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Experience the famed Willoughby Symphony Orchestra perform Dedications in the beautiful Concert Hall at Chatswood’s Concourse – the perfect Mothers’ Day gift!

Everyone is truly cherishing experiencing live performance again – and there’s no greater local live performance experience than our own Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Music fans, young and old alike, can celebrate musical dedications with Associate Conductor Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith this May at the stunning Concert Hall at the Concourse in Chatswood.

Hear beloved Concertmaster Maria Lindsay perform Alla Pavlova’s lush Monolog – written as a tribute to Pavlova’s violinist father – alongside a dazzling performance of Australian jazz legend Tommy Tycho’s Violin Concerto, dedicated to Lindsay herself.  This exciting concert opens with Béla Bartok’s passionate Romanian Folk Dances and comes to a riveting close with Antonín Dvořák’s epic Hero’s Song.  

“Many composers dedicate their work to someone dear to them, and in Dedications we have the very special opportunity to hear the dedicatee, Maria Lindsay, perform the music she inspired Maestro Tommy Tycho to write,” says Dr Penicka-Smith (pictured above).

“We’ve paired his deliciously passionate violin concerto with Alla Pavlova’s haunting Monolog, which Alla wrote for her father. Dedications is also your rare chance to hear Dvořak’s Hero’s Song, the last major symphonic work this Czech composer wrote. And of course, we have the world premiere of the Young Composer Award for 2023, a new piece written especially for the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir. I’m very excited to reveal what music the Willoughby Symphony has inspired!”

The Young Composer Award is an annual national competition providing young Australian composers the rare opportunity to compose for a full orchestra then have their new work performed, and recorded live, by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

The Young Composer Award 2023 recipient is Klearhos Murphy (pictured below) whose new work will be performed by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir.

When Klearhos was told of his award he said “To be given the opportunity to write original music, and have it performed by such an accomplished orchestra and choir, is truly the opportunity of a lifetime. Willoughby Symphony has consistently been a beacon for young Australian composers through their generous award program, and I am forever grateful and uncontrollably excited to work with them and to have my music premiered by them.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience exquisite music from our renowned Willoughby Symphony Orchestra – you can purchase tickets via the link below, and don’t forget to grab one for mum!

Willoughby Symphony Orchestra Presents Dedications


Béla Bartók – Romanian Folk Dances BB 76

Alla Pavlova – Monolog

Dr Tommy Tycho – Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra

Klearhos Murphy – Prayer for Makronissos

Antonín Dvořák – A Hero’s Song Op. 111


VENUE: The Concourse, Concert Hall, 409 Victoria Ave Chatswood

WHEN: Saturday 20 May 7pm & Sunday 21 May 2pm

TICKETS: Adult $57; Conc $52; Youth $26.00 Child $15.30; Family $128.00

BOOKINGS: 02 8075 8111 or concourse_boxoffice@century.com.au 


Willoughby Symphony is proudly managed by Willoughby City Council