class Honours in 1998, before continuing conducting studies in Russia. She feels privileged to have had Alexander Polishchuk (Russia) and Johannes Fritzsch (Australia) as her primary conducting mentors.

Photo of Victoria GilmovichVictoria Jacono-Gilmovich TMO Concert Master Soloist – Ziguenerweisen

Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich took up the violin when she was just six years old. Millions of notes later, the music still invokes the same wonder as an integral part of her being.

In addition to being the current concert master with The Metropolitan Orchestra, Victoria has worked with many orchestras both locally and internationally including the SBS Radio and Television Orchestra, the Young Symphonists Orchestra, the International Youth Orchestra in Spain 2001, the Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra and the Eminence Symphony Orchestra. As a concertmaster of these orchestras, she has performed in Japan, China, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain and New Zealand.

As a soloist, Victoria has performed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Orchestra, SBS Radio and Television Orchestra, Young Symphonists Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestra, PLC Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra and the Mueller International Chamber Orchestra. She has also worked closely with several Australian composers to commission and workshop new contemporary works in addition to performing and recording new music.

Victoria has won several awards and competitions including the National Youth Concerto competition, the Wenkart Foundation Scholarship, the Marcus Edwards Violin prize, the Perry Hart Memorial prize, the International String Player of the year award at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand, and the Order of Australia Association Scholarship.

A busy advocate for music and musician development, Victoria is the founder and director of the Inner West Institute of Music, an Australian Music Examinations Board examiner, a conductor at Sydney Youth Orchestras and the NSW President of the Australian String Teacher’s Association.  She has a Bachelor of Music with honours from the Australian Institute of Music as well as having recognised credentials across both violin and viola.

Victoria believes that music is a gift that should be shared generously and is passionate about using her talents as a musician to give back, performing for many charity organisations and encouraging her students to perform publicly as regularly as possible. She hopes to inspire the next generation of musicians with easily accessible opportunities for children, whilst also mentoring young teachers.

Photo of Andrew DoyleAndrew Doyle Principal Clarinet Soloist – Mozart Clarinet Concerto Mvmt 2

Andrew is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and has studied with a variety of clarinetists in Australia and around the world, most memorably in Milan and London. His undergraduate studies majored in modern clarinet performance, but as his musical tastes matured, he became interested in the exciting development of the clarinet, resulting in study of Historical Clarinets. He is currently Lecturer in Historical Clarinets at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Andrew has held long-term performing positions as Principal Clarinet of The Metropolitan Orchestra, Clarinet Section Leader of the Royal Australian Navy Band, as well as numerous casual positions playing clarinet, bass clarinet and basset horn with a variety of Australian bands and orchestras including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia.

As a soloist, Andrew has performed live on ABC Classic FM (Elena Kats-Chernin’s Ornamental Air for basset clarinet and orchestra with The Metropolitan Orchestra (TMO)), to sold-out concert halls including City Recital Angel Place (Mozart Clarinet Concerto – TMO) and ABC Sydney’s Eugene Goossens Hall (Mozart Clarinet Quintet – TMO). He also featured performing Black Dog Rhapsody for Clarinet and Band with the Royal Australian Navy Band on their Flagship Recital CD series.

As well as performing and researching, Andrew also makes historical clarinets and modern clarinet barrels. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship learn how to make Historical Clarinets, and has established a workshop in Sydney making historical clarinets from Australian timbers.


Superman March from Superman

Ziguenerweisen (Soloist: Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich)

Nimrod from Enigma Variations

Carmen Suite

 – Interval –

Excerpts from the Nutcracker Suite:
March (Danses Caractéristiques)
Danse Arabe
Valse des Fleurs

Clarinet Concerto Movement 2 (Soloist: Andrew Doyle)

Hungarian Dances no 5 & 6

Raiders Of The Lost Ark Main Theme

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