The sweeping, heart-swelling work The Space Between Stars by Ella Macens is at home in this program, performed by The Sydney Youth Orchestra. It will guide the audience gently towards the dreamy, dulcet tones of the marimba as performed by the inimitable Claire Edwardes OAM in the Puts’ Marimba Concerto. Finally, this celebration of percussion continues, in the adventurous, romantic celebration of star-crossed lovers that is Bernstein’s West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.
Conducted by SYO’s 2021-2022 Conducting Fellow Leonard Weiss, this program champions the youth, energy and ambition of the incredible musicians on the stage.
Ella MACENS The Space Between Stars
Kevin PUTS Marimba Concerto
Leonard BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
Leonard Weiss, Conductor
The Sydney Youth Orchestra
Claire Edwardes OAM, soloist & SYO alumna
Internationally acclaimed percussion soloist and artistic director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes OAM has been described by the press as a ‘sorceress of percussion’. Claire won the Young Performers Award in 1999, and completed her Masters degree at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories. She is the only Australian to win three APRA Art Music Awards for Excellence by an Individual and as a soloist is constantly collaborating on new percussion music. Recent career highlights include a residency at Music on Main (Vancouver) and concertos with the Sydney Symphony and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.