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Following Fryderyk Chopin

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Following Fryderyk Chopin

Australia's SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra follows in the great Polish composer's footsteps: from Warsaw to Kraków, Prague to Vienna and Paris, 200 years after Chopin’s birth.

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Elena Kats-Chernin’s Wild Swans Suite

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Elena Kats-Chernin’s Wild Swans Suite

SBS Youth Orchestra gives the concert première of the “Wild Swans Suite” by Uzbek-born Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.  It features footage of Uzbekistan’s astonishing Silk Road architecture from Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.

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A Russian Resurrection

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A Russian Resurrection

A musical journey through wintry landscapes to three places in Russia: remote and mysterious Valaam, sacred Zagorsk and a resurrected cathedral in Moscow. All of them now central to the revival of Faith within the former Soviet Union.

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Three Tales of Two Cities

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Three Tales of Two Cities

Austria has made a disproportionate contribution to the pantheon of classical composers.  With the help of three musical locals - two of them Australian expatriates - the SBS radio & Television Youth Orchestra explores the musical heritage of Vienna and Salzburg.

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Hungarian Rhapsodies

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Hungarian Rhapsodies

The SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra plays music of and about Hungary, exploring its connections with Romany culture.  Features young Australian violinist Claudia Zorbas who, at age 11, was the youngest student ever to be accepted into Budapest’s renowned Franz Liszt Academy.

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Inside Overture 1812

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Inside Overture 1812

Explores the events and places behind Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, with music performed by the SBS Youth Orchestra.  

The composer always thought the music too loud and showy to be of any merit, but audiences have begged to differ ever since its premiere...

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A Czech Winter’s Journey

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A Czech Winter’s Journey

Following the Moldau River into the heart of Bohemia, the SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra take us on a journey through Czech culture and landscape.  Features music by Smetana & Dvorak.

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Peter Sculthorpe’s “Sydney Singing”

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Peter Sculthorpe’s “Sydney Singing”

"The magical photography by Adam Sebire of Sydney’s visual icons is matched by thematic, orchestral, and solo sounds which do not attempt to paint the visuals in sound...  Sebire’s inspired filming of Sydney, both present and historical, provides a visual singing of Sydney.  Especially magical were the scenes of 18th and 19th century paintings superimposed on the Opera House and Circular Quay locations." 

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Harmonies of the Hemispheres

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Harmonies of the Hemispheres

When 650 young performers from a dozen countries combine for a renowned international festival, the only common language is that of music. The Japan International Youth Musicale, held every three years in Shizuoka, Japan, is gaining a reputation for bringing the most varied and exciting talent from all parts of the world.

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Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms

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Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms

Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms were written in the middle of the '60s. Blending his trademark street rhythms with a setting of Hebrew psalms from the Old Testament, Bernstein's decidedly ecumenical "Chichester Psalms" are performed here by the combined choirs of Sydney Grammar and Ascham Schools, Sydney, with the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra and treble Antony Freeman. Christopher Shepard conducts and also takes us on a short tour of Bernstein's secular and religious influences.

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Autumn Tones: A Musical Journey from Estonia to Finland

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Autumn Tones: A Musical Journey from Estonia to Finland

The 60 young musicians of the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Krel, embark on a musical journey through Estonia and Finland. One is old, the other new, but both are closely related by geography and cultural heritage. It is also a journey through the 20th century music of Estonian composer Heino Eller, Finland's great Jean Sibelius, as well as Darius Milhaud and Zoltán Kodály. The program concludes with Sibelius's stirring Finlandia, performed in the Temppeliaukio (Rock Church) in Helsinki. 

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SBS Orchestra in China: Dream of Hope

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SBS Orchestra in China: Dream of Hope

This program takes its name from the Dream of Hope project set up by the Chinese government to support homeless children. The SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra was invited to visit Beijing to perform in the Forbidden City. Highlights of the program include the Concerto for Clarinet by Weber featuring Cindy Lin on clarinet, and a popular Chinese piece entitled Good News from Beijing

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The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

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The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

An entertaining guide to the various sections of the SBS Radio and television Youth Orchestra. Filmed at Sydney Town Hall, with narration by Christopher Lawrence and conducted by Myer Fredman, the program provides an insight into the function and range of all the instruments, which make up the orchestra.  

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