Symphony Central Coast presents its 2017 season with top-notch soloists, a mix of classical and popular, and with virtuosic performance very much to the fore.

While the likes of Nate Butler and his graduating students will bring plenty of sparkle to the season, that doyen of pianists Simon Tedeschi looks set to grab his share of attention with Gershwin’s other most famous work, the Piano Concerto in F. Add Wagner singers Leah Thomas, Andrew Brunsdon and Shane Lowrencev who will delve deep into the mythological story that is the Ring Cycle and you have a spectacular concert season with something for everyone.

Artistic Director and Conductor Dr Steven Stanke: “The highlight of our 2016 program for was preparing and performing Dimitri Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. There is so much personal statement in this work by the composer who struggled against a very oppressive governmental regime and yet was able to get a message of hope, determination and integrity to the world. In 2017 we’re continuing our exploration of the human spirit and creativity against the odds.”

Sally Maer in conversation

As Symphony Central Coast nears its "War & Peace" concert June 26 2016, we talk to soloist Sally Maer about her relationship with the Elgar cello concerto and her work with young musicians.

Video feature: Symphony Central Coast’s Wolfe Trumpet Concerto

Conductor: Steven Stanke; Trumpet: Anthony Heinrichs; Harp: Marjorie Maydwell. Click here for details and sheet music. Audio recording by Rod McCormack Video by Bruce Dufty Recorded 26/8 and 13/9/2015 at the CCGS Performing Arts Complex  VIOLINS: Olena Zaporozhets,...

Symphony Central Coast Concerto Competition

This competition is held biennially and gives the opportunity for Central Coast young musicians to perform a concerto with a symphony orchestra and win up to $2000 prize money. Applications must be received by March 24. The preliminary auditions will be held on June...