Sydney Youth Orchestra bring us the Big West Tour

The Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) is visiting Broken Hill from today – Wednesday – and will be performing live here on Saturday as part of its 50 years of connecting through music tour.

The 10-day Big West Tour into regional NSW sees more than 70 musicians hitting the road on an outback trip which includes a four-day stop in Broken Hill and Wilcannia, from Wednesday.

The SYO began its tour this last Saturday with events in Cowra, Deniliquin, and Mildura.

While here in town, the SYO will be rehearsing – including with the Broken Hill Philharmonic Orchestra, BUI Brass Band, Broken Hill Philharmonic Choir, and Broken Hill Community Choir – to culminate in an Outback Gala Concert at the Civic Centre on Saturday, July 1 from 7.30pm.

The Concert will bring together the SYO and 75 musicians from the aforementioned choirs and orchestras to perform Jean Sibeluis’s Finlandia and will feature Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey, conducting Dvorak’s 9th Symphony.

The audience will also be treated to Ross Edwards’s Ecstatic Dance and orchestral arrangements in collaboration with local singer-songwriters Leroy Johnson and Aimee Volkovsky.

“This is the first time in 20 years that SYO has travelled to the far edges of NSW and for many locals, this may be the first time they have seen a 70-piece orchestra performance in their town,” SYO CEO, Mia Patoulios, said.

“From Meet the Orchestra concerts, singer-songwriter collaborations, cultural experiences, and world premiere performances, the tour is designed to be a true musical conversation. We encourage local communities to come and meet the musicians and support the local musicians who will be performing with the SYO.”

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