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 2018 and you’re invited to lend your voice to the harmony - it's free, and no experience or preparation is required!

Grand Challenges

Grand Challenges

City Recital Hall and University of NSW

In 2018, the University of NSW is bringing a series of exciting talks to City Recital Hall as part of the Grand Challenges program.

Voices of Angels: Lullabies

Voices of Angels: Lullabies

Tuesday 12 December, 2017

City Recital Hall and Gondwana Choirs

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.

Messiah

Messiah

Saturday 16 December, 2017 - Sunday 17 December, 2017

Radio Community Chest

Radio Community Chest presents Handel’s immortal oratorio Messiah for the 77th consecutive year at Sydney Town Hall. These breathtaking performances feature the 400-voice Combined Churches Choir, Grand Organ (played by Peter Kneeshaw) and Orchestra, under the baton of Tim Chung, with soloists Ashlee Woodgate (Soprano), Barbara Jin (Alto), Brad Cooper (Tenor) and Tristan Entwistle (Bass).

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall

Tuesday 19 December, 2017

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.

Puss In Boots

Puss In Boots

Friday 12 January, 2018 - Saturday 13 January, 2018

City Recital Hall

Puss In Boots is a fun-filled and rousing modern take on this enduring musical quest in the classic pantomime tradition, packed with hilarity and captivating tunes that will have children dancing and clapping in the aisles, and parents laughing along too.

You and Me

You and Me

Friday 12 January, 2018 - Saturday 13 January, 2018

City Recital Hall

POSTPONEMENT OF PERFORMANCES OF YOU AND ME – It is with great sadness that in collaboration with the You and Me creative team, we have collectively made the decision today to postpone the scheduled performances of You and Me in January 2018.

Emel Mathlouthi with Rahim AlHaj and Karim Wasfi

Emel Mathlouthi with Rahim AlHaj and Karim Wasfi

Friday 19 January, 2018

Sydney Festival

Celebrated for her songs that became anthems of the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s Emel Mathlouthi combines North African sounds with electronic production. Iraqi composer and oud player Rahim AlHaj is joined by cellist Karim Wasfi – best known for playing inside Baghdad's bomb craters. A unique double-bill featuring three acclaimed artists.

Mount Eerie and Julie Byrne

Mount Eerie and Julie Byrne

Tuesday 23 January, 2018

Sydney Festival

When singer/songwriter Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie) lost his wife, artist Geneviève Castrée, to cancer, he poured his grief into the beautiful and devastating A Crow Looked At Me. Elverum is joined by NYC’s Julie Byrne, a purveyor of sublime, lyrical dark-folk, for a double-bill of minimalist, melancholic beauty.

Shabaka And The Ancestors

Shabaka And The Ancestors

Wednesday 24 January, 2018

Sydney Festival

Shabaka Hutchings is pushing Afrofuturism forward with his jaw-dropping jazz ensemble fronted by singer Siyabonga Mthembu. Londoner and bandleader Hutchings—a saxophone savant who’s played with the Sun Ra Arkestra—explores the indefinable gaps within modern jazz, as he hits Sydney with this explosive six-piece collective from South Africa.

Bambula - Paul Grabowsky and The Wilfred Brothers

Bambula - Paul Grabowsky and The Wilfred Brothers

Thursday 25 January, 2018

City Recital Hall and Sydney Festival

Australian musical cultures entwine in this unique collaborative partnership, where the ancient Indigenous music of South Arnhem Land’s Wilfred Brothers meets the award-winning compositional and improvisational artistry of Paul Grabowsky.

Vox Clamantis

Vox Clamantis

Saturday 27 January, 2018

Sydney Festival

This Grammy-winning Estonian vocal ensemble celebrates the music of its homeland’s most beloved composer, Arvo Pärt, combining his contemporary compositions with Gregorian chant and devotional music. Under the guidance of founder Jaan-Eik Tulve, the Vox Clamantis repertoire spans entire centuries.

A Little Lunch Music: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows 2018 Presents Bienvenue

A Little Lunch Music: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows 2018 Presents Bienvenue

Wednesday 7 February, 2018

City Recital Hall

Three great French composers, all seeking to entertain! The result is a lively and elegant program, filled with melody, performed by some of Australia’s finest emerging talents in orchestral music. Performing works by Poulenc, Françaix and Rameau.

This Sounds Like Science: Music In The Operating Theatre

This Sounds Like Science: Music In The Operating Theatre

Thursday 8 February, 2018

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

The Hush music collection was created by Dr Catherine Crock AM to help reduce the stress and anxiety felt by patients, families and staff at The Royal Children’s Hospital. Discover how this collection has transformed the environment of operating theatres and recovery rooms through the use of specially composed Australian music.

Open House

Open House

Thursday 8 February, 2018 - Thursday 8 November, 2018

City Recital Hall

With Open House, we have curated a series of interactive events to make you laugh, think, or just relax and enjoy. From music trivia and slam poetry sessions to emerging songwriters and talks on current ideas and issues, Open House will help you unwind in style.

2by20

2by20

Thursday 8 February, 2018 - Thursday 8 November, 2018

City Recital Hall and Andrew Bukenya

Wander down the Angel Place laneways and follow your curiosity inside the doors of City Recital Hall. Discover our intimate late night series, where tunes go down well with a drink in hand.

TOGNETTI TCHAIKOVSKY BRAHMS

TOGNETTI TCHAIKOVSKY BRAHMS

Saturday 10 February, 2018 - Friday 16 February, 2018

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Tognetti leads this melodic and emotively powerful opening to ACO’s 2018 season. Featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, America’s Missy Mazzoli and the UK’s Anna Clyne.

Glass Dean Mendelssohn

Glass Dean Mendelssohn

Monday 12 February, 2018

Australian String Quartet

After two modern masterworks of power and passion, the concert culminates in the sunshine of Mendelssohn’s radiant String Quartet in D major.

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

Saturday 17 February, 2018

Sydney Writers' Festival, Arts Projects Australia and City Recital Hall

An acclaimed piece inspired by human rights lawyer Philippe Sands’ prize-winning book 'East West Street', focusing on the remarkable, connected stories of his grandfather and three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials. The performance is based on the words, images and music that connected the men, from Bach and Beethoven to Rachmaninov and Leonard Cohen.

Thomas Tallis' England

Thomas Tallis' England

Wednesday 21 February, 2018 - Saturday 3 March, 2018

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Fly with the Brandenburg orchestra and choir across the patchwork fields of England with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis.

Mozart and the French Connection

Mozart and the French Connection

Thursday 22 February, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

François Leleux, one of the great oboists of our time, returns to Sydney to play and conduct a wind serenade by Mozart surrounded by exquisite French music. There’s Fauré’s lyrical music for Pelléas et Mélisande, Bizet’s exuberant Symphony in C, and a new arrangement of Debussy’s saxophone rhapsody will display Leleux’s sublime cor anglais playing.

Sabine Meyer & Alliage Quintett

Sabine Meyer & Alliage Quintett

Monday 26 February, 2018 - Saturday 10 March, 2018

Musica Viva

Experience the collaboration between legendary clarinettist Sabine Meyer with the Alliage Quintett, a unique ensemble of four saxophones and a grand piano. Both opulent and intimate in its appeal, this unexpected combination offers a magical program of Fantasia.

The King's Singers: Gold

The King's Singers: Gold

Saturday 3 March, 2018

John Cristian Productions

In the majestic surrounds of St Mary’s Cathedral,The King's Singers, acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and heart-gripping harmonies, take you on a mesmerising musical trip from the Renaissance to now. They will be joined by special guests the Choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral Choir.

A Little Lunch Music: An Audience With Marie Bashir

A Little Lunch Music: An Audience With Marie Bashir

Tuesday 13 March, 2018

City Recital Hall

In this very special lunchtime event, Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO speaks to Kathryn Selby AM, Artistic Director of A Little Lunch Music, about her most memorable musical moments. We listen to some of the works that inspired her love of music, and what they have meant to her over the years.

Beethoven By Ballot

Beethoven By Ballot

Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends 2018 season-opener presents the fifth in the all-Beethoven programs with pianist Kathryn Selby, brilliant violinist Grace Clifford, and bravura American cellist Clancy Newman playing works by Beethoven including his iconic ‘Archduke’ Trio and the ever popular ‘Spring’ Sonata. A season opener to truly relish!

Stalin’s Piano

Stalin’s Piano

Thursday 15 March, 2018

City Recital Hall

Stalin’s Piano is a compelling musical exploration of a century of history, art and politics. Celebrated pianist Sonya Lifschitz weaves virtuosic music together with video and audio recordings of eminent artists and political figures in this striking multimedia composition by Robert Davidson.

The Music Of James Bond

The Music Of James Bond

Saturday 17 March, 2018

City Recital Hall

For over 50 years, the thrilling exploits of the world’s greatest spy have been accompanied by the world’s finest theme songs: Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, Diamonds Are Forever, Skyfall, You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, and so many more.

ALINA IBRAGIMOVA DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

ALINA IBRAGIMOVA DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

Tuesday 20 March, 2018 - Saturday 24 March, 2018

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Intense, passionate and heartachingly beautiful music played by one of the world’s finest violinists, Alina Ibragimova. This is repertoire that doesn’t so much tug as it does rip at your heartstrings.

Pastoral Melodies: With Sydney Chamber Choir

Pastoral Melodies: With Sydney Chamber Choir

Sunday 25 March, 2018

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra and Sydney Chamber Choir

Mendelssohn’s idyllic Hebrides Overture and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, one of the world’s most melodious symphonies, share a program with the rarely performed Brahms Songs Op.104, sung by Sydney Chamber Choir, together with Mozart’s Spaur Mass K.258.

Richard Gill Presents - A Voyage of Musical Discovery: Program One - Motivic Development

Richard Gill Presents - A Voyage of Musical Discovery: Program One - Motivic Development

Tuesday 27 March, 2018

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Legendary conductor and music educator Richard Gill AO and the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra are on a Voyage of Musical Discovery, designed especially for high school music students.

Mozart and Mendelssohn

Mozart and Mendelssohn

Thursday 5 April, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Two of music’s most famous prodigies – Mozart and Mendelssohn – are the stars in this sublime program alongside the enchanting and atmospheric introduction to Strauss’s opera Capriccio. Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto exploits every side of the bassoon’s personality: virtuosity, humour and mellow eloquence, and Mendelssohn’s popular Italian Symphony is vibrant music, brimming with charm.

Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet

Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet

Saturday 7 April, 2018 - Monday 9 April, 2018

Musica Viva

A solo superstar, an award-winning quartet, and music for the heart and the mind: the bright yet intimate sounds of Avi Avital’s mandolin are a perfect foil for the warm strings of the Giocoso Quartet.

A Little Lunch Music: Australia Ensemble Presents A French Affair

A Little Lunch Music: Australia Ensemble Presents A French Affair

Tuesday 10 April, 2018

City Recital Hall

This program exemplifies the exquisite qualities of French music, from the stylish wit of Milhaud through to the romantic sensibilities of Saint-Saëns. Harpist Alice Giles joins the Australia Ensemble in this gorgeous program, which explores a wonderful palette of instrumental colours and emotions.

This Sounds Like Science: Music And The Cosmos

This Sounds Like Science: Music And The Cosmos

Wednesday 11 April, 2018

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

The link between music and the cosmos runs deep. Discover the profound connection between music and the universe around us through Gustav Holst’s The Planets, accompanied by insights from acclaimed astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis.

Eternal Quartets: Messiaen and Schubert

Eternal Quartets: Messiaen and Schubert

Wednesday 11 April, 2018

Omega Ensemble

Three quartets of time, spirituality and mortality. Death and music have always made an unlikely couple. But perhaps no two composers have directly reflected on their own mortality more than Schubert and Messiaen.

Nicole Car

Nicole Car

Saturday 14 April, 2018 - Tuesday 24 April, 2018

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Australia’s beloved world-class operatic success story, Soprano Nicole Car, performs her only orchestral performance in Australia for 2018, celebrating her special voice with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi.

Peter Bence Live In Sydney

Peter Bence Live In Sydney

Sunday 22 April, 2018

Castiglione Arts & Culture

Pianist, Composer, Songwriter, Music Producer "The World's Fastest Piano Player" certified by the Guinness World Records.

Celebrating the works of Markopoulos

Celebrating the works of Markopoulos

Friday 27 April, 2018

City Recital Hall and The Greek Orthodox Community of NSW

Experience this spectacular concert celebrating the music of genius Greek composer Yannis Markopolous. Featuring his classical symphonic works such as 'The Free Besieged' as well as other well-loved popular classics including 'Who Pays the Ferryman'.

Playlist with Matthew Wilkie

Playlist with Matthew Wilkie

Tuesday 1 May, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Playlist concerts give you a chance to hear short and inspiring programs of classical music – favourites and rarities – personally programmed and introduced by one of the SSO musicians. Hear SSO bassoonist Matthew Wilkie as he presents his playlist, and join Matthew and the musicians at the bar afterwards.

The Harpist: Xavier de Maistre

The Harpist: Xavier de Maistre

Wednesday 2 May, 2018 - Friday 11 May, 2018

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

One of the most sought-after soloists in the world Xavier de Maistre performs a passionate and inspiring program of beautiful works including French impressionist Ravel.

Alchemy

Alchemy

Monday 7 May, 2018

Selby & Friends

Works celebrating the numbers six and seven by Schumann, Arensky and Brahms presented by pianist Kathryn Selby with NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen and ACO Principal Cellist, Timo-Veikko Valve. A powerful program presented by three extraordinary performers!

A Little Lunch Music: The Idea Of North

A Little Lunch Music: The Idea Of North

Thursday 10 May, 2018

City Recital Hall

The Idea of North thrills with their sublime harmonies, bringing to you songs selected to show off the gorgeous acoustics of City Recital Hall. With such stunning voices, your soul will be fed to overflowing with beautiful songs and impeccable musicianship from Australia’s premier vocal group.

Songs Of Belonging

Songs Of Belonging

Saturday 12 May, 2018

City Recital Hall

Acclaimed Australian Indigenous soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham AO shares her unique life story and the musical journey to discover her belonging. “Aboriginal people have always known their belonging and we have done that through song”, she says. “It’s how we’ve given meaning to everything in our world, but it’s more than a song – it’s a map to our identity”.

Yulianna Avdeeva in Recital

Yulianna Avdeeva in Recital

Monday 14 May, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva made her name when she won the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2010, and in her Australian debut recital she’s chosen a program that embraces every side of Chopin’s genius. In the second half she turns to Liszt, and his mighty Sonata in B minor is a cathartic conclusion to the program.

Richard Gill Presents - A Voyage of Musical Discovery: Program Two – Texture & Timbre

Richard Gill Presents - A Voyage of Musical Discovery: Program Two – Texture & Timbre

Tuesday 15 May, 2018

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Legendary conductor and music educator Richard Gill AO and the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra are on a Voyage of Musical Discovery, designed especially for high school music students.

Classical Melodies

Classical Melodies

Friday 18 May, 2018

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, one of the best known Classical melodies in the world, performed alongside chamber works new to Australian audiences by Von Winter and Gambaro, and followed by Beethoven’s thrilling ‘Storm’ Quintet.

Mozart and the Piano

Mozart and the Piano

Thursday 24 May, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Australian pianist Daniel de Borah joins the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21. Its rapturous slow movement is framed by music that’s rich and energetic and absolutely captivating. It’s paired with a sunny and graceful serenade for string orchestra by Josef Suk, composed when he was a student of Dvořák.

Tafelmusik – Bach and His World

Tafelmusik – Bach and His World

Saturday 2 June, 2018 - Monday 4 June, 2018

Musica Viva

Step back into the age of JS Bach and experience this music as it was created. This latest show by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra utilises 21st-century technology and expert research to create an enthralling blend of sight and sounds.

A Little Lunch Music: Chaika

A Little Lunch Music: Chaika

Wednesday 13 June, 2018

City Recital Hall

Sydney sextet Chaika are sensuous, cinematic and irresistibly danceable. Their music is a rich tapestry of spine-tingling vocal harmonies that weave seamlessly into instrumental dialogues, drawing influence from the Balkans and jazz.

Eternal Voices

Eternal Voices

Thursday 14 June, 2018

City Recital Hall and Gondwana Choirs

Sydney Children’s Choir once again takes to the stage at City Recital Hall. The performing ensembles are known for their precision and discipline combined with their courageous and compelling performance style.

Handel's Athalia

Handel's Athalia

Thursday 21 June, 2018 - Tuesday 26 June, 2018

Pinchgut Opera

Handel’s brilliance is in full flight with Athalia. A juicy story of murder, intrigue and an idol-worshipping Queen intent on eradicating the line of David. Artistic Director Erin Helyard forms a winning combination once again with Director Lindy Hume to present Handel’s stunning choruses and heart-stopping moments of musical magic and wonder. This will be Pinchgut Opera at its very best.

A Hitchhiker's Guide To The Romantic

A Hitchhiker's Guide To The Romantic

Thursday 28 June, 2018

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends takes listeners on a musical tour of the great Romantic period with three works by iconic 19th Century masters of the genre – Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schubert. Pianist Kathryn Selby is joined by SSO Principals Andrew Haveron and cellist Umberto Clerici for this stunning program.

Beethoven Widmann

Beethoven Widmann

Friday 29 June, 2018

Australian String Quartet

The spirit of Beethoven fuels this recital’s contrasts of drama and consolation, juxtaposing the first and last of the composer’s masterful quartets.

STEVEN ISSERLIS PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH

STEVEN ISSERLIS PLAYS SHOSTAKOVICH

Saturday 30 June, 2018 - Wednesday 4 July, 2018

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Legendary cellist Steven Isserlis joins Richard Tognetti and the ACO for Shostakovich’s monumental First Cello Concerto along with Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphony.

Simon Trpceski in Recital

Simon Trpceski in Recital

Monday 2 July, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Simon Trpčeski’s first SSO recital showcases his lyricism and his daring. Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and a selection of Mendelssohn’s beautiful Songs without Words will highlight his exquisitely sensitive playing. Then, in and audacious gesture he performs a piano transcription of Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade.

A Little Lunch Music: Kathryn Selby And Timo-Veikko Valve

A Little Lunch Music: Kathryn Selby And Timo-Veikko Valve

Thursday 5 July, 2018

City Recital Hall

Join old friends and frequent musical collaborators ACO Principal Cellist, Timo-Veikko Valve and Kathryn Selby AM, for an intimate exploration of favourite sonatas for cello and piano.

Kinderling House Party

Kinderling House Party

Saturday 7 July, 2018

City Recital Hall and Kinderling Kids Radio

Kinderling House Party transforms City Recital Hall into a funhouse of amazing music and thrilling activities for children of all tastes and talents.

Mozart’s Fantastic Flute

Mozart’s Fantastic Flute

Thursday 12 July, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

SSO Associate Principal Flute Emma Sholl is the star in Mozart’s delightful G major flute concerto. The concerto is framed by a Mozart-inspired overture from Schubert and Mozart’s high-spirited Linz Symphony No.36 which was famously composed in just four days!

Joyce Yang

Joyce Yang

Saturday 14 July, 2018 - Monday 23 July, 2018

Musica Viva

Joyce Yang is one of the leading pianists in the newest generation of virtuosi. Presenting a program of music that pianists love to play, and piano lovers love to hear, Joyce demonstrates her technical brilliance and flair.

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Mental Health

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Mental Health

Wednesday 18 July, 2018

City Recital Hall

Join researchers Dr Sandra Garrido and Professor Katherine Boydell in an interactive session to experience firsthand how music can affect your mood. Discover how data visualisation and other techniques are used by mental health researchers to explore the relationship between music and the experience of anxiety and depression in order to help manage these conditions.

Love: Weber and Franck

Love: Weber and Franck

Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Omega Ensemble

Music inspired by romance, created with love, and presented with passion. Where words have failed, music has been the language of friends, lovers and admirers from afar. In a program of dedications, declarations and a wedding or two, these are works created out of great love.

Karakorum: A Musical Journey

Karakorum: A Musical Journey

Wednesday 25 July, 2018 - Friday 3 August, 2018

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

The La Camera delle Lacrime, joins the Brandenburg in a theatrical musical voyage from west to east on a range of rare, eclectic instruments, for a moving performance of forgotten hymns, melodies and chants.

A Little Lunch Music: Greta Bradman Presents Elevate

A Little Lunch Music: Greta Bradman Presents Elevate

Tuesday 31 July, 2018

City Recital Hall

Join Greta Bradman and Tamara-Anna Cislowska for an afternoon of sublime and uplifting songs from Australia, Spain, France and the USA, including works by Samuel Barber, de Falla, Peter Sculthorpe and Debussy.

Celebrating Ross Edwards

Celebrating Ross Edwards

Saturday 4 August, 2018

City Recital Hall and Sydney Chamber Choir

Ross Edwards is one of Australia’s best-known, most-performed and most-loved composers. Ross celebrates his 75th birthday in 2018 and City Recital Hall joins with Sydney Chamber Choir and percussion virtuosi Synergy for this tribute concert in his honour.

Steven Osborne in Recital

Steven Osborne in Recital

Monday 6 August, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes a striking juxtaposition between the fragrant, exotic sonorities of Debussy and the propulsive vigour of Prokofiev. Debussy Images and Estampes conjure vivid impressions of their subjects, while Prokofiev’s War Sonatas flit between savage bravura and haunting melodies, whimsical waltzes and dreamy tranquillity.

Goldberg Variations

Goldberg Variations

Wednesday 8 August, 2018 - Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents Bach’s iconic keyboard work in a celebration that brings together the old and the new in an utterly unique and illuminating way.

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Memory

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Memory

Thursday 9 August, 2018

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

Professor Muireann Irish explores how the brain responds to music, giving rise to powerful effects even in the face of advancing pathology. How can we use music to improve wellbeing and quality of life for those affected by dementia?

Ray Chen with Julien Quentin

Ray Chen with Julien Quentin

Saturday 18 August, 2018 - Monday 27 August, 2018

Musica Viva

Experience a terrific celebration of the violin in all its moods with Ray Chen. Appearances with great orchestras worldwide have carved his niche as a heart-stopping virtuoso and Ray’s return to Australia promises the same.

Poetical Melodies

Poetical Melodies

Sunday 19 August, 2018

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, celebrates a Romantic musical feast for strings together with Mendelssohn's passionate String Symphony, Grieg’s beautiful Elegiac Melodies and his renowned Holberg Suite, Puccini's elegy Crisantemi, and Van Bree’s Allegro for Four String Quartets.

Richard Gill Presents - A Voyage of Musical Discovery: Program Three – Voices & Instruments

Richard Gill Presents - A Voyage of Musical Discovery: Program Three – Voices & Instruments

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Legendary conductor and music educator Richard Gill AO and the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra are on a Voyage of Musical Discovery, designed especially for high school music students.

A Little Lunch Music: Tinalley String Quartet

A Little Lunch Music: Tinalley String Quartet

Thursday 23 August, 2018

City Recital Hall

Internationally acclaimed for its “addictive sound”, “intuitive” music making and “technical virtuosity”, Tinalley String Quartet has established itself as one of the finest string quartets of its generation and one of Australia’s most awarded classical music exports.

Tormented Souls

Tormented Souls

Thursday 23 August, 2018

Selby & Friends

Natalie Chee and Julian Smiles return with pianist Kathryn Selby and brilliant young Australian clarinetist Lloyd Van’t Hoff for this stunning program that explores the way in which composers suffering from depression and grief express themselves through their music. Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of Time is accompanied by piano trios by Schumann and Beethoven.

Extended Play

Extended Play

Saturday 25 August, 2018

City Recital Hall

Extended Play is a 12 hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable.

Hits of Motown

Hits of Motown

Saturday 1 September, 2018

City Recital Hall

Take an unforgettable ride to Hitsville USA with the ultimate celebration of the number one songs of Motown! This live music spectacular will transport you back to the golden era when soul superstars The Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye reigned at the top of the charts.

The Burning Violin with Stephano Montanari

The Burning Violin with Stephano Montanari

Wednesday 5 September, 2018 - Friday 14 September, 2018

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Fiery and passionate, Stefano plays baroque violin with exquisite precision, drawing in his fellow musicians and audiences with explosive playing and a complete command of the music.

Playlist with Catherine Hewgill

Playlist with Catherine Hewgill

Tuesday 11 September, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Playlist concerts give you a chance to hear short and inspiring programs of classical music – favourites and rarities – personally programmed and introduced by one of the SSO musicians. Hear SSO Principal Cello Catherine Hewgill as she presents her playlist, and join Katie at the musicians at the bar afterwards.

Transforming Strauss and Mozart

Transforming Strauss and Mozart

Saturday 15 September, 2018 - Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Curated by our Principal Cello, Tipi, together with Bach, Strauss and Dowland, this is a program full of inspirational music and palpable emotions not to be missed.

Hush 2018 featuring ACO Collective

Hush 2018 featuring ACO Collective

Sunday 16 September, 2018

City Recital Hall and The Hush Foundation

Celebrated charity the Hush Foundation commission some of Australia’s finest musicians to create bespoke works encouraging environments of calm in children’s hospitals and beyond. Performed by the ACO Collective.

Benjamin Grosvenor in Recital

Benjamin Grosvenor in Recital

Monday 17 September, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Rising star Benjamin Grosvenor returns to Sydney with an elegant and evocative piano recital. Bach and Mozart will demonstrate Grosvenor’s clarity and crisp articulation, and his lyricism will come to the fore in music by Debussy and Granados. The recital ends with Ravel’s famously virtuosic Gaspard de la Nuit.

Lior and Paul Grabowsky

Lior and Paul Grabowsky

Thursday 20 September, 2018

City Recital Hall

Sparks fly when Lior and Paul Grabowsky combine their talents on stage. Experience a memorable performance celebrating a musical fusion between two of Australia’s most respected artists.

A Little Lunch Music: Judy Bailey And Sydney Conservatorium Jazz

A Little Lunch Music: Judy Bailey And Sydney Conservatorium Jazz

Tuesday 25 September, 2018

City Recital Hall

Australia’s much loved jazz musician, composer, arranger and teacher Judy Bailey OAM joins her jazz students from Sydney Conservatorium in a lunchtime concert of solo and trio works.

Joy: Farrenc and Beethoven

Joy: Farrenc and Beethoven

Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Omega Ensemble

Works of new beginnings. Acclaimed violinist Veronique Serret and Co-Artistic Director Maria Raspopova join forces for a powerful presentation of Beethoven’s Spring Sonata. This work for violin and piano celebrates new directions in music bridging the Classical and Romantic periods.

Borodin Quartet

Borodin Quartet

Monday 1 October, 2018 - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Musica Viva

The Borodin Quartet is an extraordinary living tradition. Recently celebrating their 70th anniversary, enjoy a rare opportunity to honour the past with a concert that highlights masterworks from both the Classical and Romantic periods.

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Human Evolution

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Human Evolution

Wednesday 3 October, 2018

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

How did early humans experience and begin to play music, and what is the role it has played in our past? Evolutionary biologist Darren Curnoe explores the role of music in human evolution and why we created it.

Schubert Ledger Shostakovich

Schubert Ledger Shostakovich

Wednesday 3 October, 2018

Australian String Quartet

Shostakovich captivates with a work of rich stylistic breadth, born of a search for emotional wisdom, while dramatic sensibility combines with tenderness in Schubert’s rapturous quartet.

Ilya Gringolts Plays Paganini

Ilya Gringolts Plays Paganini

Friday 5 October, 2018

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Russian sensation Ilya Gringolts directs the ACO in this virtuosic display of Paganini’s First Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and 2 Cellos featuring ACO Principals Tipi and Julian Thompson.

BEHOLD – THE SEA!

BEHOLD – THE SEA!

Saturday 6 October, 2018

Sydney Chamber Choir

A musical voyage across the seas from Scotland and Finland to Australia, by way of watery depths, epic journeys, maritime disasters, and island magic between. In music both ancient and new – some never before heard in Australia – Sydney Chamber Choir evoke the mystery and majesty of the ocean, and the courage and tenacity of those who venture out across its vast expanses.

The Beatles Orchestrated for Kids

The Beatles Orchestrated for Kids

Tuesday 9 October, 2018 - Saturday 13 October, 2018

City Recital Hall and George Ellis

Take off on a magical mystery tour of music and thrills. With a little help from their friends – you, the audience, and a fabulous orchestra led by conductor and educator George Ellis – The Beatle Boys bring the timeless songs of John, Paul, George and Ringo to life for children of all ages and adults too.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Thursday 11 October, 2018

City Recital Hall

Whet your appetite for the finest delicacies that music has to offer with Tasting Notes, a live extravaganza of the greatest works of opera and classical music featuring acclaimed tenor David Hobson and conducted and conducted by Guy Noble.

A Little Lunch Music: Arrebato Ensemble

A Little Lunch Music: Arrebato Ensemble

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

City Recital Hall

Arrebato Ensemble, led by acclaimed flamenco guitarist, Greg Alfonzetti, is an exceptionally talented group of musicians that includes cello, double bass, oud, saxophone, harmonica and percussion players. While contemporary flamenco is the compositional driving force of the Ensemble, they also encompass jazz and world music.

Four Seasons

Four Seasons

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Selby & Friends

Our season finale presents an international program of music with pianist Kathryn Selby, Italian cellist, SSO Principal Umberto Clerici and Spanish/Canadian violin virtuoso Alexandre Da Costa-Graveline. Presenting a stunning and original program of works by Piazzolla, de Falla, Debussy and Mendelssohn, this season ender has something for everyone to relish.

Playlist with Kees Boersma

Playlist with Kees Boersma

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Playlist concerts give you a chance to hear short and inspiring programs of classical music – favourites and rarities – personally programmed and introduced by one of the SSO musicians. Hear SSO Principal Double Bass Kees Boersma as he presents his playlist, and join Kees and the musicians at the bar afterwards.

Lixsania and the Labyrinth

Lixsania and the Labyrinth

Wednesday 31 October, 2018 - Friday 9 November, 2018

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Be tantalized by charismatic Lixsania Fernandez’s energetic viola de gamba, while Brandenburg Concertmaster Shaun Lee-Chen masters the infamous The Harmonic Labyrinth.

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Saturday 10 November, 2018 - Monday 12 November, 2018

Musica Viva

Chamber music A-team Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich and Alexei Grynyuk come together as three stellar soloists to form a beautiful piano trio light up the stage with two of the great masterworks of the trio repertoire by Brahms and Ravel.

Momentum: Schubert and Mendelssohn

Momentum: Schubert and Mendelssohn

Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Omega Ensemble

Three revolutionary quintets. Guest cellist Howard Penny joins Omega Ensemble in a performance of Schubert’s ultimate String Quintet in C Major.

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.

Voices of Angels 2018

Voices of Angels 2018

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.