Turanga: this is the time that runs, like a galloping horse; this is time that flows, like sand in an hourglass. Turanga is movement and rhythm. Turangalîla therefore means all at once love song, hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death.”
-Olivier Messiaen

Join The.SYO and Stanley Dodds for Olivier Messiaen’s “Turangalîla-Symphonie”. A megalithic 10 movement expression of joy and one of the seminal works of the 20th century.

With its large array of exotic instruments, including the Ondes Martenot and a highly virtuoso solo piano part it is a work seldomly performed, and this is your chance to catch it live.

In his own words “Turanga”: this is the time that runs, like a galloping horse; this is time that flows, like sand in an hourglass. “Turanga” is movement and rhythm. “Turangalîla” therefore means all at once love song, hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death.”

Messiaen draws upon his own highly structured compositional techniques and his fascination with bird song, Hindi rhythms and Balinese gamelan sounds to create his very personal and inimitable sonic universe.

It is a piece that must be experienced live. The opportunity to perform this work will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for The.SYO and Stanley Dodds is thrilled to take them on this journey.

Turangalîla-symphonie 1946-1948; rev 1990 74'


Stanley Dodds conductor
The Sydney Youth Orchestra

              Stanley Dodds 

We welcome Stanley Dodds as The.SYO's Chief Conductor for 2024.

Stanley is the Principal Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, resident in the Philharmonie Berlin. Annual season highlights include the New Year's Day concert with Beethoven's ninth symphony, an opera gala, themed symphony concerts and showcase concerts featuring instrumental concertos. This popular series is now in its seventh decade and plays consistently to a full house in the Philharmonie.

His passion for contemporary music led him to found the ZeMu! Ensemble in 2021, which gave its inaugural performances at the Singapore International Arts Festival the following year premiering the multimedia work "The Once and Future", with further performances at the New Vision Arts Festival in Hong Kong in 2023. His recordings of works by Wolfgang Rihm with musicians of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra were nominated in the category "Conductor of the Year" in Germany's 2022 Opus Classic Awards. Further important performances and recordings include Martón Illés Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatschinskaya and the Karajan-Academy Orchestra, a "Baltic Roots" project with Baiba Skride, the world premiere of “Alavò” by Vito Žuraj and works by Esa-Pekka Salonen with members of the Berlin Philharmoniker.

He has conducted opera productions of Mozart “Cosi fan tutte”, Bizet “Carmen”, Viardot “Cendrillon”, Weill “Mahagonny Songspiel” and Hindemith “Lehrstück”, Offenbach “The Princess of Trapezunt”, Haydn “Il mondo della luna”, Mozart/Tarkmann “Die Zauberflöte” and Albrecht “Ritter Parceval”.

When the Berliner Philharmoniker cancelled live performances during the shutdown from March until July 2020 Stanley Dodds created and produced "The Berlin Phil Series", an eleven episode series of weekly online concerts for the Digital Concert Hall, where members of the Berliner Philharmoniker played and presented thematically conceived programs, complemented with selections from the Digital Concert Hall archive.

A highlight of the 2016 season was the invitation to conduct a concert with the Australian World Orchestra in the Sydney Opera House. Inaugurated in 2011 the orchestra annually brings together Australia's successful classical musicians from around the world, including members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, amongst many others. Previous conductors have been Simone Young, Alexander Briger, Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle.

Past guest conductor appearances include the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Halle, Hamburger Symphoniker, Sendai Philharmonic, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, Jena Philharmonic, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicale Milano, ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Karajan-Academy Orchestra and the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. He appears at major Festivals in Salzburg and Baden-Baden, at the Musikfest and MaerzMusik in Berlin, Musica Viva in Munich and the Summer Festival in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania.

Stanley Chia-Ming Dodds was born in Canada, grew up in Australia and as a dual German-Australian citizen is now based in Berlin. He began playing violin and piano in Adelaide at age four, attended the Bruckner Conservatorium and Musik High School in Linz before studying at Lucerne Conservatorium. He continued violin studies at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic before receiving tenure as a violinist in the orchestra in 1994.

He studied conducting in Australia, Switzerland and Germany, his most important mentor being the acclaimed Finnish professor Jorma Panula. Other important influences on his conducting career have been the chief conductors of the Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle and Kirill Petrenko.

Stanley Dodds is dedicated to youth music and orchestral pedagogy. From 2024 he takes on the role of Chief Conductor of The Sydney Youth Orchestra (The.SYO). He is artistic director of the State Youth Orchestra of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and the Youth Orchestra Festival in Neubrandenburg. For the Berliner Philharmoniker he led for many years the Schools Orchestra Concert and Youth Composition Workshop. On the occasion of the Berliner Philharmoniker's annual 2017 European concert in Pafos he initiated a bi-communal orchestra project, conducting young musicians from the entire island of Cyprus together with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, in a gesture of the universal language of music.

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