Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Parramatta Park  

ABOUT 7000 people are expected to pack Parramatta Park on Saturday, March 22, for a free concert by some of Sydney's best musicians.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra — which usually plays to packed-out, paying crowds at the Sydney Opera House — will perform one of classical music's best-known and most-loved works, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, under the stars.

Managing director Rory Jeffes said the free show would give everyone the opportunity to see and hear a full-sized, internationally acclaimed orchestra.

"Around half the performances given by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra each year are at venues away from our home at the Sydney Opera House," Mr Jeffes said. "Our thanks go to Parramatta Park Trust and the NSW government for their continued support of this annual event and for helping us bring the joy of classical music to everyone throughout Sydney."

Families are encouraged to pack their blankets and picnics and enjoy the concert of works by the great composers led by Israeli conductor Pinchas Steinberg.

"It is important to provide the population of western Sydney free access to world-class music without having to travel into the city," director of Parramatta Park Suellen Fitzgerald said.

Volunteers are invited to help out at the concert.

■ Details: ppt.nsw.gov.au, sydneysymphony.com.

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