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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Symphony in the Domain

A regular highlight on the Sydney Festival calendar, Symphony in the Domain is the perfect excuse to pack the picnic rug, a hamper of gourmet goodies and lie under the stars listening to the Sydney Symphony.

The keen ones always camp out overnight to secure (tent)pole position. We've never been this desperate! By 5pm though, all tents must come down so everyone gets uninterrupted views of the stage and screens (aren't we Aussies egalitarian).

Our combined picnic effort included goi cuon; pasta salad with basil, cherry tomatoes and spicy chorizo; baguette terrine of roast beef, humus and antipasto; ham and egg bakes and plenty of cheese and crackers.

Close-up of the baguette terrine. That's why I'm calling it anyhow. Originally inspired by a cooking segment on Two Fat Ladies. Developed and executed by a fellow foodie.

Strawberries and marshmallow skewers drizzled with chocolate (and err.. saliva).

A couple of short showers did little to dampen the Aussie spirit. The crowd were staying put.

William Barton on the didgeridoo was a crowd favourite, particularly when he erupted into a surprise beat-box style didgeri-rap. When he echoed a "check yo-self" down the instrument, the crowd hollered in approval.

The theme of this year's event was Journey to the Stars, concluded--as tradition demands--with Tchaichovsky's 1812 Overture complete with real canons and fireworks.

Symphony in the Domain 2005 Program:
Journey to the Stars
R STRAUSS and Sprach Zarathustra - Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey
BELLINI - Norma: Casta Diva
HOLST - The Planets: Saturn and Mars
WILLIAMS - ET: Flying Theme
LEONCAVELLO - Pagliacci: Stidano Iassu
HOLST - The Planets: Jupiter
TCHAIKOVSKY - 1812 Overture

The Symphony in the Domain
3rd or 4th Saturday in January in the Domain.
Starts 8pm and runs for about 2 hours.
Best of all, it's FREE.
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posted by Anonymous on 1/22/2005 11:59:00 pm


  • At 1/26/2005 8:50 pm, Blogger Fish Fish said…

    Kekeke... the pics of ur foods look much more tempting to fish fish than the performance. :P

  • At 1/27/2005 1:11 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    hey AG
    I was gonna head there too but too bad, both my bf and I came down with a cold so we stayed home instead! Your baguette terrine looks delicious! I have always wanted to make something similar.Ham and egg bakes look yummy too. I have yet to try making my own goi cuon!
    Oh belated Happy Australia Day! <- I don't think this is a proper greeting for the national day?

  • At 1/29/2005 5:27 pm, Blogger R said…


    The egg and ham tarts came from Jill Dupleix. I saw her make them at the Good Food Show in 2003, but think the recipe is in her latest book - Very simple food.

  • At 1/31/2005 9:56 pm, Blogger Ms One Boobie said…

    Love the Strawberries and marshmallow skewers drizzled with chocolate.. ;) jealous..!!!!
    And would have love to go listen to the Symphony...*sigh*.. but alas.. my spouse.. no interest in such arty farty thingie... and NO symphony here either..!!! can die or not..??!!??? how did someone like me.. end up in a place like this..???!!?? Love is SOOOOOO... blind..!!! no..??


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