2 September 2010

Student musicians from Australia will be aiming for a tour de force when they unite with counterparts from the San Francisco Conservatory and College of Music of the University of Colorado in Boulder for two historic concerts on 22 and 26 October.

The 34 members of the Sydney Conservatorium's Chamber Orchestra, on an inaugural tour of the USA, will perform a combination of modern American music byWilliam Schuman and Norman Dello Joio and modern Australian music byRichard Mills, as well Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by English composerBenjamin Britten.

It is the first time in the 95 year history of the Sydney Conservatorium (The Con) that a collective of its musicians has been hosted by American music schools - the chamber orchestra is also performing with theJuilliard School in New York and the San Francisco Conservatory on separate legs of the tour.

"This unprecedented cultural and educational link provides a vivid illustration of the special relationship between the two nations," commented Dean and Principal of The Con,Professor Kim Walker.

"For our young Australian performers, playing alongside the College of Music's excellent musicians will be a life-changing experience. It will broaden their horizons and open all sorts of doors for them in their future careers.

"They're so thrilled to have this opportunity to play in three American cities; it will do wonders for their self-belief and confidence."

The collaborative concert featuring joint and individual performances will be guided by the batons of Maestro Gary Lewis and Maestro Imre Pallo.

The invitation to perform in the USA follows on from the Chamber Orchestra's highly successful European tour in 2009, when concerts were well received at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Conservatorio Paganini in Genoa, the Conservatoire de Lausanne, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Vienna Konservatorium.

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