“The Modern Age”

Saturday June 15th 2024 at 7.30 pm

The Modern Age reminds us of the surge in imagination in art, science and politics during the1900s and 1930s and the vast innovations in music. Shostakovich’s first ballet The Golden Age is a satirical take on the cultural and political uproar in Europe and Soviet Union in the late 1920s, fizzing along like a Charlie … Continued

“Valley of the Moon”

Saturday September 14th 2024 at 7.30 pm

HSO celebrates its affinity with contemporary American composer, Michael Daugherty with the Australian Premiere of his 2022 work, Valley of the Moon. A work reminiscent of the majestic redwood forests of Sonoma County in California, it highlights how music amplifies our appreciation of the natural world. Holst’s Fugal Overture to his opera The Perfect Fool, … Continued

“Themes & Variations”

Saturday December 07th 2024 at 7.30 pm

Themes & Variations explores the range of interpretation and inventiveness of composers. Copland’s The Red Pony Suite is based on John Steinbeck’s beautiful story of a boy and his horse. Crussell’s works are noted for their lyricism, rich harmonies and craftsmanship. Rossini composed Introduction,Theme and Variations at the age of 18, remaining a virtuosic staple … Continued

Past concerts

“Tales of the Wonderous”

Saturday March 16th 2024 at 7.30 pm

HSO’s 2024 Concert Series opens with captivating storytelling from musical masters in Tales of the Wonderous. Rimsky-Korsakov is renowned for magical evergreen melodies, shimmering colours and heart stopping dramatic moments. The Tale of Tsar Saltan is an opera based on Pushkin’s 1831 fairy-tale poem about betrayal and two jealous sisters. Operatic star Teddy Tahu Rhodes … Continued


Saturday April 01st 2023 at 8.00pm

Gershwin’s symphonic overture and Gould’s Guaracha embody the essence of the Cuban dance. Handel’s work Largo of Love, Ombra Mai Fu exemplifies the enormous power music has to lift and move one’s spirit. As a composer of opera, Mozart has never been surpassed and there are moments in Marriage of Figaro opera that rival his … Continued

“The New World”

Saturday June 03rd 2023 at 8.00pm

One of Australia’s most celebrated composers, Carl Vine’s V (vee) refers to the Roman numeral, hence the five-minute duration of this short orchestral fanfare. Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor is one of the most frequently performed and loved piano concertos, combining both classical and folk music traditions. Only aged 25 at the time of … Continued


Saturday September 09th 2023 at 8.00pm

Glazanov’s Autumn from the ballet The Seasons is best known for its fervent and rhapsodic bacchanals; inventive, fresh, attractive and beautifully scored. Debussy’s Danse SacrĂ©e et Danse Profane was commissioned to explore the chromatic potential of the harp and remains one of the finest chamber works written. Rodrigo’s Guitar Concierto de Aranjuez (version for harp) … Continued


Saturday December 02nd 2023 at 8.00pm

Dvorak spent 1892-1895 in the United States, during which time the Cello Concerto in B minor was composed. One of his most personal works, it reflects his affection for his sister-in-law Josefina, even revising the finale to include a meditation in her memory when she died upon his return to Bohemia. Despite its popularity and … Continued


Saturday April 09th 2022 at 8.00pm

HSO opens the 2022 Concert Series with Euphoria, a kaleidoscopic program celebrating a long-awaited return to the stage. Shostakovich’s rarely performed Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Themes commemorates his visit to Kirghizstan in 1963. The Promise of Living forms the beautiful finale to the first act of Copland’s The Tender Land opera; his Hymn … Continued

5 Days 5 Nights

Saturday June 18th 2022 at 8.00pm

HSO presents a rich program of rare and captivating works in Five Days Five Nights. Elizabeth Sellars (violin) and Molly Kadarauch (cello) join HSO for the first time to perform Brahms’ sumptuous Double Concerto. Shostakovich’s music for 1961 film, Five Days, Five Nights, follows the story of soldiers at the end of World War II … Continued

Children’s Concert

Sunday July 31st 2022 at 1.30pm Sunday July 31st 2022 at 3.30pm

Peter & the Wolf by Sergei Prokofieff On Sunday, July 31 at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm at Ivanhoe Girls Performing Arts Centre Narrated by Christopher Carolane & conducted by Yuki Goh Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra’s ever-popular Children’s Concerts are back in 2022 to tell the classic story of Peter & the Wolf. Famously narrated by … Continued

Across the Stars

Saturday September 10th 2022 at 8.00pm

One of the last works written by German composer Richard Strauss was his Oboe concerto in D Major. Strauss was inspired to write this work by John de Lancie, an American serviceman who in civilian life was a professional Oboist. After World War II the American army moved into the Bararian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There … Continued


Saturday December 03rd 2022 at 8.00pm

In the final concert for 2022, Nightscapes showcases the romance of Rachmaninoff and contemporary soundscapes inspired by photography of 1950s. Rachmaninoff was considered to be one of the finest pianists of his day and one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian Classical music. His Symphonic Dance No. 1 is a work that … Continued

Russian Knights

Saturday April 06th 2019 at 8.00pm

Dance of the Knights, also known as “Montagues and Capulets” is a score from Prokofieff’s ballet Romeo & Juliet. With its strong horns, stirring bass, and energetic strings, this composition is one of his most popular works. GliĂšre’s Harp Concerto is beautifully crafted and packed full of delicious and alluring melodies. Stylistically, it is reminiscent … Continued

‘Romance & Revolution’

Saturday June 29th 2019 at 8.00pm

Gould’s Star-Spangled Overture is the opening piece of a six- movement orchestral suite called American Ballads, written for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. Hummel’s Grand Bassoon Concerto is reminiscent of concertos written by Mozart and Haydn. It adheres to classical forms, but (as indicated by the title) they are elevated to almost symphonic dimensions. Mozart’s … Continued

‘New Horizons’

Saturday September 14th 2019 at 8.00pm Sunday September 15th 2019 at 2.30pm

New Horizons reveals sounds of new worlds while drawing on colours of the past. HSO Artist in Residence, Natsuko Yoshimoto performs Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto, a work whose forms echo the Baroque era, while its themes are alive with a multitude of Stravinsky’s spectacular tricks. Michael Daugherty’s Radio City (2011) is a large-scale symphonic tribute to … Continued

‘Nights in the Gardens of Spain’

Saturday December 07th 2019 at 8.00pm

Joyeuse Marche was considered a masterpiece of high fantasy and according to Debussy, filled to overflowing with bold and colourful innovations and with the good-natured humour characteristic of Chabrier. Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain was originally a set of nocturnes that evolved into a three-movement set of exotic symphonic impressions for … Continued


Saturday March 24th 2018 at 8.00pm

KetĂšlbey’s Sanctuary of the Heart is based on an old melody used as the traditional chant for the Kol Nidrei during the Jewish liturgy. Saint-SĂ€ens’ Bacchanale is a percussion-driven, celebratory dance from Samson & Delilah, the only one of his operas still regularly performed. Haydn’s Oboe Concerto has many long phrases, requiring dexterity and stamina … Continued


Saturday June 30th 2018 at 8.00pm Sunday July 01st 2018 at 2.30pm

Leonard Bernstein continues to be one of the most widely performed composers of the twentieth century. Candide is an operetta and is in the musical tradition of Broadway theatre, yet the overture has become a staple of the symphonic orchestral repertoire. South American-born Marquez’s composition, DanzĂłn No. 2, is a distinctive urban dance from the … Continued


Saturday September 15th 2018 at 8.00pm

Huapango is a form of Mexican mariachi music with its typical sound of trumpets and string instruments. Moncayo’s Huapango is the unofficial second national anthem of Mexico and has entered into the classical symphonic repertory. Intermezzo, by Granados, one of Spain’s most important composers, creates a haunting and hypnotic melody in this orchestral interlude and … Continued

‘THE YEAR 1917’

Saturday December 08th 2018 at 8.00pm

ABC 2013 Young Performer of the Year, pianist Hoang Pham returns to HSO in another powerful program in celebration of HSO’s 40th Anniversary year. The Year 1917 concert shines light on the extraordinary artistic and political landscape of Russia from the late 19th to the 20th centuries. One of Australia’s finest concert pianists, Hoang Pham … Continued


Saturday December 09th 2017 at 8.00pm

Thomson’s music for the documentary, The River, a film which focused on the abuses of America’s waterways, culminating in the catastrophic Mississippi River flood  of 1937. Video footage of this film will be  shown as this work is performed, with kind  permission granted by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. The following two works for … Continued


Saturday September 16th 2017 at 8.00pm

  The jagged melodies, sharp percussion gestures and machine-like rhythmic patterns of Mosolov’s Iron Foundry contrast starkly with the sombre depths of emotion explored by Rachmaninoff in his second piano  concerto. This is a work that the great tenor Jose Carreras, who listened to it repeatedly during his recovery from cancer, calls “healing music”. Vaughan … Continued


Saturday July 01st 2017 at 8.00pm Sunday July 02nd 2017 at 2.30pm

Copland’s invigoratingly energetic and buoyant open-air piece, An Outdoor Overture, is in stark contrast to Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto, which intones melodies of remarkable finesse. The lush allure of this work borders on sentimentality; this may be  as close as Prokofiev ever gets to Rachmaninoff. Sculthorpe wrote Irkanda IV as a plain and straightforward expression … Continued


Saturday April 01st 2017 at 8.00pm

The ingenious combination of college drinking songs and folk tunes that Brahms weaves into the taut structure of his ‘Academic  Festival  Overture’ provides an ideal foil to Arnold’s mesmerising film score, David Copperfield, based on Charles Dickens’ immortal story. The two virtuosic works for Double Bass by Bottesini and Ramsier will astound the audience with … Continued


Saturday June 25th 2016 at 8.00pm Sunday June 26th 2016 at 2.30pm

The magnificent “Emperor” piano concerto is Beethoven’s most innovative. Heroic in spirit, the “Emperor” combines a flamboyant gesture for soloist and orchestra together, seemingly at once declamatory and improvisatory. Contrasting with this dramatic work, Michael Daugherty has written a fun and contemporary romp in Route 66, a rear-vision view of “main street America”. The sixth … Continued


Saturday March 19th 2016 at 8.00pm

Malcolm Arnold’s Inn of the Sixth Happiness Suite, devised from the 1958 film, is full of memorable themes and ingenious combinations of textures and has become one of the best known of his hundred-or-so movie scores. It provides an ideal foil to the sense of colour, mystery and surprise conveyed in Britten’s beguiling theatrical orchestral … Continued


Saturday December 03rd 2016 at 8.00pm

*World Premiere performance, marimba virtuoso Sergei Golovko and the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra perform Golovko’s own Russian Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra. This programme also celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Argentinian composer Ginastera, with the performance of his short tone poem, Overture to the Creole Faust, and also includes a wonderful selection of … Continued


Saturday December 06th 2014

Barber’s concert overture to The School for Scandal bursts with wit and youthful energy. In between cheeky tunes and bustling rhythms, lies a haunting lyrical theme so characteristic of Barber’s maturity. Copland’s “The City” was set to a short documentary film from 1939. It attempts to contrast the evils of the industrialised city with the … Continued


Saturday September 13th 2014 Sunday September 14th 2014

Dies Irae is a 13th Century latin hymn. It is one of the most famous melodies of the Gregorian chant. Based upon a reference from the Old Testament, it is a reflection upon the Last Judgement. Liszt’s Totentanz and Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango use this musical quotation to great effect in their sombre and daring … Continued


Saturday June 28th 2014 Sunday June 29th 2014

Founded in 1895, The Proms, or as they are more formally known, The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, are billed as the greatest classical music festival on earth. With well over 90 concerts every year from July to September, they take place in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Click here to read … Continued


Saturday April 05th 2014

South American born Marquez’s DanzĂłn No 2 is a distinctive urban dance from the Veracruz region of Mexico. It is rhythmic and spirited, but also nostalgic, even sad, with melodies of smouldering sensuality. The Sea Pictures are Elgar’s only vocal song cycle. This collection of five poems set to music are much loved and an … Continued


Saturday December 07th 2013

Eric Coates natural melodic gift earned him a reputation as a composer of light music and was a highly successful composer of film music. His Three Bears Phantasy was dedicated to his son as a fourth birthday present. Joaquin Rodrigo was an indefatigable champion of the music of his native Spain. Rodrigo composed the concerto … Continued


Saturday September 14th 2013 Sunday September 15th 2013

In The Music Makers, Elgar took his libretto from a poem by Arthur O’Shaunessey, whose works, in the late 19th century, were then fashionable. Elgar includes quotations from a number of his earlier works: The Enigma Variations, Sea Pictures, The Dream of Gerontius, and both symphonies, leading listeners to feel that this work is familiar, … Continued


Saturday June 29th 2013 Sunday June 30th 2013

Piazzolla’s oeuvre revolutionised the traditional and conservative tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. In Tangazo, Piazzolla’s trademark string scrapes and glissandi gives the dance an air of erotic menace. Liebermann’s Trumpet Concerto (an Australian premiere), is a masterful work of neo-romanticism that balances bravura and gorgeous … Continued


Saturday March 23rd 2013

Smetana’s programmatic masterpiece, which describes the journey of the river Vltava, is the second and best known of his six symphonic poems from the setting ‘My Country’ that constitute Smetana’s grand patriotic cycle. Sinfonia Concertante is Mozart’s crowning achievement in the field of the concerto genre. Here in an Italianate aria of heartbreaking beauty, the … Continued


Saturday December 08th 2012

Brahms chose the title ‘Tragic’ to emphasize the turbulent, tormented character of this piece, in essence a free-standing symphonic movement. Despite its name, the Tragic Overture does not follow any specific dramatic program. Brahms was not very interested in musical storytelling and was more concerned with conveying and eliciting emotional impressions. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto forms … Continued


Saturday September 15th 2012 Sunday September 16th 2012

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Saturday June 30th 2012 Sunday July 01st 2012

Mozart’s final symphony is a grand construction of epic proportions. From its heroic opening, pensive and liquid middle movements to the legendary ‘fugue’ of the finale, the Symphony is a magical display of compositional genius that transports the listener with an astounding display of driving power, mellow relaxation and a profusion of enchanting melodies. Haydn’s … Continued


Saturday March 31st 2012

Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dance No. 1 is a work that is fully representative of the composer’s late style with its curious, shifting harmonies. The work has almost Prokofiev-like grotesquerie and focuses on individual instrumental tone colours throughout. The ‘Emperor’ Concerto is Beethoven’s most innovative, and for the most part, heroic work. The ‘Emperor’ combines a flamboyant … Continued


Sunday December 04th 2011

The influence of Latin American and Spanish folk traditions on classical music of the late 19th century and beyond has been profound. Saint-SaĂ«ns and Ravel, coming from outside of the tradition, sourced from it a rich vein of musical possibilities. And to this the joyful celebration of nature that is the Rodrigo guitar Concierto, the … Continued


Saturday September 17th 2011

A richly varied program gives an opportunity to display the outstanding talent of renowned violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto, as soloist in Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. This is a work that weaves into its four movement structure such Scottish folk tunes as Tuttie Tatie, Auld Robert Morris, The Dusty Miller and I’m Down for Lack of Johnny. In … Continued


Friday July 22nd 2011

The great Czech composers Janáček and Dvoƙák are products of the Romantic musical tradition, but they represent its later flowering towards a proud nationalism. This trend, exemplified compellingly in this program, shows itself in the incorporation of folk elements into the complex, expressively nuanced, symphonic language inherited from Brahms and Wagner. The best known and … Continued


Saturday April 09th 2011

The aptness of this concert’s title is underscored by the largest, most expressively rich and varied work of the program, Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. It was originally intended to be a celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Yet, it owes more to the spirit of the “German” part of the … Continued


Saturday December 04th 2010

The contrast between the lightness and humour of Johann Strauss’ music and the devotional depth of Bach’s cantata provides an ideal foil to the centrepiece of the final concert of the series, Tchaikovsky’s mighty 5th Symphony. This is a work that is completely engrossing in a way that only the great symphonic works can be. … Continued


Saturday September 11th 2010

The rhapsodical offerings of this concert are highly representative of twentieth-century mainstream American and English music. Gershwin and Copland typify the energy and vigour of the New World, whilst Vaughan-Williams and Arnold encompass the more far-sighted cultural vision of the Old, notwithstanding Arnold’s reference to modernism and innovation. These works display a distinctiveness of national … Continued


Saturday June 26th 2010

The excitement and sense of invention that informs the orchestration of Grainger and Holst, and the youthful Romantic sweep of Wagner’s overture to his early opera, Rienzi, are certain to be enjoyed as attractive works in their own right. However the pure beauty, majesty and compositional perfection of Beethoven’s violin concerto, a work that easily … Continued


Saturday March 27th 2010

The opening concert of this series offers a wonderfully varied program encompassing a number of styles and historical periods. From Beethoven’s impressively dramatic Egmont Overture to Bizet’s lustrous Carmen Fantasy, to the archetypically American sounds of Bernstein’s West-Side Story – this concert has a distinctly theatrical tone.