The Sydney Conservatorium of Music turns 100!

6 May 2015

Today, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 one of the oldest and most prestigious music schools in Australia, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, or “the Con” as it is affectionately known by Sydneysiders today, will celebrate its centenary.
The Con will celebrate its centenary with the grand performance of MASS by Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest composers of the last century who also wrote West Side Story. More than 400 Conservatorium high school students, tertiary students of the University of Sydney, staff and alumni, as well as students of the Sydney Children’s Choir, will make up the massive cast that will perform Bernstein’s MASS in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House.
Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz, Chair of Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, who was mentored by Bernstein in the 1970s, said “MASS is a masterpiece of the twentieth century. Bernstein considered MASS as one of his greatest works. It is described as a ‘theatre piece for singers, players and dancers’ that will bring to the stage hundreds of Con students in voice, orchestra, jazz, choral music as well as production and sound design.

“It is a challenging piece both musically and theatrically, which makes it a fitting piece to mark the Con’s centenary and showcase the breadth of music talent that continues to evolve from the Con.
“As we look forward to the next 100 years, MASS also sends an important message about tolerance, acceptance and peace in today’s world. This is something that music has always been successful in promoting across cultures and in bringing people together. It promises to be a memorable centenary event for the Sydney Con,” said Professor Diazmuñoz.
Take a sneak peek at rehearsals for the Con’s Centenary performance of MASS by Leonard Bernstein.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is a creative hub for musicians and scholars, a magical and inspired place where talented musicians and researchers of tomorrow can develop their skills in a fertile academic and performance environment.
The strength and heart of the Sydney Conservatorium is their talented faculty with their significant contributions to research, creative activity and outstanding teaching. The faculty includes award-winning performers and composers, world-class scholars and acclaimed musicians with high-level contacts in the music world, spanning Europe, the USA and Asia.
With an internationally benchmarked degree or diploma from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, students can be confident that their education will stand them in good stead the world over.


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