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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…

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.

2x20

2x20

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.

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.

Robyn Archer: Que Reste T’il (What Remains?)

Robyn Archer: Que Reste T’il (What Remains?)

Friday 17 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Following a sell-out season at Griffin Theatre in July, Robyn Archer and her musicians bring her classic ‘French’ cabaret show back to Sydney for one night only. Featuring a selection of French greats Piaf, Trenet and Brel, this will be a rare experience to hear Archer reimagine the French repertoire.

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 Disillusion and more.

SKEPTICON DAY 1 SESSION 1: DR KARL, LAWRENCE LEUNG & BRITT HERMES

SKEPTICON DAY 1 SESSION 1: DR KARL, LAWRENCE LEUNG & BRITT HERMES

Saturday 18 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

This session kicks off the huge Skepticon weekend with an address by the Australian Skeptics’ President Eran Segev. Beloved Australian scientist and national treasure, Dr Karl will start off the speakers, followed by former naturopath Britt Hermes.

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention

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 Disillusion and more.

SKEPTICON DAY 1 SESSION 2: MYTHBUSTING, GUILTY AS CHARGED & JOURNEY TO MARS

SKEPTICON DAY 1 SESSION 2: MYTHBUSTING, GUILTY AS CHARGED & JOURNEY TO MARS

Saturday 18 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Skepticon day one continues with session two and Dr Brad McKay, Sonya Pemberton and Alan Melikdjanian a.k.a Captain Disillusion. They’ll be followed by The Checkout star Kate Browne, and Australia’s favourite astrophysicist, Alan Duffy.

SKEPTICON DAY 1 SESSION 3: ANTI-VAX, MEDIA PANEL, LIBERALISM & COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

SKEPTICON DAY 1 SESSION 3: ANTI-VAX, MEDIA PANEL, LIBERALISM & COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

Saturday 18 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Skepticon day one, session three rounds off the first day with vaccination campaigner Catherine Hughes and the Cognitive Dissonance podcast.

SKEPTICON DAY 2 SESSION 1: ADAM SPENCER, LEIGH NICHOLSON & WAR ON WASTE

SKEPTICON DAY 2 SESSION 1: ADAM SPENCER, LEIGH NICHOLSON & WAR ON WASTE

Sunday 19 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Day Two, Session One dives straight into more question and controversy with an introduction by host Lawrence Leung, followed by Mathematician and comedian Adam Spencer. Cancer researcher Leigh Nicholson, and the War on Waste’s Craig Reucassel, Stephen Oliver and Jodi Boylan will round off the session.

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 Disillusion and more.

SKEPTICON DAY 2 SESSION 2: ENERGY PANEL & CARA SANTA MARIA

SKEPTICON DAY 2 SESSION 2: ENERGY PANEL & CARA SANTA MARIA

Sunday 19 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Skepticon day two,session two continues with Kathy Marks and Marcus Strom. They’ll be followed by international science communicator Cara Santa Maria, and a musical performance by Rhian Sheehan.

SKEPTICON DAY 2 SESSION 3: CAPTAIN DISILLUSION & VYOM SHARMA

SKEPTICON DAY 2 SESSION 3: CAPTAIN DISILLUSION & VYOM SHARMA

Sunday 19 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Day two, session three begins with the Australian Skeptics and their Skeptics Award presentations. Then, jump straight from debunking viral videos with Captain Disillusion, to debunking pseudoscience with doctor and magician Dr Vyom Sharma.

SKEPTICON DAY 2 SESSION 4: RUTH ELLISON & THE SCATHING ATHEIST PODCAST

SKEPTICON DAY 2 SESSION 4: RUTH ELLISON & THE SCATHING ATHEIST PODCAST

Sunday 19 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Day Two, Session Four propels Skepticon into the realm of religion and indoctrination. Cult survivor Ruth Ellison begins the session, setting the stage for the Scathing Atheist podcast to follow, with all their usual snark and satire. The Australian Skeptics’ President Eran Segev will provide the closing remarks.

Jason Silva: Awestruck

Jason Silva: Awestruck

Sunday 19 November, 2017

City Recital Hall

Beloved science explainer, futurist and self-described ‘epiphany addict’ Jason Silva will leave you Awestruck as he delves into scientific innovation, challenging creativity, innovation and the co-evolution of humans and technology.

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.

Messiah

Messiah

Saturday 16 December, 2017 - Sunday 17 December, 2017

Radio Community Chest

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

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil

Saturday 17 February, 2018

Sydney Writers' Festival

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

Beethoven By Ballot

Beethoven By Ballot

Tuesday 13 March, 2018

Selby & Friends

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

Pastoral Melodies: With Sydney Chamber Choir

Pastoral Melodies: With Sydney Chamber Choir

Sunday 25 March, 2018

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

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

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

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

Tuesday 27 March, 2018

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

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

Celebrating the works of Markopoulos

Celebrating the works of Markopoulos

Friday 27 April, 2018

City Recital Hall

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'.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.