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SSO and NZSO mark 2015 Anzac centenary with simultaneous world premieres

James Ledger

Perth composer James Ledger

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are joining forces to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings with simultaneous concerts in 2015 featuring two world premieres by Australian and New Zealand composers.

The SSO has commissioned Perth composer James Ledger to write a piece for choir and orchestra titled War Music, featuring words by Australian musician and storyteller Paul Kelly, while the NZSO has commissioned celebrated New Zealand composer Michael Williams to write a new piece Letters from the Front.

The orchestras will perform these works at virtually the same time on 22 April 2015, ahead of Anzac Day on 25 April 2015.

Funding for this special project has come from the Federal Government through its ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.