Sydney University Symphony Orchestra
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Sydney University Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1948 by Donald Peart and was originally known as the Pro Musica Orchestra. It is currently made up of around 80 musicians from all faculties across the university. The orchestra's home venue is the Great Hall in the University's sandstone Quadrangle. The orchestra is currently conducted by Luke Spicer.
SUSO is part of the University of Sydney Union's Clubs & Societies program and is run by a committee of nine students. It receives funding from the University of Sydney Union as well as donations from the public.
In 2006, SUSO performed with the Sydney University Musical Society for Ben Macpherson's farewell concert. It featured Mendelssohn's Elijah and was broadcast on 2MBS. In 2009, SUSO again collaborated with the choir to perform Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.
In 2014, SUSO joined forces with the Sydney University Musical Society (SUMS) and the Sydney University Wind Orchestra (SUWO) to present the "University of Sydney Union Music Showcase" in the Great Hall. This event was the first of its kind, in which all three of the university's premier musical ensembles presented a joint concert.
SUSO has also performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Kathryn Selby, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Gerard Willems, and Dvořák's cello concerto with Timo-Veikko Valve. In 2012 SUSO combined with the University of New South Wales Symphony Orchestra to perform Mahler's Symphony No. 1.
Previous conductors include Simon Kenway, Nicholas Routley, Simon Thew, Ben Macpherson OAM, Romano Crevici, Phillip Chu, Gareth Tilley, Colin Piper and George Ellis.