Free Symphony at Kibble Park

Dr Steven Stanke, some of the symphony orchestra. Image supplied. Archive 2019.

Symphony Central Coast (SCC) will present a free concert featuring great Australian music and stories in Gosford on Sunday, February 23, commencing at 4pm in Kibble Park.

SCC will perform ‘One Land, Many Stories,’ a collective piece that brings together performers and composers to showcase the best and the newest Australian music, from quiet reflections on our personal space in a very old country, to an exuberant celebration of shared values.
There will be stories of creation, ritual and first meetings and music that evokes the Dreamtime Spirit of Australia’s First Nations people, the grandeur of the colonial stock run and the stars above us all.
Several works will have a world premiere.

SCC Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr Steven Stanke, will debut his ‘Baiyami and the Creation’ piece, which tells the story of the creation of the land as seen by the first humans, and Kevin Hunt’s ‘Yabun Wagunmagulya’ depicts the first meeting of Europeans and Indigenous people at Farm Cove in 1788.
There will also be an encore performance, after many years, of Spike Milligan’s ‘Grand Waltz for Brisbane Waters’, written especially for this orchestra.

Musicians from Central Coast Grammar School and Central Coast Conservatorium will join the ranks, adding to the full symphonic sound.
Dr Stanke said this free audial celebration of Australia’s culture and history was not to be missed.
“This has been a fantastic project to create.

“Our land is full of stories and histories that aren’t often told, so this is a great chance to present these in narration and music to a new audience.
“There is a strong push at the moment to record our oral history, particularly stories that go back many thousands of years, and we’re proud to present our selection of music for a Central Coast audience,” Dr Stanke said.

Media release, Feb 14
Dr Steven Stanke, Symphony Central Coast