Gifted young composers

TWO performances by Penrith Symphony Orchestra, The Elixir of Youth, feature popular and new works by brilliant composers under age 26.

Soirées Musicales is one of two orchestral suites by the 20th century English composer Benjamin Britten, based on themes by Rossini.

It gives an early glimpse of Britten's masterful orchestration as well as his witty sense of humour.

George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, a popular showpiece for piano and orchestra, will be played by Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey.

Originally written for solo piano and jazz band almost 20 years before the orchestral version that is best known today, Rhapsody in Blue was controversial for its fusion of classical and jazz elements, but has become an enduring favourite of the symphonic concert repertoire.

Also on the program is the world premiere performance of Symphonic Movements by Sydney composer Andrew Howes.

One of Australia's most gifted young composers, Howes graduated last year from the Conservatorium High School, Sydney, and is studying composition at London's Royal College of Music.

Alongside these striking, youthful works, the program ends with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor, one of the pillars of the Russian Romantic orchestral literature.

The program will be conducted by Paul Terracini.

Details: Penrith's Joan Sutherland Centre, 8pm, Saturday, November 10.

Bookings: 4723 7600 or online at www.jspac.com.au.

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