June 4, 2013

Babe in the Concert Hall

Sydney Opera House played host to a VIP (Very Important Pig) this week, when some very special animals were invited to join organist David Drury for rehearsal, in what may be the very first time there has been a piglet, a duck or a sheep in the Concert Hall.

The animals were there to hear the Sydney Symphony rehearse playing the Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, well known as the theme from Babe, in Organ Symphony: Dutoit and the Orchestra.

The full Sydney Symphony under conductor Charles Dutoit is performing the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony on Wed 5, Fri 7 and Sat 8 June at 8 pm.

Charles Dutoit is one of today’s most sought-after conductors, having performed with all the major orchestras around the world.  He is presently Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recently celebrated his thirty year artistic collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra, who in turn, bestowed upon him the title of Conductor Laureate.  He collaborates each season with the orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.  His more than 200 recordings for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Philips and Erato have garnered multiple awards and distinction including two Grammys.

Animals courtesy of Kindifarm Mobile Animal Farm

No animals were harmed in this production

Sandra Tiltman.