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.

Piers Lane and Tasmin Little In Recital

Piers Lane and Tasmin Little In Recital

Andrew McKinnon Presentations

In one of the most exciting collaborations of 2018, internationally acclaimed Australian piano virtuoso Piers Lane, partners with England’s greatest violinist, Tasmin Little. This will be a recital of dazzling works by some of the world’s best loved composers.

Nicole Car

Nicole Car

Friday 20 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.

Helen Garner’s Savage Self-Scrutiny

Helen Garner’s Savage Self-Scrutiny

Thursday 3 May, 2018

Sydney Writers' Festival

Distinguished by her ability to write with unsparing honesty about both her subjects and herself, Helen Garner speaks with Matthew Condon about the role of observation and self-scrutiny throughout her career.

The Future of Russia

The Future of Russia

Thursday 3 May, 2018

Sydney Writers' Festival

Vladimir Putin biographer and The Future is History author Masha Gessen joins Moscow-based correspondent for The Telegraph, Alec Luhn, to examine the future of Russia with journalist Monica Attard.

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.

Open House

Open House

Thursday 10 May, 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. Supported by Young Henrys.

2by20

2by20

Thursday 10 May, 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.

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.

Grant Me Paradise

Grant Me Paradise

Saturday 19 May, 2018

The Parish Church Of St James

Members of Opera Australia join The Choir of St James’ in a performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. Opera Australia soloists are Annabelle Chaffey, Angela Hogan, Brad Cooper and Malcolm Ede, with Anthony Hunt and Michael Curtain on Piano, and St James’ organist, Alistair Nelson on Harmonium.

David Helfgott

David Helfgott

Saturday 19 May, 2018

Andrew McKinnon Presentations

David Helfgott is one of the world’s best-loved pianists. The hero of the film Shine, in which his remarkable life was portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in an Oscar winning performance, will give an unforgettable birthday recital of popular romantic works.

The Arts Unit In Concert

The Arts Unit In Concert

Tuesday 22 May, 2018 - Wednesday 23 May, 2018

The Arts Unit

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

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.

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: Dare Jennings

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: Dare Jennings

Sunday 27 May, 2018

Vivid Ideas

Founder of Mambo, Phantom records and Deus Ex Machina, Dare Jennings is a global success story. Dare shares the secrets that took Deus from a boys-own adventure to an international empire without losing a shred of credibility. Find out how to create cult brands that cut across age and lifestyles.

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: James Cameron

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: James Cameron

Sunday 27 May, 2018

Vivid Ideas

Meet James Cameron - the highest-grossing filmmaker in history (Avatar, Titanic) and world-renowned deep sea explorer. Cameron is a leading voice globally for the protection of the oceans and of our natural environment. Hear about his unusual career path, bridging science and art, innovating with technology and the scientific discovery, research, and documentation of new life forms his exploration pursuits have enabled.

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.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis Quartet

An Evening with Branford Marsalis Quartet

Saturday 2 June, 2018

The Music House

Renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Marsalis’ blend of artistry, ensemble interplay and the ability to create jazz-club intimacy on a larger stage makes him one of the most compelling performers in the world.

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: The Mark Colvin Conversation

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: The Mark Colvin Conversation

Sunday 3 June, 2018

Vivid Ideas

Are schools and society fostering or stifling imagination? Join Megan Washington, Julia Zemiro, Lucy Clark and Benjamin Law, amongst others, in this lively debate.

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: Dan Goods

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: Dan Goods

Sunday 3 June, 2018

Vivid Ideas

Dan Goods: Seeing the Unseen. As the visual strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and co-founder of the Museum of Awe, Dan Goods fuses art and science into powerful experiences that reveal worlds you never knew were there. His work is shown in museums, festivals, and outer space. Prepare to be amazed.

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: Jane McGonigal and Kriti Sharma

Game Changers and Creative Catalysts: Jane McGonigal and Kriti Sharma

Sunday 3 June, 2018

Vivid Ideas

As Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute of the Future, Jane McGonigal can prove games have the power to transform the way we live our real world lives. She and AI expert Kriti Sharma explore the latest in AI, VR and gaming to ask what kind of society we can create with technology.

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling

Friday 8 June, 2018

Abstract Entertainment

Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling is touring Australia. He will be joined by Australia’s queen of Jazz Emma Pask.

Orange is the new black's "big boo" Lea DeLaria live in concert

Orange is the new black's "big boo" Lea DeLaria live in concert

Saturday 9 June, 2018

City Recital Hall

Lea DeLaria, “Big Boo” on Orange is the New Black brings her live show to Sydney for one night only. With a velvet-smooth voice contrasting perfectly with razor-sharp wit and sassy stage presence, this will be a spectacular performance.

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.

An Evening with Madeleine Peyroux

An Evening with Madeleine Peyroux

Wednesday 13 June, 2018

The Music House

Renowned for her seductively expressive ‘smoke and whisky’ vocals, and hailed as the legitimate successor to blues icon Billie Holiday, French-American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux delivers highly personal interpretations of jazz standards, blues and original works infused with a captivating mélange of folk, country and gospel.

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.

Cantilena – Music Through The Ages

Cantilena – Music Through The Ages

Friday 15 June, 2018

Santa Sabina College

Santa Sabina College proudly presents musicians from Del Monte (P-5) and Year 6-12, including massed items from Year 5, 6 and 7 Classes. Guest performers include The King's School Choir and Mr Paul Jarman (Australian Composer).

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 Horn Concerto No.3 & Linz Symphony

Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.3 & Linz Symphony

Thursday 12 July, 2018

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

SSO Principal Horn, Ben Jacks, is the star in one of Mozart’s exhilarating horn concertos. 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.

Young Performers Awards Semi-Finals: Two Day Pass

Young Performers Awards Semi-Finals: Two Day Pass

Monday 16 July, 2018

ABC and Music and Opera Singers Trust

2018 Young Performers Awards: an experience beyond music. Don't miss your chance to be in the audience to hear the most outstanding instrumentalists in the country demonstrate their incredible skill in a series of unforgettable recitals.

Young Performers Awards Semi-Finals: Day One Pass

Young Performers Awards Semi-Finals: Day One Pass

Monday 16 July, 2018

ABC and Music and Opera Singers Trust

2018 Young Performers Awards: an experience beyond music. Don't miss your chance to be in the audience to hear the most outstanding instrumentalists in the country demonstrate their incredible skill in a series of unforgettable recitals.

Young Performers Awards Semi-Finals: Single Session Passes

Young Performers Awards Semi-Finals: Single Session Passes

Monday 16 July, 2018 - Tuesday 17 July, 2018

ABC and Music and Opera Singers Trust

2018 Young Performers Awards: an experience beyond music. Don't miss your chance to be in the audience to hear the most outstanding instrumentalists in the country demonstrate their incredible skill in a series of unforgettable recitals.

Young Performers Awards Semi-Finals: Day Two Pass

Young Performers Awards Semi-Finals: Day Two Pass

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

ABC and Music and Opera Singers Trust

2018 Young Performers Awards: an experience beyond music. Don't miss your chance to be in the audience to hear the most outstanding instrumentalists in the country demonstrate their incredible skill in a series of unforgettable recitals.

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Mental Health

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Mental Health

Wednesday 18 July, 2018

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

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.

Mad for Love

Mad for Love

Thursday 19 July, 2018

Andrew McKinnon Presentations

Soprano superstar Sumi Jo will perform a thrilling program of passionate song entitled Mad for Love, with José Carbó, one of Australia’s best-loved baritones, and acclaimed pianist Guy Noble.

My Friend The Chocolate Cake: The Winter Revival Tour

My Friend The Chocolate Cake: The Winter Revival Tour

Saturday 21 July, 2018

My Friend The Chocolate Cake

The quintessentially Australian chamber pop noir group take to the road this winter performing songs from their highly acclaimed 2017 album 'The Revival Meeting', alongside some old favourites. “The six-piece's sound is a seamless fusion of baroque pop, world music melodies, and ambient textures" - The Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Saints and Revelation

Saints and Revelation

Saturday 28 July, 2018

The Parish Church Of St James

Celebrate the season of the Feast of St James’, with English composer, Patrick Hawes’ evocative work Revelation, William Walton’s The Twelve, and other music written for saints.

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.

Cease all tears

Cease all tears

Saturday 15 September, 2018

The Parish Church Of St James

Themes of mortality, remembrance and everlasting life are explored in a programme of ‘In memoriam’ music with works by Howells, Josquin and Rutter.

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 by Guy Noble.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.