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New Frontiers (Sunday 7 July 2019, 2.30pm)

The great unknown of space has long inspired orchestral works of immense beauty and drama. Experience the wonder of these new frontiers with the NSO as we commemorate 50 years since the first moon landing.

The festivities begin with Brahms's Academic Festival Overture, which like distant stars sparkles with light and colour, spanning the orchestral spectrum. It premiered in 1880, at a time when astronomical photography was first capturing the distant nebulas of the Milky Way. Jumping forward nearly 60 years, we then bring you Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar, which transports the listener to a distant place and time, surrounded by the sounds of nature in the gardens of Aranjuez, just as the world was on the brink of war and entering a new era of technological advancements. The orchestra will be joined by Canberra-based guitarist Matt Withers for this stunning work.

This brings us to Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, inspired by "nature’s mysticism" and one of the great late-Romantic symphonies. It was written in 1915, the same year that the United States was launching its first pursuits into the skies and space with the precursor to NASA. Deeply dramatic and powerful, it ends with a rousing finale that is truly wild, magic and out of this world.

Finally, no space-themed concert would be complete without John Williams's original music from Star Wars and more. The soundtrack from Hollywood's most famous space opera remains a universal favourite for movie fans.

Print-at-home tickets are available online until 10.30am on 7 July 2019. All advertised prices are inclusive of a 50c per ticket booking fee which will be added to your order during check-out. Tickets are also available at the venue from 2pm on the day of the concert (cash only).


Please note that print-at-home tickets ordered online can be presented directly at the door. There is no need to join the queue for ticket sales.


Norwood Concert Hall
175 The Parade
Norwood, SA 5067

Contact Details

Suzanne Edwards,