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About Indies & Idols - Sydney Opera House

Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens were all influenced by great composers. In this program their music is presented alongside the source of their inspiration, Polish nationalists Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

A favourite of Richard Tognetti’s, Szymanowski’s surging String Quartet No.2 is a fusion of neoclassicism and Polish folk music. Lutosławski’s Overture for Strings is an almost dizzyingly multifaceted experiment, with one foot in neoclassicism and the other in the avant-garde.

Bryce Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski is a homage to Lutosławski, whom he credits with having illuminated the way forward in his own musical development. Jonny Greenwood cites another Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, as contributing to his experimental musical language. The suite from Greenwood’s film score, There Will Be Blood, is foreboding, hopeful and beautifully evocative.

Sufjan Stevens is widely celebrated as an American indie luminary, and Suite from Run Rabbit Run is Michael Atkinson's précis of his 2009 album Enjoy Your Rabbit. Rhythmic drive, catchy melodies and mesmerising string sounds make this arrangement an energising and immersive experience.

Run Time

2hrs (incl 20min interval)

Start Date

End Date

Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall

Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000

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