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Featured for 2019

Gershwin & Saint-Saëns
Keyboard Splendour

Experience grandeur and virtuosity in Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony

Copland - El Salon Mexico
Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F
Meale - Mer de Glace (extracts)
Saint-Saëns - Symphony No 3

Saturday 16 March, 7pm
The Concourse, Chatswood

NSW Secondary Schools
Concerto Competition
Finals Concert

Saturday 29 June, 7pm
The Concourse, Chatswood

Opera Gala

Favourite arias and duets from the world's most loved operas - featuring stars from Opera Australia

Verdi - Overture 'La Forza del Destino'
Sarasate - Carmen Fantasy
Massenet - 'Meditation' from Thais

Sunday 17 November, 3.00pm
The Concourse, Chatswood

Ku-ring-gai Concerts in 2019

Kids' Proms
Musical Sea Adventures

Sunday 26 May, 2pm & 3.30pm
St Ives Uniting Church

Elgar's Enigma

Hear the KPO perform Elgar's beautiful Enigma Variations with the noble and powerful Nimrod at its heart.

Kats-Chernin - Heaven is Closed
Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante
Elga - Enigma Variations

Sunday 8 September, 3pm
St Ives Uniting Church

Free Community Concerts

14 April - Music for Strings and Wind
11 August - Young Talent, with finalists from the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition

3pm at St Andrews Uniting Church, South Turramurra

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The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) was founded in 1971 by the Chinese-Australian conductor Helen Quach, with the support of the Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council and the Australian Council of the Arts, under the patronage of Alderman J.F. Bennett (Mayor of Ku-ring-gai), Sir Charles Moses (ABC), Rex Hobcroft (Director of the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music), Sir Bernard Heinze and John Hopkins (both conductors of the SSO). Read More