A HERO'S LIFE - Great Classics 4

Jeffrey Tate - Conductor
Jayson Gillham - Piano

Wagner - Die Meistersinger, Act 1 Prelude
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No 3
Strauss - Ein Heldenleben

Our romantic heroes are reunited in a swashbuckling endeavour with Jeffrey Tate.

Jeffrey Tate forged a legacy of Wagnerian heroism in Adelaide ever since the acclaimed Australian production of the Ring Cycle in 1998. Returning in 2016 as Principal Guest conductor and Artistic Adviser, he directs this massive production of epic romance, reuniting us with old heroes and introducing us to new. Young Australian pianist Jayson Gillham comes to Adelaide for the first time, performing one of Beethoven’s most tuneful works, the tenderly lyrical Third Piano Concerto.

Beethoven’s other Third, Eroica, provides the inspiration for Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben (‘A Hero’s Life’). Commencing at breakneck speed, Strauss tells his own life story using a massive cast of musicians and a spectacular array of orchestral effects. Opening the night, the dazzling layered melodies of Wagner’s magnificent Prelude to Die Meistersinger underpin the grand lyricism and majesty of the whole evening.


Classical Conversation

FREE for ticket holders. One hour prior to the performance in the Festival Theatre auditorium.

In celebration of the ASO’s 80th Birthday, Conductor and ABC Classic FM Presenter Graham Abbott is joined by ASO Violin Gillian Braithwaite and Principal Flute Geoffrey Collins to discuss their experiences as long-standing ASO players, and together will explore music featured in the program by Wagner, Beethoven and Strauss.



ASO's 80th Birthday Dinner Party

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Jayson Gillham plays Beethoven

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  • Sat 29 Oct, 2016 7:30pm


1hr 55mins (including 20 min interval)


  • Adult $113.00
  • Concession $98.00 Pensioner, Student, Unemployed
  • Child $45.00
A Reserve
  • Adult $98.00
  • Concession $83.00 Pensioner, Student, Unemployed
  • 30 and under $50.00
  • Child $35.00
B Reserve
  • Adult $83.00
  • Concession $69.00 Pensioner, Student, Unemployed
  • Child $35.00
C Reserve
  • Adult $69.00
  • Concession $59.00 Pensioner, Student, Unemployed
  • Child $35.00

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