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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…

Dmitry Sinkovsky: The Singing Violin

Dmitry Sinkovsky: The Singing Violin

Friday 28 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.

Pieter Wispelwey plays the Bach Cello Suites

Pieter Wispelwey plays the Bach Cello Suites

Sunday 6 August, 2017 - 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.

2017 Arts Alive Primary Choral Concert

2017 Arts Alive Primary Choral Concert

Tuesday 8 August, 2017

NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit

The Arts Alive Primary Choral Concert showcases the musical talents of Public School students. A combined choir of 500 primary students will present choral works by a variety of composers. It will also feature individual items from various Primary and Secondary Public Schools.

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.

2x20

2x20

Thursday 10 August, 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.

Blink: Australia Piano Quartet with Jessica Irwin

Blink: Australia Piano Quartet with Jessica Irwin

Friday 11 August, 2017

City Recital Hall

Technology breaking down barriers.Jessica Irwin, living with cerebral palsy, performs with the Australia Piano Quartet: the UTS Ensemble-in-Residence. Jessica uses eye movements to play an instrument developed by biomechanical engineer Dr Jordan Nguyen, PhD graduate from UTS.

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, narrated by two-time Academy Award® nominated actor Willem Dafoe. 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.

Monsieur Camembert's Leonard Cohen Show

Monsieur Camembert's Leonard Cohen Show

Saturday 26 August, 2017

Camelot Lounge

For 10 years, three time ARIA-winning Monsieur Camembert have been celebrating Leonard Cohen's birthday in Sydney with their unique and original interpretations. For this unmissable City Recital Hall event, the 11-piece line-up will include special guests Deborah Conway, Abby Dobson and Diana Rouvas.

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.

Grieg and Beyond

Grieg and Beyond

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.

Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic

Sunday 10 September, 2017

City Recital Hall

A film about “The Recycled Orchestra”, a group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage, Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music.

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.

Primary Proms: Brindabella

Primary Proms: Brindabella

Monday 18 September, 2017

NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit

The Brindabella Concert of the 2017 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

Primary Proms: Coorong

Primary Proms: Coorong

Tuesday 19 September, 2017

NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit

The Coorong Concert of the 2017 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

Gad Elmaleh

Gad Elmaleh

Tuesday 19 September, 2017

Just For Laughs Sydney

Gad Elmaleh is arguably the biggest and most loved comedic star in France and is making his way to Australia for the very first time. Don’t miss Gad Elmaleh for his first time in Australia!

Primary Proms: Daintree

Primary Proms: Daintree

Wednesday 20 September, 2017

NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit

The Daintree Concert of the 2017 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

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.

Primary Proms: Kakadu

Primary Proms: Kakadu

Thursday 21 September, 2017

NSW Department of Education The Arts Unit

The Kakadu Concert of the 2017 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students in the Centennial Hall of the Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

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.

ALED JONES: ONE VOICE – LIVE IN CONCERT

ALED JONES: ONE VOICE – LIVE IN CONCERT

Monday 2 October, 2017

Live Nation

Live Nation is pleased to announce the return to Australia of Aled Jones for his One Voice – Live in Concert tour.

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, the Australian Tango Academy 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.

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention – one-day pass Saturday

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention – one-day pass Saturday

Saturday 18 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Skepticon Australia 2017 is a two-day ideas festival for anybody and everybody who seeks truth and is ready to question the most recent fad. With many exciting guests including Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Dr Alan Duffy, Captain Dissolution and more.

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention – two-day pass

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention – two-day pass

Saturday 18 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Skepticon Australia 2017 is a two-day ideas festival for anybody and everybody who seeks truth and is ready to question the most recent fad. With many exciting guests including Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Dr Alan Duffy, Captain Dissolution and more.

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention – one-day pass Sunday

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention – one-day pass Sunday

Sunday 19 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Skepticon Australia 2017 is a two-day ideas festival for anybody and everybody who seeks truth and is ready to question the most recent fad. With many exciting guests including Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Dr Alan Duffy, Captain Dissolution and more.

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.