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Nelson Mass

Nelson Mass

Saturday 1st October, 2016

Sydney Chamber Choir and orchestra seventeen88

Haydn’s response to a world in turmoil was music of serenity, confidence and joy. His choral masterpiece, the Nelson Mass, is accompanied here on period instruments by Orchestra Seventeen88, who will also perform Haydn’s sparkling 'London' Symphony. Ross Edwards’ Missa Alchera reveals deep connections between time, ritual, place and the Dreaming of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

Mad About Mozart

Mad About Mozart

Thursday 6th October, 2016

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Hear Mozart at his finest alongside two appealing contemporary pieces that will put the Goldner String Quartet in the spotlight as 'soloist'. At the centre of the program is a symphony by the 18-year-old Mozart - this is brilliant music with the sounds of oboes, horns and trumpets to add to its convivial drama. Music to rave about!

Lezhneva Baroque Brilliance

Lezhneva Baroque Brilliance

Saturday 8th October, 2016 - Tuesday 18th October, 2016

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Although only 25, Julia Lezhneva has earned standing ovations internationally for her poise and prowess as a performer of the most challenging repertoire. Julia Lezhneva's voice is impeccably suited to the intricacy and passion of the Baroque masters.

Benjamin Beilman & Andrew Tyson

Benjamin Beilman & Andrew Tyson

Monday 10th October, 2016 - Saturday 15th October, 2016

Musica Viva

In one of the most exciting classical music debuts of the year, two award-winning young stars make their first recital tour of Australia.

Soundquriang 3: Symphony of Indonesia

Soundquriang 3: Symphony of Indonesia

Friday 14th October, 2016

PPIA Macquarie University

Soundquriang is the largest annual event held by PPIA Macquarie (Indonesian Student’s Association), promoting Indonesian art and culture to the community through vibrant music. The name 'Soundquriang' combines the element of "sound" and the epic Indonesian legend of "Sangkuriang".

A Season of Song: Songs of Fire and Ice

A Season of Song: Songs of Fire and Ice

Saturday 15th October, 2016

The Parish Church of St James'

The Choir of St James’ presents an evocative selection of choral music spanning almost 500 years associated with nature and the elements, including Brumel’s stunning Earthquake Mass. Brumel’s glorious masterpiece is of complex musical architecture and monumental proportions, written in 12 parts and constructed from an Easter plainsong melody.

Hoang Plays Brahms & Rachmaninoff

Hoang Plays Brahms & Rachmaninoff

Sunday 16th October, 2016

Arts Fusion

From refugee boat to concert pianist, Hoang Pham's life remains an inspiration to many. But it is the music that matters most to Hoang and on stage, in the intimacy of the solo recital, his talent and dedication to playing the piano shines. Experience Hoang's dazzling virtuosity and poetry in this program of music by Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

A Little Lunch Music 2016

A Little Lunch Music 2016

Monday 17th October, 2016

City Recital Hall

A Little Lunch Music program is back in 2016, 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.

Metamorphoses

Metamorphoses

Monday 17th October, 2016

Australian String Quartet

One of Mozart’s last, with Ligeti’s first, and Ravel’s only string quartet makes captivating listening – unique, fresh bold and beautiful.

Love Songs: Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky

Love Songs: Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky

Saturday 22nd October, 2016

City Recital Hall

Join one of Australia’s most cherished and acclaimed performers Kate Ceberano and close musical partner Paul Grabowsky for an unforgettable evening of music and song. In this perfect pairing of Ceberano’s versatile voice and Grabowsky’s masterful piano playing, the duo performs faithful reinterpretations of some of the great love songs of the past 50 years.

Jayson Gillham in Recital

Jayson Gillham in Recital

Monday 24th October, 2016

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Winner of the 2014 Montreal International Music Competition, Jayson Gillham is a rising star on the international piano scene. He returns to his native Australia with a recital program that contrasts the intricate brilliance of the Baroque style with the almost ‘orchestral’ sound of the 19th-century piano.

IQ2 Debate: Privacy Is Not For Children

IQ2 Debate: Privacy Is Not For Children

Tuesday 25th October, 2016

The Ethics Centre

Only once we’re adults do we clearly see the foolishness of our youth. Some worry the internet makes the costs of inexperience higher than ever. Do we risk too much by giving minors a right to privacy in the digital age? Or do we unfairly inhibit children and teens by prying into their business?

AVI AVITAL

AVI AVITAL

Wednesday 26th October, 2016 - Friday 4th November, 2016

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

“combine[s] virtuosity on an instrument with generous helpings of onstage charisma … Avi Avital gave a performance of 18th-century Italian concertos … that was nothing short of electric.” New York Times March 2015

The Bawdy and Refined Dance

The Bawdy and Refined Dance

Wednesday 26th October, 2016

Salut! Baroque

“But musick in this Age … is in low esteem with the generality of People. Our late and Solemn Musick … is now justled out of Esteem by the new Corants and Jigs … to the grief of all sober and judicious Understanders of that formerly solid and good Musick.” John Playford, Introduction to the Skill of Musick, 1654 Salut! Baroque, one of Australia’s foremost baroque music ensembles performs music by Telemann, Playford, Prætorius and Scarlatti.

Alexandre’s Playlist

Alexandre’s Playlist

Tuesday 1st November, 2016

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Principal Cor Anglais Alexandre Oguey shares the music that has inspired him from his early days in his native Switzerland to today, and some of the works also showcase this distinctive instrument. After the concert, join us at the bar and meet the musicians!

Three Parts Mozart

Three Parts Mozart

Thursday 3rd November, 2016

Omega Ensemble

Bassoonist Ben Hoadley brings Mozart’s earliest wind concerto to life, delivering the fresh and engaging character sketch with aplomb. The much-loved Clarinet Concerto is subtler but no less eloquent under the direction of renowned clarinetist Paul Meyer. The celebration concludes with Mozart’s deeply personal Symphony in G minor.

Tallis Scholars

Tallis Scholars

Saturday 5th November, 2016 - Saturday 5th November, 2016

City Recital Hall, Orchestral Manoeuvres and Maxima Artist Management

World-renowned British early music vocal ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, embark on their first national tour of Australia this year. They have established themselves as the most authoritative and eminent interpreters of Renaissance sacred music throughout the world, resetting the bar for a cappella music.

Conversations with Naomi Klein

Conversations with Naomi Klein

Wednesday 9th November, 2016

Sydney Peace Foundation and Sydney Environment Institute

World renowned journalist and 2016 Sydney Peace Prize winner Naomi Klein speaks with climate scientists, union representatives and Indigenous activists about capitalism and climate justice. Together, this panel will explore the impact of climate change in Australia and the need for a transition to a post-carbon Australia that cares for the earth and one another.

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!

Trio Dali

Trio Dali

Saturday 12th November, 2016 - Monday 14th November, 2016

Musica Viva

Trio Dali is an ensemble of soloists, who come together for the love of playing chamber music. Together they have chosen some favourite works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Roger Smalley, Beethoven and Chausson.

A Piece of Quiet

A Piece of Quiet

Tuesday 15th November, 2016

City Recital Hall and The Hush Foundation

Lior, The Idea of North, and Elena Kats-Chernin create a unique and beautiful musical collaboration around the imaginings of Australian children for The Hush Foundation’s 2016 album: A Piece Of Quiet.

Beethoven Finale

Beethoven Finale

Friday 18th November, 2016 - Wednesday 23rd November, 2016

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The ACO’s 2016 journey through the late quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven culminates with a presentation of the composer’s own favourite, String Quartet Op.131, the epitome of his later style: expansive, visceral, and utterly affecting. Wagner said that “it floats over the sorrows of the world”.

Sumi Jo: A Tribute to Maria Callas

Sumi Jo: A Tribute to Maria Callas

Monday 21st November, 2016

Andrew McKinnon Presents

One of the world’s most adored coloratura sopranos, Sumi Jo, presents a tribute to the legendary diva synonymous with Bel Canto, Maria Callas. Audiences will have the opportunity to hear greatly loved works associated with Maria Callas as well as many of Sumi Jo’s other favourite arias and songs.

Handel's Theodora

Handel's 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.

A Season of Song: Songs of Yule

A Season of Song: Songs of Yule

Saturday 10th December, 2016

The Parish Church of St James'

Awardwinning artist Teddy Tahu Rhodes has established an international career on both the opera stage and concert platform. He has performed with, among others, the opera companies of San Francisco, New York; at the Bayerische Staatsoper/Munich and Théâtre-du Châtelet/Paris; with Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

Voices of Angels: STARS

Voices of Angels: STARS

Monday 12th December, 2016 - Tuesday 13th December, 2016

City Recital Hall

City Recital Hall and Gondwana Choirs invite you to Sydney’s favourite festive season musical event, Voices of Angels STARS. This special production highlights the sublime sound of the Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices in music evoking the majesty of stars and the grandeur of night.

NOËL! NOËL! 2016

NOËL! NOËL! 2016

Wednesday 14th December, 2016 - Saturday 17th December, 2016

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

If any single concert sums up the spirit of the Brandenburg, it is the annual Noël! Noël! concerts with the glorious Brandenburg Choir.

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

Saturday 17th December, 2016 - Sunday 18th December, 2016

Radio Community Chest

Radio Community Chest presents Handel’s immortal oratorio Messiah for the 76th consecutive year at Sydney Town Hall. These breathtaking performances feature the 400-voice Combined Churches Choir, the Sydney Town Hall grand organ played by Peter Kneeshaw, an orchestra conducted by Tim Chung and soloists Ashlee Woodgate, Barbara Jin, Paul Sutton and Tristan Entwistle.

A Dickensian Christmas

A Dickensian Christmas

Sunday 18th December, 2016

Andrew McKinnon Presents

Since December 1843, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been synonymous with the spirit of Christmas. Acclaimed actor Tama Matheson brings to life the timeless characters of Charles Dickens’ story. Australia’s favourite bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and the Australian Youth Choir will enhance this festive program with their performances of popular carols.

Deva Premal & Miten In Concert with Manose

Deva Premal & Miten In Concert with Manose

Tuesday 7th February, 2017

Chris Hooper Promotions

A special evening of inspiring chants and music to calm the nerves and nourish the spirit. Join Deva Premal, Miten and Manose for an uplifting experience of mantra, song and meditation.

Youth and the Dance

Youth and the Dance

Wednesday 8th March, 2017

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends’ 2017 season-opener celebrates the glorious diversity of piano trios presented by pianist Kathryn Selby, brilliant Australian rising star, violinist Grace Clifford, and bravura American cellist Clancy Newman in youthful works by Beethoven and Saint-Saens and climaxing with Dvořák’s ever-popular ‘Dumky’ Trio. A season opener to truly relish!

By Arrangement

By Arrangement

Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

Selby & Friends

‘By Arrangement’ – an extraordinary glance back to another era when composers and their colleagues arranged popular orchestral works for piano trio so music lovers could enjoy their favourite music in their own home! Works by Haydn, Beethoven and Ravel are presented by SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron, ACO Principal Cellist Timo-Veikko Valve and pianist Kathryn Selby.

Rameau: Anacréon & Pigmalion

Rameau: Anacréon & Pigmalion

Thursday 15th June, 2017 - Tuesday 20th June, 2017

Pinchgut Opera

Celebrate in the delights of love and booze this winter with an impeccably crafted triple bill curated by Pinchgut Opera’s artistic director Erin Helyard. Showcasing some of Rameau’s most deliciously perfect and joyous music, contrasted with an Italian intermezzo in the style of the period. Taryn Fiebig leads an outstanding cast of party-goers dedicated to entertaining you this winter.

Proud Folk

Proud Folk

Thursday 13th July, 2017

Selby & Friends

Selby & Friends takes listeners on a musical journey with three great Nationalists with three diverse piano trios. Dvořák, Ravel and Elena Kats-Chernin invite us to immerse ourselves in the culture of their beloved homelands by introducing us to a private, revolutionary folkloric language. Pianist Kathryn Selby, brilliant Australian violinist Natalie Chee and iconic cellist Julian Smiles present this spectacular winter program.

Basically Beethoven #4

Basically Beethoven #4

Thursday 21st 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.

Quattro

Quattro

Thursday 2nd 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.

Coronation of Poppea

Coronation of Poppea

Thursday 30th November, 2017 - Wednesday 6th 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 and Korean-American Countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim.