A concert in the schedule of the Sydney Symphony recently caught my eye: Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 and his Linz Symphony. What an uplifting program. In part, it reminded me of Barry Tuckwell, the world renowned horn player who was born and trained in Australia. Tuckwell was the younger brother of the recently deceased Patricia, Dowager Countess of Harewood. Herself an accomplished orchestral violinist, the lovely Patricia Tuckwell married George Harewood, the eldest first cousin of the Queen.
The delightful mostly-Mozart program will be directed by SSO co-concertmaster, Andrew Haveron. The horn soloist is the orchestra’s principal horn, Ben Jacks. The program will be performed on 12 July in the Sydney Recital Hall and repeated on 13 July in a new hall at Wyong called The Art House. This wonderfully named venue, barely two years old, has 500 seats, a generous stage and fly tower, and a handsome exterior. It was built and funded entirely by the Central Coast Council at the modest cost of $12.7m; and is now independently administered as a not-for-profit entity. That local confidence is clearly being rewarded; a busy and varied schedule of attractions includes, not only the SSO making their first appearance there, but also Opera Australia with Madame Butterfly in August. Both the orchestra and the opera are already sold out. The Art House at Wyong deserves its success, delighting audiences and expanding the reach of classical artists.
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