Kit Millais

Performer | Band Leader | Educator

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Australian Youth Orchestra with Andrey Gugnin

  • Concert Hall, QPAC Corner Melbourne St and Grey St, Melbourne St Brisbane City, QLD 4101 Australia (map)

Conductor Courtney Lewis
Piano Andrey Gugnin

Britten Sinfonia da requiem
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

There’s no mistaking the opening bars of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 – it has been a favourite in concert halls around the globe for over a century. The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) will join forces with the winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, Andrey Gugnin, to bring you a dazzlingly fresh performance of this beloved work, brimming with charming Russian folk melodies.

The remainder of the program is equally as magnetic. In an unusual twist, the orchestra will feature a talented young saxophonist within its woodwind section. One of Benjamin Britten’s most ominous works, Sinfonia da requiem, provides a thrilling opening to our concert, and is balanced impeccably by Rachmaninov’s driving Symphonic Dances – a staple piece amongst traditional orchestral repertoire, and quite deservedly so.

Don’t miss the country’s best young talent as they explore a melting pot of orchestral works under the masterful baton of conductor Courtney Lewis. Becoming a member of AYO’s flagship ensemble, the Australian Youth Orchestra, is an acknowledgement of excellence at a national level, and provides aspiring young musicians with a unique insight into the world of orchestral music-making.

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