Pianists old and new, great singers and a dollop of disco set to rock South Australia next year.

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has launched its 2015 season with an exciting mix of classics and quirky moderns alike, together with an impressive number of international guests.

South Australians can look forward to the likes of American soprano Susan Brewer, violinist Sarah Chang, conductors Vasily Petrenko and Yan Pascal Tortelier and pianists Benjamin Grosvenor and Garrick Ohlsson. “To attract performers of this quality is a real coup and testament to the quality, versatility and reputation of the ASO”, says Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello.


British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

Fans of the orchestra can expect to hear a good deal of emotive music in 2015 with pieces from late Romantic greats Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and the birthday boy Sibelius, all set to be performed as part of the Great Classics Series. Christine Brewer will sing Strauss’ Four Last Songs (the work with which she recently delighted Sydney audiences), while other promising collaborations include that of American pianist Garrick Ohlsson and the ASO’s own Chief Conductor Arvo Volmer. Ohlsson will play Brahms’ epic First Piano Concerto.

Also featuring in this series will be pianist Simon Trpčeski with leading Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko in a program named Russian Greats, which will include Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Rachmaninov’s First Symphony. More Tchaikovsky will see Arvo Volmer conducting the Fifth Symphony and the Violin Concerto with Ilya Gingolts.


Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko

Visiting from Britain will be the talented young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor for the ASO’s Master Series. Conducted by Brett Dean, Grosvenor will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 20. Meanwhile, Yan Pascal Tortelier makes a welcome returns and will be on stage alongside Louis Lortie, the great French Canadian pianist with whom he has worked many times in the past. Lortie will play the Schumann Concerto.

Other performances in this series will include Sarah Chang playing the ever-popular Bruch Violin Concerto and concerts featuring British violinist Anthony Marwood and leading violist Lawrence Power. Another promising program will see baritone Andrew Foster-Williams (a thrilling Elijah in Sydney this year) singing Mendelssohn.


American violinist Sarah Chang

The new season brings with it a Mozart at the Elder series – three programs held at the beautiful Elder Hall in The University of Adelaide. These programs are part of an initiative to take ASO performances to metropolitan venues. The program consists of performances from Howard Shelley, Natsuko Yoshimoto and Mark Goydon.

Classic Disco tunes from the heyday of New York’s Studio 54 and the heavy metal hits of Led Zeppelin will also make an appearance in the coming year with the ASO. Two lively concerts full of funk and rock will be conducted by the fabulously eccentric Guy Noble who will also be giving a salute to all that is British in a Last Night of the Proms with soprano, Greta Bradman.


Studio 54 in the heyday of disco

The ASO also have several collaborations in the next season, most notably with The State Opera of SA, The Australian Ballet and for those a bit more venturesome, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The orchestra will also be collaborating with BBC’s Doctor Who to present: Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular. A cast of more than 145 musicians, actors and singers will appear in a show presented by the fifth doctor, Peter Davison. ‘The Live Musical Invasion’, like much of the ASO’s 2015 season, is sure to be a flamboyant affair.

For further information, visit the ASO’s website.