Witches and sorcerers to spell-bind Territory audiences 

Wilfred Lehmann

One of Australia’s most versatile musicians, the internationally acclaimed violinist, conductor and composer Wilfred Lehmann OAM will lead the Darwin Symphony Orchestra’s next program titled Witches and Sorcerers later this month.

Held at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Saturday October 27 at 8pm, the concert will showcase Mr Lehmann’s talents as a conductor of international orchestras, including the Tokyo Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra.

The concert will open with the first performance of Mr Lehmann’s work Of a Darwin Vision, a reflection of his impressions of Darwin.

Mr Lehmann, who is also the DSO’s resident concertmaster, said his connection with the Northern Territory was strong.

‘My impressions of this beautiful city have continued to grow out of my admiration and respect for the unique lifestyle,’ he said. ‘The embracing nature of the music expresses my affectionate thanks to all the music lovers of Darwin.’

The second work in the concert will be Greig’s Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra Op.16 with internationally recognised pianist Gil Sullivan.

Hector Berlioz' majestic Symphonie Fantastique will complete the performance.

Witches, ghosts and sorcerers all come together in the final whirlpool of burlesque and grotesque music in the Witchs’ Sabbath.

Three guest principals, Michele Walsh, guest concertmaster; Patricia Pollett, guest Principal Viola; and John Kellaway, Principal Trumpet, also will join the orchestra for this special conclusion to the 2007 season.

Tickets are available at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on 8980 3333 and cost $38 for adults; $35 for DEC members; $30 concession and $18 for students.

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