Reception for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s historic European Tour, 5 December 2018

In an exclusive and musical event for ABIE Corporate Members, members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) performed during a reception hosted by Ambassador Brendan Berne at the Residence on Wednesday.

In the Orchestra’s first-ever visit to Paris, and after a sell-out concert the previous evening at the Philharmonie de Paris performing Berg’s violin concerto and Mahler’s 5th, it was a rare and welcome moment of relaxation for the musicians.

Australian Ambassador to France and Honorary President of ABIE H.E. Mr Brendan Berne and ABIE France jointly hosted this special event for Corporate Members and the ABIE Board.

“You are at home here,” said Mr Berne, welcoming the 90 members of the SSO who marveled at the sweeping panorama of Paris, the Seine River, and the Eiffel Tower. The orchestra returned this gift with a gift of their own; a pair of Sydney Symphony Orchestra cufflinks … and a wonderfully evocative rendition of a tango composed by Astor Piazzolla.

The SSO’s European Tour

The SSO is currently undertaking a whirlwind European Tour that covers seven countries. Led by Artistic Director and Chief Conductor David Robertson, the Orchestra is performing at many of the continent’s most famous and beautiful musical theatres. The day after the reception, with ABIE Corporate Members, the Orchestra played in Frankfurt and also attended a reception hosted by ABIE Germany. Its next stop is Luxembourg and by Saturday it will be in Baden Baden – 12 concerts in 14 days!

The Orchestra’s European Tour has a special significance: it will culminate with a concert in Aalborg, Denmark on 9 December, marking the centenary of the birth of Jorn Utzon, the Danish architect whose audacious design for the Sydney Opera House 45 years ago made it an Australian icon – an icon called home by the SSO.