15 February 2013
Whether you are a classical music fan or simply love an excuse to make the most of the last of the summer weather, you won’t want to miss Sydney Symphony in Parramatta Park on March 9.
This Saturday evening event is a brilliant way to inject a little bit of culture into your usual weekend routine – simply pack a picnic basket and a comfortable rug and settle in for an incomparable evening of music and entertainment.
Combining world-class music in the setting of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Parramatta Park’s Old Government House and Domain are included on the list of the 11 places comprising the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property), there is no better time to enjoy some songs under the stars.
This year, attendees will be treated to a performance from renowned jazz trumpeter James Morrison, who will play alongside the Sydney Orchestra as they regale the crowds with masterpieces including Brahams’ tongue-in-cheek Academic Festival Overture and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.
Parkgoers planning to attend this free event should bear in mind that Parramatta Park will be pedestrian-only from 14:00 on March 9 for the Sydney Symphony concert, which will run from 20:00 until 22:00. Whether you are a local or plan on making a trip to Parramatta specifically for the event, it is worth arriving well in advance so you can find the perfect picnic spot!
The music will be played from The Crescent – behind Old Government House – and concertgoers are reminded that if they bring tall chairs, they will be directed to sit at the back of the arena. It might be a wiser idea to bring low deckchairs of a picnic blanket if you are keen to sit in the heart of the action!
Parramatta Park is located at the corner of Pitt and Macquarie Streets – and if you are driving in, you will be able to find public parking at the Hunter Street car park.