City Recital Hall

What’s On

Sol3 Mio

Sol3 Mio

Frontier Touring

New Zealand’s immensely popular Sol3 Mio return to Australia with their unique blend of sublime opera and easy humour. The world renowned trio will introduce their new album On Another Note; a refreshing slant on both contemporary tunes and the classics.

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis

Monday 31st August, 2015 - Saturday 12th September, 2015

Musica Viva

Master pianist Paul Lewis explores the musical connections of Brahms’ youthful Ballades and Beethoven's last, epic, piano sonatas.

Chamber Works Series 2015

Chamber Works Series 2015

Tuesday 1st September, 2015 - Tuesday 27th October, 2015

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The SCM Chamber Works Series features highly acclaimed faculty and guests performing in smaller ensembles presenting a wide range of repertoire.

A Little Lunch Music 2015

A Little Lunch Music 2015

Wednesday 2nd September, 2015 - Thursday 29th October, 2015

City Recital Hall

A Little Lunch Music program is back in 2015, showcasing some of Sydney's finest musicians for a perfect lunch time break of 50 minutes. For only $15, enjoy a variation of world class performances of the highest calibre in the heart of Sydney's CBD.

Abundance

Abundance

Wednesday 2nd September, 2015

Australian String Quartet

Life, love and new beginnings are celebrated with a new work by Matthew Hindson alongside string quartets by Mozart and Webern ending in Smetana’s story From my life.

Greenway Series 2015

Greenway Series 2015

Thursday 3rd September, 2015 - Monday 19th October, 2015

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The SCM Greenway Series, named in honour of the original architect of the Conservatorium building, is our premier orchestral program and provides an opportunity for talented young musicians to present classical masterpieces through to new and exciting works.

Jazz in the Cafe 2015

Jazz in the Cafe 2015

Monday 7th September, 2015 - Monday 12th October, 2015

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

From trios to big band, if you like jazz, this is the place to be. Come and experience everything jazz has to offer over a glass of wine in the café or in one of our recital halls.

IQ2 Debates

IQ2 Debates

Tuesday 8th September, 2015 - Tuesday 27th October, 2015

The Ethics Centre

Is it time to exercise restraint in our sexual lives? Could we save ourselves a whole lot of pain by controlling our desires and working toward a more modest culture?

Mozart's Fortepiano

Mozart's Fortepiano

Wednesday 9th September, 2015 - Saturday 19th September, 2015

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Loved by players and audiences alike, Kristian Bezuidenhout is part of the Brandenburg family. To honour this connection, and Bezuidenhout’s continued ascendency in the music world, Paul Dyer took great pleasure in offering him the opportunity to guest direct and conduct a concert series in 2015.Family, both literal and musical, play an important role in the program Bezuidenhout has devised, starting with two wonderful sinfonias by J.S. Bach’s oldest and youngest children: the more traditional W.F. Bach, who worked in the style of his father; and the more contemporary J.C. Bach – whose compositions had a direct influence on Mozart’s concerto style.

Antilogy

Antilogy

Thursday 10th September, 2015

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends presents its annual program celebrating chamber music across time and space. With works by Australian, French and German composers spanning three centuries, the program delves into music of the Romantic, Impressionistic and contemporary Australian repertoire.

A Spectrum of Song Series: Songs of Inspiration from Baroque to Broadway

A Spectrum of Song Series: Songs of Inspiration from Baroque to Broadway

Thursday 10th September, 2015

The Parish Church of St James'

In this beguiling concert renowned soprano Yvonne Kenny will explore music of European heritage, including Celtic elements. The programme will include sacred pieces and folk songs as well as works from the lieder and opera/operetta traditions.

2015 Primary Proms

2015 Primary Proms

Monday 14th September, 2015 - Thursday 17th September, 2015

The Arts Unit

The 2015 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.

Chamber to Charleston

Chamber to Charleston

Thursday 17th September, 2015

Omega Ensemble

Daniel de Borah (piano) and the Omega Ensemble journey through the early twentieth century from romanticism to jazz.

Mozart's Last Symphonies

Mozart's Last Symphonies

Tuesday 29th September, 2015 - Saturday 3rd October, 2015

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Richard Tognetti leads the ACO in an all-Mozart program, featuring the composers last 3 symphonies, composed in a surge of inspiration between June and August 1788.

Ensemble Offspring

Ensemble Offspring

Friday 2nd October, 2015

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Presented by Sydney Conservatorium of Music for the Musicological Society of Australia 2015 Conference Sydney’s musical mavericks, Ensemble Offspring, bring you virtuosic solos by minimalist heroes Steve Reich, Michael Gordon and Nico Muhly, alongside two Australian trios—a world premiere from Brisbane composer Christopher Perren, and the Fractured Again Suite by the group’s co-Artistic Director Damien Ricketson.

The Cunning Little Vixen

The Cunning Little Vixen

Friday 2nd October, 2015 - Saturday 3rd October, 2015

Pacific Opera, Sydney Youth Orchestras and Sydney Grammar

One of greatest operas of the 20th century The Cunning Little Vixen tells the delightful tale of a mischievous fox. Bouncing with comic moments and humanity it celebrates the cycle of life and death and the restorative powers of nature.

Centenary Festival 2015

Centenary Festival 2015

Tuesday 6th October, 2015 - Sunday 11th October, 2015

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The SCM Centenary Festival is a week-long celebration of the very best music from the Conservatorium featuring our students and staff and guest alumni performers.

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

Thursday 8th October, 2015

Live Nation

October will herald the much-anticipated return to Australian soil of pioneering virtuoso guitarist John McLaughlin, for headline performances in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, together with a previously announced appearance at Melbourne Festival.

Modigliani Quartet

Modigliani Quartet

Saturday 10th October, 2015 - Monday 12th October, 2015

Musica Viva

One of the top French quartets of their generation, the Modigliani Quartet perform a selection of masterpieces by Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven and Westlake.

Simon Tedeschi, Piano

Simon Tedeschi, Piano

Sunday 11th October, 2015

City Recital Hall

World-renowned Australian pianist, Simon Tedeschi presents an exquisite all-Russian programme of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and one of the greatest works in keyboard literature, Mussorgsky’s masterpiece, Pictures at an Exhibition. Experience the powerful virtuosity and captivating magic of one of our country’s finest artists in this afternoon of iconic, Russian classical music. Make an afternoon of it! Join us for Devonshire Tea prior to the concert from 2pm. Tickets: $10 (City Recital Hall Members: free)

Opera Series 2015

Opera Series 2015

Monday 12th October, 2015 - Saturday 17th October, 2015

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

In 2015 the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, one of the oldest and most prestigious music schools in Australia, is celebrating its 100th birthday. To mark this historic milestone and 100 years of music teaching and performance, the Con and the University of Sydney will present a number of special fanfare events featuring concerts, music premieres and exceptional guest musicians.

Louis' Legacy

Louis' Legacy

Wednesday 21st October, 2015

Salut! Baroque

Salut! presents a concert of French Baroque music by composers Couperin, Corrette, Boismortier, Marais and Charpentier.

Riccardo Minasi

Riccardo Minasi

Wednesday 28th October, 2015 - Friday 6th November, 2015

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Guest Director Riccardo Minasi is a fearless yet lyrical Italian baroque violinist and one of the worlds most in demand musical figures. For this Brandenburg series he has selected a program of music of personal resonance, centering on the music of baroque Naples. An important centre of music and culture in the baroque period, Naples was home to these brilliant yet now unfamiliar composers whose work remains vital and influential. Revel with the Neopolitans!

Transcend

Transcend

Thursday 29th October, 2015

Australian String Quartet

Death and the Maiden is a dramatic climax, and setting the scene is the “Spanish Mozart” - Juan Cristosomo de Arriaga, followed by the Australian premiere of Brett Dean’s And once I played Ophelia.

The all Leunig Song Almanac

The all Leunig Song Almanac

Sunday 1st November, 2015

The Song Company

To ring out the old year and ring in the new, The Song Company presents 12 new songs and 12 stories, one for each month.

MOZART IN THE CITY SERIES: Mozart and the Brits

MOZART IN THE CITY SERIES: Mozart and the Brits

Thursday 5th November, 2015

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

In this concert we have two supreme masters taking inspiration from a teacher or idol. Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue influenced by his beloved JS Bach and Benjamin Britten paying homage to his teacher Frank Bridge. Finishing with a double violin concerto by another Brit, Malcolm Arnold, this concert is a virtuosic powerhouse for the strings of the SSO.

Jeff Kinney and Andy Griffiths Live

Jeff Kinney and Andy Griffiths Live

Sunday 8th November, 2015

Sydney Writers' Festival

Sydney Writers' Festival presents bestselling authors Jeff Kinney and Andy Griffiths in a Once in a Lifetime Event.

Eggner Trio

Eggner Trio

Monday 9th November, 2015 - Saturday 14th November, 2015

Musica Viva

Three brothers return to Musica Viva with a program full of warmth and passion, through works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Dulcie Holland, Brahms and Dvořák.

DISCOVERY SERIES: Discover Richard Strauss - Death and Transfiguration

DISCOVERY SERIES: Discover Richard Strauss - Death and Transfiguration

Tuesday 10th November, 2015

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Death and Transfiguration traces the journey of a human soul through the darkness of suffering to the sunny fields of fulfilment and enlightenment. Richard Gill leads us on a profound journey of imagination – enormously dramatic, powerfully emotive and daubed with vivid orchestral colour. Inspirational!

My Latin Heart

My Latin Heart

Thursday 12th November, 2015

City Recital Hall

A celebration of Latin passion and sumptuous music, Australia’s premier baritone José Carbó and guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan pay tribute to the music of Argentina in a spectacular programme of Latin favourites and Tangos including Piazzolla’s Ave Maria and Mi Buenos Aires Querido.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Monday 16th November, 2015

Omega Ensemble

A seasonal favourite for young and old Omega Ensemble present a very special arrangement of The Nutcracker for chamber ensemble.

Basically Beethoven

Basically Beethoven

Tuesday 24th November, 2015

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends ends the season with a special program of chamber music by Beethoven. Following the enormous success of an all-Beethoven program in 2014 in conjunction with ABC Classic FM, S&F has invited the concertmaster of both the Melbourne and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, Australian Dale Barltrop, to join Timo-Veikko Valve and Kathryn Selby for this brilliant program.

L'Amant Jaloux (The Jealous Lover) by Grétry

L'Amant Jaloux (The Jealous Lover) by Grétry

Thursday 3rd December, 2015 - Tuesday 8th December, 2015

Pinchgut Opera

Sydney's summer starts with hijinks and hilarity in Grétry's L'amant Jaloux (‘The Jealous Lover'). One of the greatest comedies of the 18th century, this opera had Parisians rolling in the aisles. Ed Lyon makes his Sydney debut having previously appeared at the Hobart Baroque festival in 2013.

A Spectrum of Song Series: Songs of Jubilation

A Spectrum of Song Series: Songs of Jubilation

Thursday 10th December, 2015

The Parish Church of St James'

The Choir of St James’ and Australian Baroque Brass serve up a sumptuous and exhilarating celebration of Christmas with music by Praetorius and other German Renaissance composers. Interspersed with Gregorian chant, this setting of the mass is a splendid synthesis of different musical forms, cleverly incorporating liturgical and secular elements framed by a Christmas motif.

Noël! Noël!

Noël! Noël!

Wednesday 16th December, 2015 - Saturday 19th December, 2015

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

A breathtakingly beautiful Christmas, Noël! Noël! is filled with surprises and musical treasures from around the world and across the ages. From the modern to the medieval, old favourites and glorious new interpretations, don’t miss this rich and festive event.

Occupy Card

Occupy Card

Thursday 31st December, 2015

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Whether you’re treating yourself or searching for a present with a difference, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Occupy Card is your ultimate ticket to music in 2015 – our Centenary year!

Varied Virtues

Varied Virtues

Thursday 25th February, 2016

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends opens its illustrious 10th anniversary season celebrating the glorious diversity of piano trios and duos composed over the course of just one century with a program built around the musical form of the Variation. Pianist Kathryn Selby is joined here by SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve.

Just 'C'

Just 'C'

Thursday 14th April, 2016

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends’ second concert program of its 10th anniversary year embodies the fascination with the piano trio genre. Built around the play on the letter ‘C’, the program presents works by Copland, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Shostakovich with Susie Park and Clancy Newman joining pianist Kathryn Selby.

Musical Offering

Musical Offering

Tuesday 14th June, 2016

Selby & Friends

For their third concert of 2016, S&F presents gorgeous violin and cello sonatas by Schumann and Brahms plus two piano trios by Schubert and award-winning Australian composer Julian Yu with a nod back to Bach. Pianist Selby and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve perform with special guest and rising star Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi.

Armida

Armida

Wednesday 22nd June, 2016 - Tuesday 28th June, 2016

Pinchgut Opera

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned... The sorceress Armida has cast her web of seduction over the Crusader knight Rinaldo: caught in her enchantments, he has abandoned his Christian comrades and thrown in his lot with the enemy, just to be with her. But this time Armida has gone too far, unleashing a force beyond her control: the power of love.

Basically Beethoven #3

Basically Beethoven #3

Thursday 22nd September, 2016

Selby & Friends

S&F’s hugely popular foray into the chamber music of Beethoven is revisited again with iconic Australian stars Dene Olding and Julian Smiles who join Kathryn Selby in a wonderful selection of the master’s violin and cello sonatas and piano trios. Not to be missed!

Sheer Nylon

Sheer Nylon

Thursday 10th November, 2016

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends’ final concert of their 10th anniversary season is an explosion of piano trio delights from Brahms, Schubert, a rare virtuosic chamber work by Liszt and Australian composer Gerard Brophy from which the program takes its name. Join Kathryn Selby, Julian Smiles and brilliant violinist Daniel Dodds in this final concert for 2016!

Theodora

Theodora

Wednesday 30th November, 2016 - Tuesday 6th December, 2016

Pinchgut Opera

All appeals for mercy have fallen on deaf ears. The execution of the two prisoners will proceed. The beautiful Theodora has inspired many to embrace the Christian faith – including the Roman officer Didymus, who has fallen deeply in love with her. When the order comes through that all Christians are to be arrested and executed, the two lovers find themselves locked in a battle to the death: each determined to sacrifice their own life to save the other.