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Sydney Flash Mob Choir

Sydney Flash Mob Choir

City Recital Hall

Join us in 2017 for Sydney Flash Mob Choir; a spontaneous choir where everyone’s invited, everyone sings and the whole auditorium is a stage. Led by Richard Gill, you’re a part of what could be the biggest choir you’ve ever seen. You sing a few songs and then it’s gone, until the next time…

Italian Romance: Beethoven & Mendelssohn

Italian Romance: Beethoven & Mendelssohn

Saturday 25 March, 2017

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Catch the new wave of Historically Informed Performance musicians as they bring a revitalised spirit and energy to Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s masterpieces.

A Taste of Omega: The Voice

A Taste of Omega: The Voice

Wednesday 29 March, 2017

City Recital Hall

Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in our captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Here, acclaimed operatic star Lee Abrahmsen performs vocal masterpieces by Ravel, Spohr and Schubert featuring clarinet, piano, flute and cello.

Grigoryan Brothers: Songs Without Words

Grigoryan Brothers: Songs Without Words

Saturday 1 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

Performing works from their latest album, the Grigoryan Brothers return to their classical repertoire with songs by Bach, Elgar, Dvořák and Rachmaninoff. They also display their passion for musical exploration, encompassing jazz, Latin, world and folk to create a truly unique sound.

Romantic Visions

Romantic Visions

Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Omega Ensemble

Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major has gone on to become one of the most popular septets ever written, and is coupled in this concert with the ever-popular Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, written when he was nineteen years old. Also included is Cimarosa’s Concerto for Clarinet and Strings. Originally for oboe, this delightful work is reimagined to showcase the virtuosic and lyrical side of the clarinet.

St John Passion

St John Passion

Friday 7 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

Ever since its first performance in 1724, JS Bach’s setting of the St John Passion has been a mainstay of the musical calendar in both concert hall and church. The Choir and Orchestra of St James’ come together for this masterpiece by one of the greatest composers of all time.

Bach Violin Concertos

Bach Violin Concertos

Saturday 8 April, 2017 - Wednesday 12 April, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Experience the soulful beauty and timeless genius of JS Bach with Richard Tognetti and the ACO. Join them in a exploration of the composer’s magnificent writing for violin, which has earned the ACO artistic director three consecutive ARIA awards. "Richard Tognetti is one of the most characterful, incisive and impassioned violinists to be heard today." The Daily Telegraph (UK)

The Conductor and the Clown

The Conductor and the Clown

Sunday 9 April, 2017 - Sunday 9 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

A mini symphony show especially for kids, combining laugh-out-loud physical comedy with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Charismatic conductor George Ellis and multi-talented musician and entertainer George Washingmachine star in this delightful performance that introduces children to the joys of classical music with laughter and fun.

This Sounds Like Science: Why Does This Hall Sound So Good?

This Sounds Like Science: Why Does This Hall Sound So Good?

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

Join Cameron Hough, Senior Acoustic and Theatre Consultant with Arup, to discover how our hearing system affects how we perceive music. Find out how designers use this knowledge to design spaces for particular styles of music, adjusting everything from room size and shape to the fine surface detail of walls.

2x20

2x20

Thursday 20 April, 2017 - Thursday 2 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

City Recital Hall throws open its doors to music lovers and curious passers-by with a series of monthly, late night performances featuring a handpicked line-up of renowned artists and emerging talent in two bite-sized, 20 minute sets. 2x20 is our late night musical oasis in the heart of the city.

Songs of the Black Arm Band

Songs of the Black Arm Band

Saturday 22 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

Black Arm Band celebrates its tenth anniversary with a new production bringing together songs from its most iconic shows, Murundak and dirtsong. Performed by an ensemble of singers and musicians led by Emma Donovan, Songs of the Black Arm Band is a powerful expression of Aboriginal song, culture, language and spirit.

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Wednesday 26 April, 2017

The Spooky Men's Chorale

The Spooky Men's Chorale have been gleefully smashing-up and reassembling the world of men's singing since 2001, employing a devastating combination of beauty and stupidity to comment on the unsolvable paradoxes of being a man.

Celebrating Mikis Theodorakis

Celebrating Mikis Theodorakis

Friday 28 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

The Greek Festival of Sydney returns to City Recital Hall, promising another huge festival finale and a perfect opportunity to revel in the music and culture of Greece. This year’s concert, conducted by George Ellis, celebrates the music of iconic Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, best known for his theme to Zorba the Greek.

Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg and Circa

Spanish Baroque: Brandenburg and Circa

Wednesday 3 May, 2017 - Friday 12 May, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra combines artistic forces once again with Circa for a thrilling and dramatic arts feast. With a pasticcio of music from the Brandenburg's ARIA award-winning CD Tapas, this experience will see you gripping your chair more than once.

A Little Lunch Music: Goldner String Quartet

A Little Lunch Music: Goldner String Quartet

Thursday 4 May, 2017

City Recital Hall

For our second A Little Lunch Music concert for the year, the Goldner String Quartet of Dene Olding and Dimity Hall (violin), Irina Morozova (viola) and Julian Smiles (cello) returns to City Recital Hall.

Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt

Monday 8 May, 2017 - Saturday 27 May, 2017

Musica Viva

Acclaimed as one of the world’s great pianists, everything about Angela Hewitt’s playing serves to highlight the innate beauty in each piece. Across two programs, Angela brings her emotional openness and faultless technique to masterworks by Bach, Beethoven, Chabrier, Ravel and Scarlatti.

Katie Noonan And Karin Schaupp: Songs Of The Latin Skies

Katie Noonan And Karin Schaupp: Songs Of The Latin Skies

Thursday 11 May, 2017

City Recital Hall

Vocalist Katie Noonan and guitarist Karin Schaupp have an intuitive musical connection. In their latest collaboration, they journey through the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango.

ACO Soloists

ACO Soloists

Saturday 13 May, 2017 - Friday 19 May, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

n a group the size of the ACO, there is nowhere to hide. It’s an ensemble of soloists. This program showcases the extraordinary talents of the ACO’s musicians including Principal Violin Satu Vänskä, Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve and violinist Glenn Christensen.

In Concert

In Concert

Monday 15 May, 2017 - Tuesday 16 May, 2017

NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit

A dazzling choral and instrumental music showcase featuring Australia’s premier Public Schools Instrumental Ensembles, the Combined Secondary Schools Choir and guest artist, Felix Riebl.

Unfinished Romance: Rossini & Schubert

Unfinished Romance: Rossini & Schubert

Saturday 20 May, 2017

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Experience the style and grandeur of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra performing live on period instruments with the mesmerising mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell.

Nobuyuki Tsujii in Recital

Nobuyuki Tsujii in Recital

Monday 22 May, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Nobuyuki Tsujii makes his Sydney recital debut with a program of piano favourites by Classical masters. Hear Bach’s Italian Concerto and a Mozart Sonata alongside two of Beethoven’s greatest sonatas – the magnificent Appassionata, and the sublime Moonlight – in this not-to-be-missed recital.

By Arrangement

By Arrangement

Tuesday 23 May, 2017

Selby & Friends

‘By Arrangement’ – an extraordinary glance back to another era when composers and their colleagues arranged popular orchestral works for piano trio so music lovers could enjoy their favourite music in their own home! Works by Haydn, Beethoven and Ravel are presented by SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron, ACO Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve and pianist Kathryn Selby.

Morning Inspiration

Morning Inspiration

Thursday 25 May, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Haydn’s Morning Symphony is the kind of music that gives all the members of the orchestra a chance to shine, which makes it the perfect vehicle to showcase the virtuosity of the SSO musicians. And if you love Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola then you’ll love SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron’s ‘new’ double concerto by Mozart, arranged from the String Quintet in G minor.

The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour

Saturday 27 May, 2017

The Parish Church of St James’

Journeys through Europe were an educational rite of passage that flourished through the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Searching for art, culture and education through exposure to classical antiquity and the Renaissance, they became extremely fashionable with the polite English upper classes. Tracing our journey through music of the ages and the various cities visited, this is a concert steeped in the wonderment of the European Baroque, featuring music by Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi and others.

Nick’s Playlist

Nick’s Playlist

Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

In this friendly and informal concert, SSO trombonist Nick Byrne presents a playlist of music that has inspired him throughout his life. Highlights will include Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream overture and, in a special treat, Nick will play a concerto movement on the rarely heard ophicleide.

A Taste of Omega: The Bassoon

A Taste of Omega: The Bassoon

Wednesday 31 May, 2017

City Recital Hall

Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in our captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Join Omega’s resident bassoonist Ben Hoadley for a curious concert featuring this grand woodwind instrument as he performs works by Poulenc and Glinka alongside his own composition Four Preludes.

Migration

Migration

Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Australian String Quartet

With guitarist Slava Grigoryan, the Australian String Quartet dissolves the boundaries of jazz and classical style. The concert is crowned by Schubert’s heartfelt and lyrical G major String Quartet.

Ignite!

Ignite!

Thursday 1 June, 2017 - Friday 2 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

Showcasing the biggest dance music anthems, DJ Dan Murphy brings together electronic musicians, a full orchestra and live singers to recreate all your club favourites from 90s house music to today’s chart-toppers, complete with a fully synchronised light and laser show.

Sound Bubble

Sound Bubble

Friday 2 June, 2017 - Monday 12 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

A mad-professor-style invention, Sound Bubble is part intelligent life form, part multimedia installation and part experimental performance space. Contained within this high tech, clear inflatable cube is a wonderful array of interactive technology that will spark a series of weird, wonderful, beautiful and inspiring events, to be announced from April.

Seven Stories

Seven Stories

Saturday 3 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

A multisensory work combining music, storytelling and film, this world premiere of Seven Stories brings together seven Australian female composers, musicians Ensemble Offspring, theatre maker Hilary Bell and video artist Sarah-Jane Woulahan to create a powerful new Australian production that places women centre stage.

DAPPLED CITIES PRESENT IIIII

DAPPLED CITIES PRESENT IIIII

Sunday 4 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

Dappled Cities present ||||| (pronounced Five), their most epic album and performance to date, combining their trademark layered soundscape with an immersive lighting spectacle. In keeping with the band's history of reinvention and taste for the grand, ||||| will feature music from the band's highly-acclaimed career and showcase their stunning new album.

This Sounds Like Science: Why Music Works

This Sounds Like Science: Why Music Works

Tuesday 6 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

Not all sequences of sounds are ‘musical’: some sound good, some sound awful, some move us to tears and some don’t make sense to us at all. And there are all sorts of new explanations for this, with some surprising links to superstring theory.

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

Tuesday 6 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. Winner of five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album, she is adored by audiences and critics alike for her magical, timeless voice, captivating performances, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings.

SARAH BLASKO: THE SOLOIST TOUR

SARAH BLASKO: THE SOLOIST TOUR

Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Collective Artists and Look Out Kid

Touring without a band for the first time in her storied career, Sarah Blasko will lay bare her extraordinary song-writing and iconic voice in a special performance in the stunning surrounds of City Recital Hall.

Sound Bubble Sound Party

Sound Bubble Sound Party

Friday 9 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

City Recital Hall transforms its foyers into a one-night-only sound and light club. At the hub is Sound Bubble, an art installation and performance platform featuring DJ sets by Paul Mac with artists Damian Barbeler and John Taylor, Ben Drayton (Bad Dog), and Gemma and Jonny (Club Kooky).

Rameau: Anacréon & Pigmalion

Rameau: Anacréon & Pigmalion

Thursday 15 June, 2017 - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

Pinchgut Opera

Celebrate in the delights of love and booze this winter with an impeccably crafted triple bill curated by Pinchgut Opera’s artistic director Erin Helyard. Showcasing some of Rameau’s most deliciously perfect and joyous music, contrasted with an Italian intermezzo in the style of the period. Taryn Fiebig leads an outstanding cast of party-goers dedicated to entertaining you this winter.

Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet

Saturday 24 June, 2017 - Monday 26 June, 2017

Musica Viva

Exhilarating, exuberant, virtuosic: the Pacifica Quartet has won hearts around the world for its passionate performances. Such intensity throws a brilliant light onto quartets by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Shostakovich, as well as the welcome return of Nigel Westlake’s second quartet.

Sydney Youth Orchestras The Engine Room Of Excellence: Hooked On Classics

Sydney Youth Orchestras The Engine Room Of Excellence: Hooked On Classics

Wednesday 28 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

In this lunchtime concert, The Peter Seymour Orchestra, under the direction of leading music educator and conductor John Ockwell, performs works from the canon of Classical period repertoire. SYO musicians dedicate two years of their training to this ensemble to explore the music of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart.

Southern Lights, Northern Lights

Southern Lights, Northern Lights

Wednesday 28 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

World-renowned children’s choir Gondwana Voices celebrates its 20th anniversary with one Sydney concert before embarking on a tour of Northern Europe. Purity of sound, a mesmerising performance style and courageous programing all make Gondwana Voices’ performances unrivalled. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the great children’s performing ensembles.

AN EVENING WITH JIMMY WEBB

AN EVENING WITH JIMMY WEBB

Thursday 29 June, 2017

Zaccaria Concerts and Touring

Multi Grammy Award winning singer songwriter, Jimmy Webb, will perform all of his greatest hits including ‘Up Up and Away’, ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’, ‘Macarthur Park’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Galveston’ and many more. Enjoy an intimate concert experience.

Bach, Bernstein & Britten

Bach, Bernstein & Britten

Friday 30 June, 2017

Saint Mary’s Cathedral

In anticipation of its 200th anniversary next year, Saint Mary’s Cathedral Choir is again bringing its seraphic singing to City Recital Hall, immersing audiences in a night of spectacular singing and exhilarating music. Don’t miss this extremely rare opportunity!

Melvyn Tan & Haydn’s Paris

Melvyn Tan & Haydn’s Paris

Saturday 1 July, 2017

Australian Haydn Ensemble

International pianist, Melvyn Tan, joins Australian Haydn Ensemble in a program inspired by the beauty and romance of classical Paris. Melvyn Tan, renowned for his “delicacy and peerless, silvery virtuosity”, performs the concerto Mozart wrote for the Parisian pianist, Maria Theresa von Paradis, No.18, along with Haydn’s masterful Paris Symphony ‘La Reine’ or ‘The Queen’.

Peter And The Wolf

Peter And The Wolf

Sunday 2 July, 2017 - Sunday 2 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Murray Cook, known to kids as the red Wiggle, narrates Prokofiev’s charming musical tale. Conducted by George Ellis and with different instruments in the orchestra depicting each character, Peter and The Wolf tells the story of a curious and courageous boy, his fearful grandfather, his animal friends and a big bad wolf.

Orli Shaham in Recital

Orli Shaham in Recital

Monday 3 July, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Orli Shaham is planning an inventive program around Brahms’s late piano pieces. They’ll be matched with music inspired by Brahms, including Brett Dean’s Hommage à Brahms – three pieces designed to be played as interludes to Op.119 – and “ingenious, sensuous and powerful” music commissioned from Israeli-American Avner Dorman. Old and new providing mutual illumination.

Intimate Mozart

Intimate Mozart

Tuesday 4 July, 2017 - Saturday 8 July, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The ACO is joined by one of the world’s leading interpreters of Mozart, UK-based pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, to perform the composer’s stunning Piano Concerto No.13. Also in the program, Schumann’s String Quartet and Piano Quintet, two magnificent works that have been called “the most perfect of all the products of his genius”.

High Noon

High Noon

Thursday 6 July, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron directs a program of Mozart and Haydn, featuring Orli Shaham as soloist in Mozart’s melancholy and sublime Piano Concerto No.24. Haydn’s Noon Symphony shows off the virtuosity of the orchestra, particularly the concertmaster, playing the role of ‘diva’ in an elaborate parody of an Italian opera singer.

Proud Folk

Proud Folk

Thursday 13 July, 2017

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends takes listeners on a musical journey with three great Nationalists with three diverse piano trios. Dvořák, Ravel and Elena Kats-Chernin invite us to immerse ourselves in the culture of their beloved homelands by introducing us to a private, revolutionary folkloric language. Pianist Kathryn Selby, brilliant Australian violinist Natalie Chee and iconic cellist Julian Smiles present this spectacular winter program.

Sitkovetsky Trio

Sitkovetsky Trio

Saturday 15 July, 2017 - Monday 24 July, 2017

Musica Viva

Three young virtuosi with countless solo prizes and achievements to their names: together, the music-making of the Sitkovetsky Trio is little short of miraculous. In their hands the piano trio becomes a miniature orchestra. Their 2017 program progresses from darkness to light, in trios by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Lachlan Skipworth.

A Little Lunch Music: Natalie Chee and Kathryn Selby

A Little Lunch Music: Natalie Chee and Kathryn Selby

Wednesday 19 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Natalie Chee was just 16 when she won the 1992 ABC Young Performer of the Year, and is currently 1st Concertmaster of Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. In this A Little Lunch Music performance, Natalie joins forces with Kathryn Selby for a concert of violin and piano chamber works.

Unashamedly Original

Unashamedly Original

Saturday 22 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Join us for a weekend festival of multidisciplinary experiences that push the envelope of sight and sound. These original works don’t fit neatly into any music style or genre. In fact, they refuse to be stereotyped. Highlights include two works by Speak Percussion and a new collaboration between Australian Art Quartet and artist Wendy Sharpe.

Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage

Saturday 22 July, 2017

The Parish Church of St James’

Marking the Feast of St James’ and inspired by the Camino de Santiago, trace the journey through France and Spain with The Choir of St James’. Indulge in music associated with pilgrimage and the search for spiritual nourishment. Concluding with the glories of the Spanish Renaissance, our epic journey arrives in monumental Santiago de Compostela.

Chamber 8 On Tour

Chamber 8 On Tour

Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Australian World Orchestra

Experience the sheer brilliance of an intimate chamber music performance from 8 of Australia’s finest musicians on the international stage.

Dmitry Sinkovsky: The Singing Violin

Dmitry Sinkovsky: The Singing Violin

Wednesday 26 July, 2017 - Friday 4 August, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

He sings. He bows. He disrupts. Dmitry will snatch you from your seat and deposit you inside gilded walls and ceiling frescoes. He’ll show drama, tension, exuberance and extravagance. And he’ll do it effortlessly. He is the music and the music is him – unafraid, uninterrupted, flawless.

Schubert’s Trout

Schubert’s Trout

Thursday 27 July, 2017

Omega Ensemble

Perhaps no other piece in the chamber music repertoire has yet to surpass the popularity of Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, nicknamed ‘The Trout’. This work sits happily alongside Schubert’s Octet in F major. While the piece is heavily based on Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major, Op.20, the melody and beauty that infuse it are quintessentially Schubert.

Pieter Wispelwey plays the Bach Cello Suites

Pieter Wispelwey plays the Bach Cello Suites

Monday 7 August, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

In this marathon recital, Pieter Wispelwey performs all six of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites – a crown jewel of the cello repertoire, perhaps of all music! Experience Wispelwey’s extraordinary artistry in music that satisfies the emotions, the spirit and the mind.

Shefali’s Playlist

Shefali’s Playlist

Tuesday 8 August, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

In this friendly and informal concert, SSO Associate Principal Oboe Shefali Pryor presents a playlist of inspiring musical favourites. Hear the finale of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, two Sea Interludes from Britten’s Peter Grimes and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, together with highlights from Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Evening Salon

Evening Salon

Thursday 10 August, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey joins the musicians of the SSO for an evening of Haydn and Mozart. Haydn’s Evening Symphony and a Mozart Serenade for winds bring unexpected drama to their Classical charm, and the virtuosity of Haydn’s D major cello concerto makes for a rousing finale.

Mountain

Mountain

Saturday 12 August, 2017 - Wednesday 16 August, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Introducing Mountain: an epic cinematic and musical collaboration between the ACO and BAFTA-nominated Sherpa director Jennifer Peedom. Mountain is a unique musical journey through vistas few have visited and none have seen in quite this way. Includes music by Chopin, Grieg, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Richard Tognetti and more, performed by the ACO and Tognetti himself.

This Sounds Like Science: Quantum Science Explained Through The Electric Guitar

This Sounds Like Science: Quantum Science Explained Through The Electric Guitar

Monday 14 August, 2017

City Recital Hall

With the help of an electric guitar, Professor of Quantum Physics at the University of Sydney, David Reilly, demonstrates some of the connections between musical concepts and our most successful theory of reality.

Homeward

Homeward

Monday 14 August, 2017

Australian String Quartet

Brimming with optimism and self-confidence, the quartets of Dvořák, Britten and Paul Stanhope celebrate the adventure of new opportunity and the joy of homecoming.

A Little Lunch Music: Trio Treats

A Little Lunch Music: Trio Treats

Thursday 17 August, 2017

City Recital Hall

After many years performing in top European orchestras, chamber music ensembles and as soloists, three ex-pats, oboist Nick Shay Deutsch, pianist Duncan Gifford and bassoonist Lyndon Watts come together to perform Beethoven, Previn and Poulenc.

Takács Quartet

Takács Quartet

Saturday 19 August, 2017 - Monday 28 August, 2017

Musica Viva

The secret behind the love affair between this renowned ensemble and its Australian public is both the simplest and hardest thing about chamber music: the interplay between different creative personalities. Hear the Takács Quartet meld their sound into amazing unity in classics by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvořák, and a world premiere by Carl Vine.

Mostly Chopin

Mostly Chopin

Sunday 20 August, 2017

Hoang Pham Productions

Mostly Chopin features award-winning pianist Hoang Pham performing Chopin’s most famous works. The concert concludes with a performance of Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Major with guests Katherine Lukey and Mee Na Lojewski.

Imogen Cooper in Recital

Imogen Cooper in Recital

Monday 21 August, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

English pianist Imogen Cooper presents a recital centred around works by Beethoven, including the powerfully moving Op.110 sonata. Adès’ Darkness Visible draws inspiration from the Renaissance music of John Dowland, and a Haydn Sonata completes the program.

Tudor Portraits

Tudor Portraits

Thursday 24 August, 2017 - Sunday 27 August, 2017

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Music transports us to other times and places. Journey to the Elizabethan era with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Symphony Chorus and works inspired by a golden age of English art.

DIVA

DIVA

Friday 25 August, 2017

City Recital Hall

A humorous celebration of Australian divas, June Bronhill and Dame Joan Sutherland. In this world premiere part-theatre, part-opera celebration of these two giants, Australia’s current leading lady of opera and musical theatre Amelia Farrugia becomes…DIVA.

A Taste of Omega: The Piano

A Taste of Omega: The Piano

Wednesday 30 August, 2017

City Recital Hall

Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in our captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Omega’s pianist Maria Raspopova takes us on a journey from Bach’s sublime French Suite No.4 and his Partita No.2 in C minor, to the fiery Russian flavour of Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives.

Arctic to Antipodes

Arctic to Antipodes

Friday 1 September, 2017 - Wednesday 6 September, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Finland has Sibelius. Denmark has Nielsen. Sweden has ABBA. And Norway has Grieg! Norwegian violinist and Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Henning Kraggerud has built a reputation as the world’s leading interpreter of Grieg. Discover Kraggerud as he presents his arrangements for all three of Grieg’s violin sonatas.

A Brahms Affair

A Brahms Affair

Thursday 7 September, 2017

Omega Ensemble

Clara Schumann is evident in all of Robert Schumann’s music. His Fantasiestücke, Op.73 represents the unbridled passion found in the free imagination of the artist, whilst Borodin’s String Quartet No.1 exudes love and passion. Join Omega in this concert that celebrates some of the most exquisite and sublime chamber music written.

Nicolas Altstaedt & Aleksandar Madzar

Nicolas Altstaedt & Aleksandar Madzar

Monday 11 September, 2017 - Saturday 16 September, 2017

Musica Viva

Two brilliant adventurers set out across an enthralling musical landscape when Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madžar step onto the stage. The programs chosen by this intrepid duo offers a delicious survey of Romantic and modern cello sonatas from Debussy, Britten, Shostakovich and many more.

Haydn, Mozart & Friends

Haydn, Mozart & Friends

Wednesday 13 September, 2017 - Saturday 23 September, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Two admiring friends. A Kapellmeister named Haydn. A freelance composer called Mozart. Fast forward 250-odd years to two relatively new friends. A Belgian period horn player, Bart Aerbeydt and Australia’s leading baroque cellist, Jamie Hey. Witness the results when excellence from two eras comes together.

Incarnation

Incarnation

Saturday 16 September, 2017

The Parish Church of St James’

A program of sumptuous choral music reflecting the end of mortal life and the journey beyond. Moving from the depths of despair to light that brings hope and new birth, The Choir of St James’ and Trinity College Choir, Melbourne join together to perform Tallis’ famous 40-part motet Spem in alium, Gabriel Jackson’s 40-part homage to Tallis, Sanctum est verum lumen, and other monumental works from the Renaissance to the present day by Byrd, Tavener and Whitacre.

Revolutionary Romance: Spohr & Mozart

Revolutionary Romance: Spohr & Mozart

Sunday 17 September, 2017

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Don’t miss this chance to hear the beautiful rich sounds and textures of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra Chamber Soloists with the star of the basset clarinet Nicole van Bruggen.

Basically Beethoven #4

Basically Beethoven #4

Thursday 21 September, 2017

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends explores the works of young Beethoven in this program of demanding works for piano trio which includes the composer’s own arrangement of his Symphony No.2. With virtuoso violinist Daniel Dodds, ACO Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve and pianist Kathryn Selby, visit the young master on the brink of discovery as he pushes the boundaries of his own knowledge.

Ferruccio Furlanetto in Recital

Ferruccio Furlanetto in Recital

Wednesday 27 September, 2017 - Friday 29 September, 2017

Opera Australia

Ferruccio Furlanetto is that performer: a gifted singer-actor with a captivating voice. He is sought after worldwide, from the Metropolitan Opera to La Scala, to sing the conflicted fathers, tortured priests and playful devils of great operatic works. He returns to Sydney, with pianist Igor Tchetuev, after his acclaimed performance as King Philip II in Don Carlos.

Sydney Youth Orchestras The Engine Room Of Excellence: Tango Together

Sydney Youth Orchestras The Engine Room Of Excellence: Tango Together

Wednesday 4 October, 2017

City Recital Hall

It’s a little known fact that the SYO family of orchestras and ensembles includes a dedicated and talented group of young tango aficionados. In this lunchtime concert, TangoOz showcases the challenging rhythms and beautiful music of the South American tango genre.

Emmanuel Pahud

Emmanuel Pahud

Saturday 7 October, 2017 - Friday 13 October, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The world’s greatest living flautist Emmanuel Pahud is back! Twelve years after his Australian debut, one of Richard Tognetti’s great musical friends returns to perform with the ACO. This program is like an historical adventure – tracing the Franco-Germanic lineage from Bach senior, to his son Carl Philipp Emanuel, through to Franck, Debussy, Ravel and Boulez.

A Little Lunch Music: Teddy Tahu Rhodes And Kathryn Selby

A Little Lunch Music: Teddy Tahu Rhodes And Kathryn Selby

Monday 9 October, 2017

City Recital Hall

Our A Little Lunch Music series finishes the year in grand style with Artistic Director Kathryn Selby in performance with acclaimed international opera baritone star Teddy Tahu Rhodes.

This Sounds Like Science: The Science of Singing, Registers and Resonance

This Sounds Like Science: The Science of Singing, Registers and Resonance

Tuesday 10 October, 2017

City Recital Hall

The voice is a remarkable musical instrument, fundamentally different from manufactured instruments. Professor of Physics at the University of NSW, Joe Wolfe, introduces us to the basic science of the voice, including how singers can make their voice loud enough to compete with orchestras.

A Taste of Omega: The Clarinet

A Taste of Omega: The Clarinet

Wednesday 18 October, 2017

City Recital Hall

Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in our captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Omega’s Artistic Director and clarinetist David Rowden performs Stravinsky, and is joined by Maria Raspopova on piano for works by Brahms and Messager and the premiere of Miniatures by Andrew Anderson.

Piano Lessons By Anna Goldsworthy

Piano Lessons By Anna Goldsworthy

Friday 20 October, 2017

City Recital Hall

Part play, part concert, Piano Lessons tells the story of Anna Goldsworthy’s metamorphosis from nine-year-old schoolgirl to concert pianist under the passionate tutelage of Eleanora Sivan. This adaptation of her award-winning memoir brings Goldsworthy to the stage to play herself, with Helen Howard as Mrs Sivan.

Taikoz: 20

Taikoz: 20

Saturday 21 October, 2017

City Recital Hall

Acclaimed drumming ensemble Taikoz takes you on a performance journey that ripples and vibrates through your whole body. Boldly original, with soaring melodies, the hypnotic rhythm of the adrenalin-fuelled taiko is counterbalanced by the ethereal contemplation of the shakuhachi. 20 embraces music of the past, whilst heralding bold, new works that anoint the future.

Bittersweet Obsessions: Monteverdi & Bach

Bittersweet Obsessions: Monteverdi & Bach

Wednesday 25 October, 2017 - Wednesday 1 November, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (The combat of Tancredi and Clorinda) a heartbreaking tragedy by Monteverdi and Coffee Cantata a rollicking satire about magical beans by Bach. Love, desire, humour, obsession, lust. These two operas have it all!

Chrysalis

Chrysalis

Saturday 28 October, 2017

The Parish Church of St James’

Marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s publication of The Ninety-Five Theses, the Reformation threw the Catholic church into schism, with the hope and desire to transition and rebuild a new doctrine of faith and belief. Music of the Lutheran Reformation is placed alongside masterpieces of the English Reformation, which form the backbone of the continuation of Anglican church music in our modern time.

Quattro

Quattro

Thursday 2 November, 2017

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends’ season finale presents a special program of iconic piano quartets with Kathryn Selby joined by Trio Ex Patria – all SSO Principals. Mozart, Spanish master Turina and Fauré relish the addition of the viola to the realm of the piano trio. Enjoy the gorgeous warmth of big melodies in this extraordinary program to close the season.

Elena Kats-Chernin’s Birthday Bash

Elena Kats-Chernin’s Birthday Bash

Saturday 4 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

We’re stringing up the party lights for one of Australia’s best-loved composers, Elena Kats-Chernin. A spectacular line-up of celebrities, musicians and singers is descending on City Recital Hall for this epic birthday bash, with a once-in-a-lifetime concert showcasing the wide and exhilarating appeal of Kats-Chernin’s works.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Rachel Podger

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Rachel Podger

Saturday 11 November, 2017 - Monday 13 November, 2017

Musica Viva

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment makes its first, widely anticipated tour of Australia. Led by acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger and played on original instruments, enjoy symphonies by Haydn and JC Bach, as well as two violin concertos by Mozart.

Beginnings

Beginnings

Tuesday 14 November, 2017

Australian String Quartet

The Australian String Quartet travels across musical time to encompass historical eras: baroque eloquence, romantic intensity and classical grandeur, crowned by Beethoven’s revolutionary first Razumovsky Quartet.

A Taste of Omega: The Cello

A Taste of Omega: The Cello

Wednesday 15 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in our captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. The cello is regarded as the most lyrical and beautiful of the string instruments. Cellist Teije Hylkema presents Bach, Beethoven and the premiere of Samuel Hogarth’s Trio for clarinet, piano and cello.

Ravel Impressions

Ravel Impressions

Thursday 16 November, 2017

Omega Ensemble

Mozart’s ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio was the first to use the combination of piano, viola and clarinet in a chamber setting. Alongside this work is Ravel’s iconic and much adored String Quartet No.1, dedicated to his teacher, Faure, who’s own trio displays a graceful lyricism alongside his unmistakable personal musical language.

Alexander Gavrylyuk in Recital

Alexander Gavrylyuk in Recital

Monday 20 November, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

In a classic virtuoso recital, Alexander Gavrylyuk begins with Bach-Busoni (the Toccata and Fugue from Fantasia) and ends with Rachmaninoff’s mighty second sonata. In between: Haydn’s Classical poise, Scriabin’s wild colours and the brilliance of Chopin etudes –including the ‘Revolutionary’ etude.

Coronation of Poppea

Coronation of Poppea

Thursday 30 November, 2017 - Wednesday 6 December, 2017

Pinchgut Opera

Coronation of Poppea is a towering masterpiece of superbly crafted characterisation and heartbreaking beauty set to exquisite, sensuous music culminating in the famous duet ‘Pur ti miro’. The opera traces the fallout from the scandalous liaison between courtesan Poppea Sabina and Nero; Emperor, madman, murderer. Director Mark Gaal and Conductor Erin Helyard collaborate on their third Pinchgut production together, and lead an exemplary cast headed by Helen Sherman.

Gul Gul Dja Mardji

Gul Gul Dja Mardji

Saturday 9 December, 2017

The Parish Church of St James’

Experience an exquisite and home grown ‘manger full’ of Australian lessons and carols with The Choir of St James’ and special guest artists. Music and readings from Australian composers and writers present and past including Brett Dean, Christopher Willcock, Brooke Shelley, Owen Elsley, Dan Walker, Patrick White, Benjamin Law, Les Murray and Michael Leunig.

Voices of Angels

Voices of Angels

Monday 11 December, 2017 - Tuesday 12 December, 2017

City Recital Hall

Join more than 200 of Australia’s finest young performers over two nights at City Recital Hall and find out why Voices of Angels is Sydney’s favourite festive celebration. Lyn Williams OAM directs the Sydney Children’s Choir and members of Gondwana Voices in a diverse range of uplifting and inspirational music.

Noël! Noël!

Noël! Noël!

Wednesday 13 December, 2017 - Saturday 16 December, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

It’s joyful and intense. Sacred and secular. Modern and ancient. Cheerful and solemn. Deeply moving and uplifting. You never know what you might get, but you know it will carry all the wonder and surprise of Christmas, with all the sentiment of the season.

C.P.E. Bach, Mozart & Haydn

C.P.E. Bach, Mozart & Haydn

Friday 15 December, 2017

Australian Haydn Ensemble

For Australian Haydn Ensemble’s finale in 2017, Dr Erin Helyard returns to direct a dazzling symphonic program and perform as soloist in C.P.E. Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in B minor along with Haydn’s dark Symphony No.52 and Mozart’s uplifting Symphony No.29.