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NSSO 4th August 2019

IMPORTANT: This is a free concert, and patrons can attend by simply turning up on the day. However, if you wish to ensure admission and avoid having to arrive early to beat the queue, you can reserve a seat. Whilst the concert is free, there is a $5 per ticket administration charge for reserving seats. There are a limited number of seats available for reservation. Reservations must be made at least one week before the concert date.

Reserved seats will be released 5 minutes before the concert start time to any waiting patrons, so please be at the venue and take your seats at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Other seats will be available at the door on a first-come-first-served basis.


ERKEL Overture to Hunyadi Laszlo
IDRÁNYI Elegy (World premiere)
IDRÁNYI Praeludium – Homage a Bach (Australian Premiere)
KODÁLY Hary Janos Suite

Steven Hillinger,  Conductor
Shuti Huang,  Concertmaster

The NSSO is pleased to present a free recital concert featuring a wealth of amazing Hungarian music, including a never-before heard work by Tibor Idrányi (1896-1974).

Hungarian music has long been a research interest of our Conductor and Musical Director, Steven Hillinger - his family background is Hungarian, and he visits the country regularly. It was many years ago when on a visit to family friends in Hungary that Steven was given a vast trove of Idrányi scores by one of the composer's surviving relatives. About to be thrown out, the collection included manuscripts of symphonic works, string quartets, instrumental sonatas and more; much of which was unpublished and had not been performed since the composer's death.

Recognising the value of the collection, Steven brought the music back to Sydney, unsure what to do with it but determined to ensure it was valued and preserved. A research opportunity recently presented itself, and Steven finally found the excuse to properly catalogue and analyse the collection, including preparing a number of pieces for public performance.

Part of this research project is the performance of these works, and the NSSO is proud to present two of them in this recital, for which admission is free.

Partnering these pieces are two other iconic Hungarian works; the overture to Erkel's 'Hunyadi Laszlo' (1844), often considered to be the first major Hungarian opera work ever composed, and the evergreen Hary Janos suite by Kodály. Fittingly, Idrányi was for a while a pupil of Kodály.



Verbrugghen Hall
1 Conservatorium Rd, Sydney, NSW 2000

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