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Endling with Sydney Symphony Orchestra


The Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Toby Thatcher present Andrew Schultz’s orchestral work Endling (2007) on their forthcoming tour of regional New South Wales. The programs also include works by Mozart, Schubert and Prokofiev.

The concerts are at:

Newcastle – Civic Theatre, Tuesday 24 May 2016, 7:30pm (more details and tickets)

Taree – Manning Entertainment Centre, Wednesday 25 May 2016, 7:30pm (more details and tickets)

Port Macquarie – Glasshouse, Friday 27 May 2016, 6:30pm (more details and tickets)


Civic Theatre promotional material:

“Hear the musicians of the SSO with dynamic young conductor Toby Thatcher in a program that begins at the heart of the orchestral repertoire with Mozart and ends with a cheeky nod to the Classical age by Prokofiev. In between are the vibrant and graceful melodies of Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and beautifully serene music by Andrew Schultz – soaring and noble sounds inspired by the transience of the natural world. The soloist for the night is SSO principal Ben Jacks, playing the most popular of the Mozart horn concertos in what promises to be an exhilarating performance.”

MOZART: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat, K495
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5
SCHULTZ: Endling
PROKOFIEV: Classical Symphony


Composer’s note about Endling:

Nature has defined the “endling” as the “last surviving individual of a species or plant.” This piece flows from a feeling of immense regret and sorrow about all that has been lost from the face of the earth.

Read more about the piece:

Read reviews of Endling from other performances: Endling reviews



Night Flight in Melbourne

William Morris Hunt, The Horses of Anahita or The Flight of Night

William Morris Hunt, The Horses of Anahita or The Flight of Night (circa 1850)


The brilliant Sophie Rowell (violin) and Kristian Chong (piano) present a performance of Night Flight (2003) by Andrew Schultz in Melbourne in May 2016.

Monday 2 May 2016, 6 – 7pm, Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre31 Sturt StreetMelbourneVictoria, 3006 More Details

Night Flight was originally written as the fourth movement from a larger sextet, called “Mephisto”, in 1990. The Ukrainian virtuoso Dmitiri Tkachenko, who had played the violin part in that work on several occasions, commissioned this transcription for violin and piano for concerts with Kristian Chong in London in November 2003.  The piece is a danse macabre for the modern age. The idea for its frenetic energy came whilst taking off at night in an airplane and the work makes reference to the frantic and fantastic horse rides of Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 2 and Schubert’s song, Erlkönig.

Who rides so late through the night and the wind?
It is the father with his child;
He folds the boy close in his arms,
He clasps him securely, he holds him warmly.
[Johann Goethe, Erlkönig, trans. Phillip Miller]