What’s On

Sydney Flash Mob Choir

Sydney Flash Mob Choir

City Recital Hall

Music-making at its most organic, most uplifting, and most joyful, Sydney Flash Mob Choir returns to City Recital Hall in 2019 and you’re invited to lend your voice to the harmony - it's free, and no experience or preparation is required!

The Exhibition Project

The Exhibition Project

City Recital Hall and The Other Art Fair

The collaboration between City Recital Hall and The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art continues in 2019 with The Exhibition Project.

A Little Lunch Music: Kathryn Selby

A Little Lunch Music: Kathryn Selby

Friday 16 November, 2018

City Recital Hall

Pianist Kathryn Selby AM presents a solo recital of works by Bach and Schubert that have been especially meaningful to her musical life. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Selby without her customary ‘friends’!

Tognetti's Beethoven

Tognetti's Beethoven

Saturday 17 November, 2018 - Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Australian Chamber Orchestra

For their climactic finale to the 2018 Season, Richard Tognetti and the ACO present an unmissable music event featuring Beethoven’s monumental Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony.

Aman

Aman

Sunday 18 November, 2018

Andalus Arabic Choir

Aman, a concert of exhilarating Arabic music by the Andalus Arabic Choir takes you on a magical journey through the East to Andalusia. Aman’s captivating rhythms and exotic airs transport you to a dream of an oriental midsummer night.

Vivica Genaux In Hasse's Artaserse

Vivica Genaux In Hasse's Artaserse

Thursday 29 November, 2018 - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

Pinchgut Opera

A triumph of casting and repertoire, Pinchgut Opera is proud to present four-time Grammy Award-nominated queen of opera Vivica Genaux with an all-star cast, including superb Australian countertenor David Hansen, for a truly un-missable event. Under the sure hand of Artistic Director Erin Helyard they will revive Hasse’s extraordinary work for the first time in Australia.

A Eurythmy Recital

A Eurythmy Recital

Thursday 29 November, 2018

Gabrielle Armenier Eurythmy Agency

Join us for an evening of Classical music paired with the movement art of Eurythmy. Inspired from their Carnegie Hall performance last spring, eurythmist Gabrielle Armenier and pianist Brigitte Armenier perform with violinist Florin Parvulescu of the San Francisco Symphony and cellist Andrew Hines of the Opera Australia Orchestra.

Iliza Shlesinger - Elder Millennial Tour

Iliza Shlesinger - Elder Millennial Tour

Friday 7 December, 2018 - Saturday 8 December, 2018

Presented by AAMI Just For Laughs Sydney

Iliza is one of the hottest touring comedians in America, and is the youngest and first female comedian to have won the NBC competition 'Last Comic Standing'. Her stand-up combines social commentary, politics, pop culture and feminism, with her performances making use of the whole stage, combining dance, movement and physicality.

Angels and Trumpets: A renaissance Christmas

Angels and Trumpets: A renaissance Christmas

Saturday 8 December, 2018

The Parish Church Of St James

Herald in the season of Advent and Christmas with angelic choirs and trumpets performing Praetorius’ sumptuous Christmas Mass.

Voices of Angels: In the Land of Silent Night

Voices of Angels: In the Land of Silent Night

Monday 10 December, 2018 - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

City Recital Hall and Gondwana Choirs

Join over 300 of the country’s most exciting young musicians in a performance that will inspire, captivate and transport you. Lyn Williams OAM conducts the choirs and Voices of Angels Orchestra in Sydney’s favourite Christmas concert.

Noel Noel Follow Your Star

Noel Noel Follow Your Star

Wednesday 12 December, 2018 - Saturday 15 December, 2018

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Unwrap what Christmas means to you. Experience pure spiritual joy with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s much-anticipated classics and rare festive pieces.

A Little Lunch Music: Future Stars Of Musical Theatre With Bev Kennedy

A Little Lunch Music: Future Stars Of Musical Theatre With Bev Kennedy

Thursday 13 December, 2018

City Recital Hall

Bev Kennedy, one of Australia’s leading musical directors and accompanists, presents and directs a performance by the musical theatre stars of tomorrow. Featuring hits from the shows you know and love performed by dynamic and talented up-and-coming artists.

A Choral Christmas Celebration

A Choral Christmas Celebration

Friday 14 December, 2018 - Friday 14 December, 2018

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Year after year, sell-out crowds are delighted by this traditional Christmas experience which sees the world-famous St Mary’s Cathedral Choir and celebrity readers offer glorious music and verse that fill every heart with Christmas cheer. From Silent Night to excerpts of Handel’s Messiah, there will be glorious music to celebrate this festive time of the year for the young and the young at heart.

Messiah

Messiah

Saturday 15 December, 2018 - Sunday 16 December, 2018

Radio Community Chest

Radio Community Chest has presented Handel’s immortal oratorio 'Messiah' every year since 1941 and this will be our 78th year. The programme will feature the 400-voice Combined Churches Choir, Grand Organ (played by Peter Kneeshaw) and Orchestra, under the baton of Tim Chung, with soloists Josi Ann Ellem (Soprano), Anna Dowsley (Alto), Jonathan Abernethy (Tenor) and Tristan Entwistle (Bass).

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall

Tuesday 18 December, 2018

City of Sydney

The magnificent Grand Organ and the stunning sandstone surroundings make this very traditional annual affair of carol singing, festive music and readings a memorable night for the whole family with massed choir, children’s choir and Navy Band.

Bridge Of Dreams

Bridge Of Dreams

Saturday 12 January, 2019

Sandy Evans and Sirens Big Band

Saxophonist Sandy Evans leads a brilliant ensemble of Australian and Indian musicians in a glorious exchange between Australian jazz and the rich Indian musical palette, featuring sublime Indian singer, Shubha Mudgal; stellar 17-piece super collective Sirens Big Band; renowned tabla players, Aneesh Pradhan, Bobby Singh; and harmonium virtuoso, Sudhir Nayak.

The Nutcracker and I

The Nutcracker and I

Saturday 19 January, 2019 - Saturday 19 January, 2019

Sydney Festival and Alexandra Dariescu

Renowned pianist Alexandra Dariescu’s reimagining of Tchaikovsky's enchanting Christmas tale merges piano, ballet and state-of-the-art digital animations in a trailblazing 50-minute multimedia treat for all ages

Lucibela

Lucibela

Thursday 24 January, 2019

Sydney Festival and Lucibela

Cape Verde’s Lucibela brings to Sydney the sounds popularised by the late, great singer Cesária Évora: Portuguese-influenced-folk propelled by a silky, emotive voice, trained by years of singing in Santa Maria hotel bars.

A Little Lunch Music: Orava Quartet with Kathryn Selby AM

A Little Lunch Music: Orava Quartet with Kathryn Selby AM

Wednesday 30 January, 2019

City Recital Hall

The Orava Quartet, hailed by Limelight magazine as “the most exciting young quartet on the block”, bring their breathtaking intensity to string quartet classics along with pianist Kathryn Selby.

Arvo Pärt & JS Bach

Arvo Pärt & JS Bach

Saturday 2 February, 2019 - Wednesday 6 February, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The famed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir join Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra for a concert that will reach celestial heights.

Muthspiel Grigoryan Towner (MGT)

Muthspiel Grigoryan Towner (MGT)

Friday 15 February, 2019

City Recital Hall

Three acknowledged icons of the guitar world are bringing their incredible artistry to Australian audiences. Wolfgang Muthspiel (Austria), Slava Grigoryan (Australia) and Ralph Towner (USA) are highly respected worldwide for their contributions to the guitar oeuvre, be it jazz, classical or world music.

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite

Thursday 21 February, 2019

City Recital Hall and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite is an emotional and personal choral work that invokes remembrance and peace for the dead who suffered persecution for their sexual orientation or gender expression. Playing off millennia of queer leadership in religious ceremony and driven by community engagement, Requiem Mass audaciously plays with the intersection of music, theatre and ceremony to propose a claim for Queer power within our most sacred cultural spaces.

Boys of Sondheim

Boys of Sondheim

Friday 22 February, 2019

City Recital Hall

Stephen Sondheim defined an urbane, literate and uniquely New York voice that many would call the most important in musical theatre history. He is also undeniably one of the most significant gay artists of the 20th century. This intimate cabaret concert exposes the soulful, masculine underbelly of his work.

Natalie Clein & Katya Apekisheva

Natalie Clein & Katya Apekisheva

Saturday 23 February, 2019 - Monday 4 March, 2019

Musica Viva

Natalie Clein plays with a unique combination of passion and delicacy. It’s as though the cello becomes her voice, and she is simply telling us a story through music and emotion. For her first full Australian tour she is accompanied by pianist Katya Apekisheva, a musician of equal talent and sensitivity.

The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer

Sunday 24 February, 2019

Abstract Entertainment

The undisputed leaders of vocal harmony groups, The Manhattan Transfer are touring Australia in 2019. They will be singing all their worldwide hits including “Birdland,” “Route 66,” “Chanson D’Amour” and many more. This show promises to take you through an incredible musical journey with a diverse range of hits that influenced the generation of the modern vocal quartet.

This Sounds Like Science: Music and Philosophy

This Sounds Like Science: Music and Philosophy

Tuesday 26 February, 2019

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

Throughout the centuries, music has inspired philosophers. Some thought it was dangerous (Plato) and tried to legislate its practice. Others found it metaphysically profound (Schopenhauer) or very suspicious (Kierkegaard). Goetz Richter, musician and philosopher at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, discusses the perplexity philosophers feel when facing (the) music.

Root Position

Root Position

Tuesday 26 February, 2019

Selby & Friends

Great piano trios by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Smetana with Kathryn Selby, Natalie Chee and Umberto Clerici based around a musical chord in root position!

The Brandenburg Concertos

The Brandenburg Concertos

Wednesday 27 February, 2019 - Friday 8 March, 2019

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

The Brandenburg Concertos reveal the imperishable genius of J.S. Bach. In a highly-anticipated event, five concertos will be performed in one unforgettable evening showcasing the immense instrumental talent of Australia’s national Baroque orchestra in an array of daring instrumental combinations.

A Little Lunch Music: Clancy Newman

A Little Lunch Music: Clancy Newman

Thursday 28 February, 2019

City Recital Hall

American-Australian cellist Clancy Newman performs pieces from his “Pop- Unpopped” project, where he reimagines hit pop songs as virtuosic solo cello pieces.

Haydn Winkelman Sibelius

Haydn Winkelman Sibelius

Thursday 28 February, 2019

Australian String Quartet

Playfulness encounters aesthetic introspection: Haydn’s admiration for the musicality of birds creates curious charm, contrasting the soulful grandeur of Finland’s great Romantic artist, Jean Sibelius.

Ralph McTell (UK) - Hill of Beans (World) Tour

Ralph McTell (UK) - Hill of Beans (World) Tour

Tuesday 5 March, 2019

Troubadour Music

One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell (Streets of London) is farewelling Australia in 2019. With a songwriting style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant.

The Sixteen

The Sixteen

Saturday 9 March, 2019

City Recital Hall

Award-winning choral group The Sixteen will be performing a distinctly British programme spanning over 500 years of choral music, a breadth of programming and performance reflected in their annual Choral Pilgrimage to Britain’s great cathedrals and sacred spaces, regular appearances at the world’s leading concert halls, and award-winning recordings for The Sixteen’s CORO and other labels.

Beethoven & Prokofiev

Beethoven & Prokofiev

Tuesday 12 March, 2019 - Saturday 16 March, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Fiery Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani returns as Guest Director in a concert of emotionally-charged music from Prokofiev and Beethoven.

Man of Constant Sorrow: A Tribute to the Music of "O Brother Where Art Thou?"

Man of Constant Sorrow: A Tribute to the Music of "O Brother Where Art Thou?"

Saturday 23 March, 2019

City Recital Hall and The Morrisons

Take a stroll across the bright heartland of American folk music with this joyous show that pays homage to the now legendary soundtrack from the Cohen Brothers’ hit film. Line-up includes The Morrisons, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Tommy Dean, Luke Escombe and Brian Campeau.

Madness & Confrontation

Madness & Confrontation

Sunday 24 March, 2019

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Madness & Confrontation commemorates the formation of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra during performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Selections from the opera are combined with the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, and the program concludes with Beethoven’s monumental Fifth Symphony.

Voyage of Musical Discovery 1: Phrasing and Form

Voyage of Musical Discovery 1: Phrasing and Form

Wednesday 27 March, 2019

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Katie Noonan, Jacqueline Porter and David Greco join the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in A Voyage of Musical Discovery. Voyage 1 includes live examples and explanations of the compositional similarities and differences in the ‘Phrasing & Form’ of historical and Australian contemporary works.

A Little Lunch Music: Taryn Fiebig

A Little Lunch Music: Taryn Fiebig

Thursday 28 March, 2019

City Recital Hall

One of Australia’s most popular opera artists, Helpmann Award-winning soprano Taryn Fiebig, performs a program of English-language songs accompanied by pianist Scott Davie.

Afro-Cuban All Stars

Afro-Cuban All Stars

Saturday 30 March, 2019

Abstract Entertainment

Experience the soul of Cuban music channelled through the original Afro-Cuban All Stars. Embracing several generations and music styles, many of the band’s members of yesterday and today have become international music legends. Don’t miss this uplifting musical experience straight out of Cuba, to be shared with the world.

This Sounds Like Science: Periodic Scales and the Elements of Music

This Sounds Like Science: Periodic Scales and the Elements of Music

Thursday 4 April, 2019

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

What has music got to do with the periodic table of the elements? Much more than the Tom Lehrer song, that’s for sure! Join chemist Dr Alice Williamson and science communicator Tom Gordon for an interactive exploration of the role music played in shaping the periodic table.

Bach and Telemann In Concert

Bach and Telemann In Concert

Sunday 7 April, 2019

Pinchgut Opera

In a masterly celebration of Eastertide joy, Pinchgut performs Bach’s Easter Oratorio. Alongside Bach’s jewel we present Telemann’s Thunder Ode, performed for the first time in Australia. An evening of sheer jubilation, uplifting elegance and grace.

A Little Lunch Music: Russell Torrance in Conversation

A Little Lunch Music: Russell Torrance in Conversation

Tuesday 9 April, 2019

City Recital Hall

The adored ABC Classic FM presenter, also known as 'the Scotsman with the loud laugh and the big tuba', shares the music that has inspired him most in his life.

Grand Mozart

Grand Mozart

Tuesday 9 April, 2019

Omega Ensemble

Mozart composed many wind serenades for aristocratic entertainment. However, his greatest work for winds, the ‘Gran Partita’, was written only after he had left Salzburg and settled in Vienna. This performance presents Mozart’s love of winds with his mastery of the keyboard.

I'm With Her - Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan

I'm With Her - Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan

Tuesday 16 April, 2019

City Recital Hall and Bluesfest Touring

This folk trio supergroup, comprised of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, has honed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay combined with indelible harmonies.

Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant - Back By Popular Demand

Arlo Guthrie: Alice's Restaurant - Back By Popular Demand

Wednesday 17 April, 2019

City Recital Hall and Bluesfest Touring

Known for his clever storytelling and classically-styled folk songs of protest against social injustice, Arlo Guthrie is an iconic figure of American folk music. His humourous persona and musical mixture of folk, rock, country, blues and gospel styles, playing both originals and covers, are sure to entertain audiences across Australia.

Alexey Arkhipovskiy

Alexey Arkhipovskiy

Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Lunin Show Productions

Virtuosic balalaika player Alexey Arkhipovskiy has a mesmerising performance style that is often said to be achieving for the balalaika what Paganini did for the violin, or Hendrix for the guitar: revolutionising how audiences listen to the instrument. Don't miss his one-night-only performance in Sydney!

Love & Devotion

Love & Devotion

Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Selby & Friends

A powerful program of music by Clara and Robert Schumann and their devoted friend, Johannes Brahms with artists Timo-Veikko Valve, Grace Clifford and Kathryn Selby.

English Baroque With Circa

English Baroque With Circa

Wednesday 8 May, 2019 - Friday 17 May, 2019

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

A tumbling commotion of musicians and acrobats collide in an explosive collaboration of contemporary circus and music from the English Baroque. With an inspired pasticcio by Paul Dyer and Yaron Lifschitz from 16th and 17th-century England, this dazzling concert experience will have you gripping your seat and gasping in awe.

Mannheim Rocket

Mannheim Rocket

Sunday 12 May, 2019

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Mannheim Rocket is a flashback to the establishment of the Classical symphony by Mannheim School experts Franz Xaver Richter and Johann Stamitz, alongside Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto and culminating in the great G minor Symphony No.40.

ZOFO

ZOFO

Monday 13 May, 2019 - Saturday 25 May, 2019

Musica Viva

ZOFO is a ‘20-Finger Orchestra’ who have electrified audiences with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. Witness them create a celebration of marvellous pianism set against an enthralling background of international artworks.

Voyage of Musical Discovery 2: Cultural and Historical Contexts

Voyage of Musical Discovery 2: Cultural and Historical Contexts

Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Jane Rutter and the Third Culture World Music Ensemble join the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in A Voyage of Musical Discovery. Voyage 2 includes live examples and explanations of the different ‘Cultural & Historical Contexts’ from the Classical symphony to Australian and Chinese contemporary compositions.

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis

Saturday 18 May, 2019 - Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The American saxophone virtuoso makes his ACO debut in a Latin American jazz-inspired program directed by ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä.

A Little Lunch Music: Beethoven’s Triple

A Little Lunch Music: Beethoven’s Triple

Thursday 23 May, 2019

City Recital Hall

Explore Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in this extraordinary arrangement for piano trio performed by pianist Kathryn Selby, violinist Andrew Haveron and cellist Timo- Veikko Valve.

Moore Beethoven Brahms

Moore Beethoven Brahms

Thursday 23 May, 2019

Australian String Quartet

Two great masters of the string quartet are shown in the youthful bloom of their artistry in this concert, which brings together their early masterworks.

Romiosini and Beyond

Romiosini and Beyond

Friday 24 May, 2019

City Recital Hall and The Greek Orthodox Community of NSW

A rare performance of Romiosini by reknowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, who also wrote orchestral and choral masterpieces 'Axion Esti' and 'Canto General'. This concert champions works previously not performed at City Recital Hall written by the great maestro.

The Return of Ulysses by Monteverdi

The Return of Ulysses by Monteverdi

Thursday 13 June, 2019 - Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Pinchgut Opera

Based on the final chapters of Homer’s timeless poem the Odyssey, Monteverdi’s late masterpiece is an epic yet intimate story of love, constancy and sacrifice. Fernando Guimarães stars as Ulysses, a role he has sung to international acclaim.

Doric String Quartet

Doric String Quartet

Saturday 22 June, 2019 - Monday 24 June, 2019

Musica Viva

The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Whether tackling the delicate nuances of earlier composers, or embracing the dramatic gestures of contemporary ones, the Dorics provide a captivating blend of sophistication and passion.

Indies & Idols

Indies & Idols

Tuesday 25 June, 2019 - Saturday 29 June, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Compositions from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and Sufjan Stevens presented alongside some of their shared musical influences: Polish composers Szymanowski and Lutosławski.

A Little Lunch Music: Zane and Jy-Perry Banks

A Little Lunch Music: Zane and Jy-Perry Banks

Thursday 27 June, 2019

City Recital Hall

Multi-instrumental virtuosos and brothers Dr Zane Banks and Jy-Perry Banks explore the tradition of stringed 20th century American folk music.

This Sounds Like Science: Music by Robots

This Sounds Like Science: Music by Robots

Tuesday 2 July, 2019

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

Computers do much more than process numbers, but can they be truly creative? In 1842, programmer Ada Lovelace argued that machines could compose music. Her forecast proved to be true, but are there aspects of making and playing music that robots cannot learn? Join artificial intelligence expert Professor Toby Walsh (pictured) in conversation with musicians Justin Shave and Charlton Hill from Uncanny Valley to explore creativity through the prism of music composed and played by machines.

American Masters

American Masters

Tuesday 2 July, 2019

Omega Ensemble

American composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich changed the face of contemporary music with their revolutionary works built on simple harmony and hypnotic repetition. This program also features a world premiere by Muhly with a setting of a tenderly erotic poem by Constantine Cavafy.

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

Tuesday 9 July, 2019

Selby & Friends

Duos and trios by Beethoven, Scriabin, Debussy, Tachaikovsky and Rachmaninov make for a hearty winter treat with violinist Daniel Dodds, ACO Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve & Kathryn Selby.

A Little Lunch Music: Dr V’s Swing Thing

A Little Lunch Music: Dr V’s Swing Thing

Tuesday 16 July, 2019

City Recital Hall

Back by popular demand, renowned Sydney-based big-band directed by ARIA-winning artist Vlad Khusid, Dr V’s Swing Thing, take audiences through a journey of jazz masterpieces with Sydney jazz vocalist Jo Fabro.

Handel's Anthems And Fireworks

Handel's Anthems And Fireworks

Wednesday 24 July, 2019 - Friday 2 August, 2019

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Be uplifted with joy and jubilation by the timeless anthems and orchestral works of George Frederick Handel. Handel’s Anthems & Fireworks is a stirring celebration of all things Handel and lauds the composer at his triumphant best.

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Monday 29 July, 2019

Musica Viva

Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition. The distinctively pure tone of this legendary British choir has been honed over centuries in the vaulted stone arches of the College Chapel.

AWO SIX

AWO SIX

Tuesday 30 July, 2019

Australian World Orchestra

The Australian World Orchestra presents an all-star lineup of eclectic bravura in the AWO SIX; a formidable cast of virtuosic musicians together for one night only to perform an exciting and intimate chamber performance of Mendelssohn and Brahms. A not to be missed concert.

Nicole Car and Etienne Dupuis in Recital with Jayson Gillham

Nicole Car and Etienne Dupuis in Recital with Jayson Gillham

Saturday 3 August, 2019

Andrew McKinnon Presentations

In one of the most exciting collaborations of 2019, adored Australian soprano Nicole Car partners with her husband, the internationally acclaimed French Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis, and brilliant pianist Jayson Gillham, in a recital of romantic French song.

A Little Lunch Music: Jayson Gillham

A Little Lunch Music: Jayson Gillham

Tuesday 6 August, 2019

City Recital Hall

Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham has emerged as one of the finest pianists of his generation, internationally praised for his compelling performances.

This Sounds Like Science: Why Music is Maths

This Sounds Like Science: Why Music is Maths

Wednesday 7 August, 2019

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

Why do guitars, flutes and voices sound different? How do we hear the different notes in a piece of music? Most importantly, what does all of this have to do with the cover of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon? Join Professor Geordie Williamson for a journey into the shape of sound and sound waves to explore the fascinating world of timbre, overtones, modes and frequencies.

Luminous

Luminous

Saturday 17 August, 2019 - Friday 23 August, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Ten years since its last performance, the ACO bring back their ground-breaking musical and visual collaboration with photographer Bill Henson, revived and refreshed with singer-songwriter Lior.

New Constellations

New Constellations

Sunday 18 August, 2019

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

New Constellations presents the early-Romantic String Octet by Mendelssohn along with a reconstruction of the long-lost nonet version of the Brahms Serenade – both shining examples of chamber music written with symphonic ambitions.

Voyage of Musical Discovery 3: Dynamics and Expressive Techniques

Voyage of Musical Discovery 3: Dynamics and Expressive Techniques

Monday 19 August, 2019

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

The Idea of North joins the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra in A Voyage of Musical Discovery. Voyage 3 includes live examples and explanations to highlight the different ‘Dynamics & Expressive Techniques’ of performing and composing vocal and instrumental music, from the historical to Australian contemporary.

Valer Sabadus

Valer Sabadus

Sunday 25 August, 2019

Pinchgut Opera

With his crystal clear, agile and shining soprano voice Valer Sabadus is well established within the ranks of the world’s top countertenors. Join us as Erin Helyard conducts the Orchestra of the Antipodes alongside this star countertenor for an evening of Vivaldi, Hasse, Porpora and more.

The Game Changers

The Game Changers

Tuesday 3 September, 2019

Selby & Friends

A dynamic homage to those whose vision was far ahead of their time, Kats-Chernin, Ravel, Britten and Dvorak with Susie Park, cellist Julian Smiles and Kathryn Selby.

Ives Westlake Debussy

Ives Westlake Debussy

Wednesday 4 September, 2019

Australian String Quartet

A combination of works from three composers united, across time, in the musical quest for vivid colours and sensual beauty.

Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Saturday 7 September, 2019 - Monday 9 September, 2019

Musica Viva

Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years. Founded in 1976 and with only one personnel change in all that time, the ensemble has stacked up more than 30 recordings and countless awards.

A Little Lunch Music: Maggie Ferguson Tango & Friends

A Little Lunch Music: Maggie Ferguson Tango & Friends

Tuesday 10 September, 2019

City Recital Hall

Maggie Ferguson Tango & Friends quintet present a musical tango journey through the golden age of the 1930s to 1950s onward to the sophisticated Tango Nuevo.

Mahler One

Mahler One

Tuesday 10 September, 2019

Omega Ensemble

Mahler’s symphonies are recognised for their orchestral might. In this thrilling chamber arrangement, vast orchestral forces are harnessed by 15 soloists. This performance is accompanied by Chopin’s luscious Piano Concerto No.1 and a World Premiere by Australian composer Gordon Kerry.

Next Generation Baroque

Next Generation Baroque

Wednesday 11 September, 2019 - Friday 20 September, 2019

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

What will Baroque performance hold 30 years from now? These tremendous next-generation talents have glimpsed that future. Paul Dyer would like to introduce Australian audiences to four electrifying young artists who are seeking to define Baroque performance of the future.

Celebrating Mozart

Celebrating Mozart

Thursday 12 September, 2019 - Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Pianist Dejan Lazić reunites with old friend Richard Tognetti for a celebration of Mozart’s symphonies and concertos.

This Sounds Like Science: Music, Feeling and Emotion

This Sounds Like Science: Music, Feeling and Emotion

Tuesday 8 October, 2019

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

Have you ever noticed how much music affects your mood? Mental health researchers Dr Sandra Garrido and Professor Katherine Boydell return to This Sounds Like Science for an interactive session as part of the Big Anxiety festival.

Nevermind

Nevermind

Monday 14 October, 2019 - Saturday 26 October, 2019

Musica Viva

Early music has rarely sounded as chic or brilliant! Nevermind is rewriting the rule-book on period-instrument concerts with an engaging mix of virtuoso expertise and unpretentious charm. Delighting audiences in festivals and concert series across Europe and making their Australian debut with Musica Viva, Nevermind are dedicated to the universal appeal of good music.

Intimate Bach

Intimate Bach

Saturday 19 October, 2019 - Friday 25 October, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti is joined by Brett Dean, Erin Helyard and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve for a celebration of Bach’s genius.

A Little Lunch Music: Emily Sun

A Little Lunch Music: Emily Sun

Tuesday 29 October, 2019

City Recital Hall

Australian violinist Emily Sun is rapidly gaining international recognition as a rising soloist following a slew of recent awards including the 2018 ABC Australian Young Performer of the Year.

Beethoven's Back!

Beethoven's Back!

Tuesday 29 October, 2019

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends’ 2019 season finale popular all-Beethoven program with SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron, cellist, Richard Narroway & Kathryn Selby. A popular event not to be missed!

The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons

Friday 1 November, 2019 - Friday 15 November, 2019

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Brace against a biting Italian winter and feel the eruption of a summer storm in this inventive re-imagining of The Four Seasons. Inspired by four sonnets depicting rustic scenes from the Italian countryside, The Four Seasons challenges musicians to create striking musical impressions.

Skride Piano Quartet

Skride Piano Quartet

Monday 4 November, 2019 - Saturday 9 November, 2019

Musica Viva

A new classical supergroup of four leading European soloists, the Skride Piano Quartet is sweeping through the northern hemisphere like a breath of fresh air – and is now bringing its dazzling energy to Australia. Together these stunning virtuosi play with an exhilarating sense of joy, mutual respect and endless invention.

Eternal Requiems with The Australian Voices

Eternal Requiems with The Australian Voices

Tuesday 5 November, 2019

Omega Ensemble

Described as "the finest choral singing [...] ever heard in Australia" (Limelight Magazine), Brisbane-based choir The Australian Voices join Sydney’s ‘chamber music all-stars’ Omega Ensemble for a performance where the spiritual world confronts the modern with works by Faure, Mozart and Britten.

Brahms & Dvorák

Brahms & Dvorák

Saturday 16 November, 2019 - Friday 22 November, 2019

Australian Chamber Orchestra

An exuberant end to ACO’s 2019 concert season, featuring Brahms’s Double Concerto, performed by Richard Tognetti and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve, and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony.

A Little Lunch Music: Alexandre Da Costa

A Little Lunch Music: Alexandre Da Costa

Monday 25 November, 2019

City Recital Hall

Canadian-Spanish violinist Alexandre Da Costa, a Sony Classical artist, counts many accolades to his name including the prestigious Virginia-Parker Prize, one of Canada’s highest cultural distinctions.

Farnace by Vivaldi

Farnace by Vivaldi

Wednesday 4 December, 2019 - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Pinchgut Opera

Vivaldi’s unique blend of beauty and brilliance take flight in Farnace. Orchestral colour and dramatic characterisation combine for one of Vivaldi’s greatest theatrical triumphs. We have assembled some of the world’s finest voices in this passionate drama of political and dynastic intrigue.

A Little Lunch Music: Bandaluzia Flamenco

A Little Lunch Music: Bandaluzia Flamenco

Thursday 12 December, 2019

City Recital Hall

Bandaluzia is an acclaimed modern flamenco ensemble led by ARIA-nominated guitarist Damian Wright, highly revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances.

Noël! Noël!

Noël! Noël!

Saturday 14 December, 2019 - Wednesday 18 December, 2019

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Noël! Noël! shimmers with all the spark and celebration of the starting summer. Experience the pure spiritual joy of rare festive pieces and much-anticipated classics. Expect to be surprised, moved and then float from the concert hall into the festive season.