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SSO Celebrates 80 Years of Regional Touring

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s commitment to regional touring stretches back almost as far as the Orchestra’s founding. This year the Orchestra celebrates an amazing 80 years of regional touring in New South Wales by returning to where it all began: Wollongong.

Following in the footsteps of the SSO musicians pictured here on the first regional tour in 1938, this May more than 50 SSO musicians will travel by bus to Nowra, Wollongong and Mittagong to perform for enthusiastic audiences of all ages. There may be fewer pipes and Homburg hats these days (and a stronger gender balance) but the SSO’s passion and commitment to sharing exceptional musical experiences with the community right across NSW remains unchanged.

This year’s tour will feature the Overture from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Beethoven’s epic Fifth Symphony for audiences.

In addition, as part of the SSO’s commitment to learning and engagement in the community, the Orchestra will perform fun, interactive schools concerts at each of the centres on the tour, with heavily subsidised tickets for students, and the facility for some schools to attend free of charge.

Photo: Tim Walsh

Here’s to another 80 years of music-making!