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!

The Exhibition Project

The Exhibition Project

City Recital Hall and The Other Art Fair

City Recital Hall is delighted to join forces with The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art on The Exhibition Project. This exciting new exhibition program has been developed to enliven City Recital Hall with contemporary visual art. Supported by The Saturday Paper.

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 pianist Clemens Leske 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.

Open House - What is Music

Open House - What is Music

Thursday 4 October, 2018

City Recital Hall

Have you ever wondered why music has such a power over us? For this October’s Open House the team from the new ABC series What Is Music will be sharing surprising insights into music. Think of it as show-and-tell – except with drinks and live performances. Supported by Young Henrys.

2by20 Feat. Natalie Gamsu

2by20 Feat. Natalie Gamsu

Thursday 4 October, 2018

City Recital Hall and Andrew Bukenya

Join Natalie Gamsu for a special night of cabaret this October, this brief interlude into music on your Thursday night is bound to stimulate your senses and feed your soul.

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.

The Beautiful Blue Danube

The Beautiful Blue Danube

Saturday 13 October, 2018

Hoang Pham Productions

Johann Strauss’ famous ‘Blue Danube’ Waltz provides the dashing conclusion to this piano recital of popular works by Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Schubert including the thrilling Chopin Ballade in G minor.

A Little Lunch Music: Arrebato Ensemble

A Little Lunch Music: Arrebato Ensemble

Tuesday 16 October, 2018

City Recital Hall

Led by acclaimed flamenco guitarist, Greg Alfonzetti, Arrebato Ensemble plays contemporary flamenco with edge, combining incisive ensemble playing, masterful solos and all the power and beauty of flamenco dance.

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.

Animenz and Theishter

Animenz and Theishter

Thursday 18 October, 2018

YOUBRIO

Anime music YouTube sensations Animenz and Theishter will be performing together exclusively for Australia and New Zealand, presenting their signature tunes from Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Guilty Crown and featuring other favourites from Studio Ghibli, Naruto, and many more!

Shahkar Bineshpajooh

Shahkar Bineshpajooh

Saturday 20 October, 2018

Shahkar Entertainment LLC

Dr. Shahkar Bineshpajooh, known simply as “Shahkar” to his many fans around the globe, is a Persian pop singing sensation. Performing original music and standard classics in his signature tuxedos has earned him the reputation of an Iranian Frank Sinatra.

Caroline O'Connor: From Broadway With Love

Caroline O'Connor: From Broadway With Love

Friday 26 October, 2018

City Recital Hall

Australia’s greatest gift to Broadway and London’s West End stars in a concert of her all-time favourite songs from the Broadway stage. Directed by Tyran Parke and orchestra conducted by George Ellis, with special performances by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir.

Monsieur Camembert's Leonard Cohen Show

Monsieur Camembert's Leonard Cohen Show

Saturday 27 October, 2018

Camelot Lounge

Triple ARIA-winning Monsieur Camembert return with their unique and original interpretations of Cohen’s work. The 12-piece line-up will include special guests Joseph Tawadros, Abby Dobson, Diana Rouvas & others TBA. Book early to avoid disappointment as last year’s CRH show sold out!

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.

Horrorshow and The Metropolitan Orchestra

Horrorshow and The Metropolitan Orchestra

Thursday 1 November, 2018

Elefant Traks, WME and The Music

Much-loved Australian hip hop act Horrorshow teams up with The Metropolitan Orchestra for a one-off concert experience, never to be repeated. There is no grander way to experience their exquisite award-winning back catalogue than with an 18-piece orchestra. Conducted by Gordon Hamilton.

A Voice From Heaven

A Voice From Heaven

Saturday 3 November, 2018

The Parish Church Of St James

The 100th anniversary of Armistice is commemorated by music of sacrifice, loss and hope, including Brahms’ Requiem and Bainton’s And I saw a new heaven.

2by20 Feat. SSJ Unplugged

2by20 Feat. SSJ Unplugged

Thursday 8 November, 2018

City Recital Hall

Calvin Orosa, Glenn Lumanta and Flip Simmons have put together a show of soulful renditions of some of the most popular songs over the decades, re-imagined with some incredible arrangements shining a new light onto songs you know and love.

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.

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.

Iliza Shlesinger - Elder Millennial Tour

Iliza Shlesinger - Elder Millennial Tour

Friday 7 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.