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Handel's Theodora

Handel's Theodora

Saturday 3 December, 2016 - Tuesday 6 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 10 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 12 December, 2016 - Tuesday 13 December, 2016

City Recital Hall and Gondwana Choirs

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 14 December, 2016 - Saturday 17 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 17 December, 2016 - Sunday 18 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 18 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.

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall

Christmas at Sydney Town Hall

Tuesday 20 December, 2016

City Of Sydney

The magnificent Grand Organ and the stunning sandstone surroundings make this very traditional annual affair of carol singing, festive music and readings a memorable night for the whole family with massed choir, children’s choir and Navy Band.

Ane Brun

Ane Brun

Saturday 7 January, 2017

Sydney Festival

It’s all about the voice: crystal clear, powerful, breathtaking. She’s breathed new life into songs like Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ and duetted with Peter Gabriel on a revitalised ‘Don’t Give Up’. Performing solo amidst a transforming visual backdrop, Brun reveals dynamics that span from melancholy and jazzy right through to playful, sunny pop.

Sydney Flash Mob Choir

Sydney Flash Mob Choir

Monday 9 January, 2017

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…

Rautavaara

Rautavaara

Wednesday 11 January, 2017

Sydney Festival

A tribute to one of the best-loved modern composers, Einojuhani Rautavaara – transporting listeners to strange and incredible dreamscapes. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey perform his most popular and enduring work, the majestic Cantus arcticus, along with Isle of Bliss and his seventh symphony Angel of Light.

Lloyd Cole: The Retrospective

Lloyd Cole: The Retrospective

Sunday 15 January, 2017

Troubadour Music

Lloyd Cole has established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of his generation. To celebrate the release of his new 1983-1996 anthology, Lloyd performs songs exclusively from this classic period in an intimate acoustic setting.

Nicole Lizée With The Australian Art Orchestra

Nicole Lizée With The Australian Art Orchestra

Thursday 19 January, 2017

Sydney Festival

Nicole Lizée is a celebrated composer from Montreal who brings pop, rave culture, cult cinema and psychedelia into the realm of classical music. Performing with the acclaimed Australian Art Orchestra, the show features a diverse repertoire that includes turntablism, the Australian premiere of Lizée’s David Lynch Études, an homage to 1980s video games and a glitched up karaoke performance.

Alim Qasimov Ensemble

Alim Qasimov Ensemble

Saturday 21 January, 2017

Sydney Festival

Alim Qasimov is the world’s most accomplished practitioner of the sublime Azerbaijani classical style, mugham. With a six-piece ensemble that includes his equally prolific daughter Fargana and traditional instruments from their homeland, they weave improvised passages through intricate folk songs to create an ecstatic night for the soul.

Dalmatica: Chants of the Adriatic

Dalmatica: Chants of the Adriatic

Sunday 22 January, 2017

Sydney Festival

Medieval sacred choral music from the banks of the Adriatic, full of haunting chants and intricate harmonic layers. Dalamtica pairs the award-winning early music ensemble, Dialogos with Kantaduri, a group of six Croatian cantors to bring to life a rich and rarely heard choral tradition.

Lubomyr Melnyk

Lubomyr Melnyk

Saturday 28 January, 2017

Sydney Festival

Lauded for his ability to create a symphony of sound with a single instrument, enigmatic Ukrainian composer Lubomyr Melnyk has spent the past 40 years developing his unique piano technique. Describing it as “continuous music”, he combines the soaring density of post-rock and the virtuosic delicacy of minimal-classical. The results are dizzying, transcendental and lush.

Victory Lap

Victory Lap

Thursday 2 February, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

A concert featuring two great masters of the Classical era: Mozart and Haydn. Haydn’s Symphony No.68 bears testament to the great composer’s inventiveness and wit, and Andrey Gugnin, winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, performs a delicate and introspective concerto by Mozart in his first engagement with the SSO.

Deva Premal & Miten In Concert with Manose

Deva Premal & Miten In Concert with Manose

Tuesday 7 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.

Murder & Redemption

Murder & Redemption

Wednesday 8 February, 2017 - Tuesday 14 February, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sex. Adultery. Betrayal. Murder. Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata has it all. And Janáček’s musical rendering of this scandalous tale serves as the thread for this innovative opening to the ACO 2017 season. Celebrated Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto is joined by American folk hero Sam Amidon in this musical journey from hell to heaven.

This Sounds Like Science: Multisensory Music

This Sounds Like Science: Multisensory Music

Tuesday 14 February, 2017

City Recital Hall

Do we listen to music performers only with our ears? Taking a multisensory approach to music listening, Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Dr Helen Mitchell deciphers the complex perceptual skills required for listening to musicians.

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

Wednesday 22 February, 2017 - Saturday 4 March, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Brace yourself for Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's first ever performance of Messiah, a heavenly synthesis of the Brandenburg Choir, Orchestra, and shining young vocal soloists.

Eighth Blackbird

Eighth Blackbird

Saturday 25 February, 2017 - Monday 27 February, 2017

Musica Viva

Celebrate the joy of the new with Eighth Blackbird. The closest thing classical music has to a rock band, this ensemble revels in the work of living composers. This tour sees them delving into contemporary gems by Muhly, Dessner, Hearne and Andres, alongside a world premiere by Sydney composer Holly Harrison.

A Little Lunch Music: Pianistic Brilliance!

A Little Lunch Music: Pianistic Brilliance!

Tuesday 28 February, 2017

City Recital Hall

Their careers may have just started, but these young musicians are already well accomplished stars. For our A Little Lunch Music 2017 series opener, join us for a showcase concert of Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s talented graduate pianists.

Daniil Trifonov in Recital

Daniil Trifonov in Recital

Monday 6 March, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Young Russian superstar Daniil Trifonov makes his debut Sydney Recital playing music that’s both thrilling and poetic. Three exquisite works by Schumann are paired with selections of Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues and Stravinsky’s spectacular Three Movements from Petrushka.

Leah’s Playlist

Leah’s Playlist

Tuesday 7 March, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

In this friendly and informal concert, SSO Assistant Principal Cello Leah Lynn presents a playlist of music that has inspired her over the years. The program will include some personal favourites, including highlights from Swan Lake, West Side Story and Bernard Herrmann’s scores to the classic noir movies, Vertigo and Taxi Driver.

Youth and the Dance

Youth and the Dance

Wednesday 8 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!

Sydney Youth Orchestras The Engine Room Of Excellence: Mozart Forever

Sydney Youth Orchestras The Engine Room Of Excellence: Mozart Forever

Wednesday 15 March, 2017

City Recital Hall

In this lunchtime performance, The Sydney Youth Orchestra brings to life the great works of Mozart under the direction of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Alexander Briger. This concert features the winner of the SYO 2017 Concerto Competition, Olivia Hans-Rosenbaum, performing Mozart’s much-loved Clarinet Concerto.

Paris Combo

Paris Combo

Saturday 18 March, 2017

City Recital Hall

Hot on the heels of their new album, Paris Combo return to Sydney for only their second visit in 15 years to serve up their unique blend of gypsy jazz, French chanson and Latin rhythm, with a touch of Middle Eastern groove.

2x20

2x20

Thursday 23 March, 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.

Italian Romance: Beethoven & Mendelssohn

Italian Romance: Beethoven & Mendelssohn

Saturday 25 March, 2017

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Catch the new wave of Historically Informed Performance musicians as they bring a revitalised spirit and energy to Beethoven and Mendelssohn’s masterpieces.

A Taste of Omega: The Voice

A Taste of Omega: The Voice

Wednesday 29 March, 2017

City Recital Hall

Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in our captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Here, acclaimed operatic star Lee Abrahmsen performs vocal masterpieces by Ravel, Spohr and Schubert featuring clarinet, piano, flute and cello.

Grigoryan Brothers: Songs Without Words

Grigoryan Brothers: Songs Without Words

Saturday 1 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

Performing works from their latest album, the Grigoryan Brothers return to their classical repertoire with songs by Bach, Elgar, Dvořák and Rachmaninoff. They also display their passion for musical exploration, encompassing jazz, Latin, world and folk to create a truly unique sound.

Romantic Visions

Romantic Visions

Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Omega Ensemble

Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major has gone on to become one of the most popular septets ever written, and is coupled in this concert with the ever-popular Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor by Rachmaninoff, written when he was nineteen years old. Also included is Cimarosa’s Concerto for Clarinet and Strings. Originally for oboe, this delightful work is reimagined to showcase the virtuosic and lyrical side of the clarinet.

St John Passion

St John Passion

Friday 7 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

Ever since its first performance in 1724, JS Bach’s setting of the St John Passion has been a mainstay of the musical calendar in both concert hall and church. The Choir and Orchestra of St James’ come together for this masterpiece by one of the greatest composers of all time.

Bach Violin Concertos

Bach Violin Concertos

Saturday 8 April, 2017 - Wednesday 12 April, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Join Richard Tognetti in an exploration of Bach’s magnificent writing for violin, which has earned the ACO artistic director three consecutive ARIA awards. Bach is the greatest polyphonist of all time. To hear his writing for solo violin, violin and orchestra, two violins and orchestra, and three violins and orchestra is to experience genius at work.

The Conductor and the Clown

The Conductor and the Clown

Sunday 9 April, 2017 - Sunday 9 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

A mini symphony show especially for kids, combining laugh-out-loud physical comedy with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Charismatic conductor George Ellis and multi-talented musician and entertainer George Washingmachine star in this delightful performance that introduces children aged 4-12 years to the joys of classical music with laughter and fun.

This Sounds Like Science: Why Does This Hall Sound So Good?

This Sounds Like Science: Why Does This Hall Sound So Good?

Tuesday 11 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

Join Cameron Hough, Senior Acoustic and Theatre Consultant with Arup, to discover how our hearing system affects how we perceive music. Find out how designers use this knowledge to design spaces for particular styles of music, adjusting everything from room size and shape to the fine surface detail of walls.

Songs of the Black Arm Band

Songs of the Black Arm Band

Saturday 22 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

Black Arm Band celebrates its tenth anniversary with a new production bringing together songs from its most iconic shows, Murundak and dirtsong. Performed by an ensemble of singers and musicians led by Emma Donovan, Songs of the Black Arm Band is a powerful expression of Aboriginal song, culture, language and spirit.

Celebrating Mikis Theodorakis

Celebrating Mikis Theodorakis

Friday 28 April, 2017

City Recital Hall

The Greek Festival of Sydney returns to City Recital Hall, promising another huge festival finale and a perfect opportunity to revel in the music and culture of Greece. This year’s concert, conducted by George Ellis, celebrates the music of iconic Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, best known for his theme to Zorba the Greek.

Baroque Joins the Circus

Baroque Joins the Circus

Wednesday 3 May, 2017 - Friday 12 May, 2017

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra combines artistic forces once again with Circa for a thrilling and dramatic arts feast. With a pasticcio of music from the Brandenburg's ARIA award-winning CD Tapas, this experience will see you gripping your chair more than once.

A Little Lunch Music: Goldner String Quartet

A Little Lunch Music: Goldner String Quartet

Thursday 4 May, 2017

City Recital Hall

For our second A Little Lunch Music concert for the year, the Goldner String Quartet of Dene Olding and Dimity Hall (violin), Irina Morozova (viola) and Julian Smiles (cello) returns to City Recital Hall.

Angela Hewitt

Angela Hewitt

Monday 8 May, 2017 - Saturday 27 May, 2017

Musica Viva

Acclaimed as one of the world’s great pianists, everything about Angela Hewitt’s playing serves to highlight the innate beauty in each piece. Across two programs, Angela brings her emotional openness and faultless technique to masterworks by Bach, Beethoven, Chabrier, Ravel and Scarlatti.

Katie Noonan And Karin Schaupp: Songs Of The Latin Skies

Katie Noonan And Karin Schaupp: Songs Of The Latin Skies

Thursday 11 May, 2017

City Recital Hall

Vocalist Katie Noonan and guitarist Karin Schaupp have an intuitive musical connection. In their latest collaboration, they journey through the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango.

ACO Soloists

ACO Soloists

Saturday 13 May, 2017 - Friday 19 May, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

n a group the size of the ACO, there is nowhere to hide. It’s an ensemble of soloists. This program showcases the extraordinary talents of the ACO’s musicians including Principal Violin Satu Vänskä, Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve and violinist Glenn Christensen.

Unfinished Romance: Rossini & Schubert

Unfinished Romance: Rossini & Schubert

Saturday 20 May, 2017

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

Experience the style and grandeur of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra performing live on period instruments with the mesmerising mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell.

Nobuyuki Tsujii in Recital

Nobuyuki Tsujii in Recital

Monday 22 May, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Nobuyuki Tsujii makes his Sydney recital debut with a program of piano favourites by Classical masters. Hear Bach’s Italian Concerto and a Mozart Sonata alongside two of Beethoven’s greatest sonatas – the magnificent Appassionata, and the sublime Moonlight – in this not-to-be-missed recital.

By Arrangement

By Arrangement

Tuesday 23 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.

Morning Inspiration

Morning Inspiration

Thursday 25 May, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Haydn’s Morning Symphony is the kind of music that gives all the members of the orchestra a chance to shine, which makes it the perfect vehicle to showcase the virtuosity of the SSO musicians. And if you love Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola then you’ll love SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron’s ‘new’ double concerto by Mozart, arranged from the String Quintet in G minor.

Nick’s Playlist

Nick’s Playlist

Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

In this friendly and informal concert, SSO trombonist Nick Byrne presents a playlist of music that has inspired him throughout his life. Highlights will include Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream overture and, in a special treat, Nick will play a concerto movement on the rarely heard ophicleide.

A Taste of Omega: The Bassoon

A Taste of Omega: The Bassoon

Wednesday 31 May, 2017

City Recital Hall

Get to know the performers and instruments of Omega Ensemble, in our captivating lunchtime series, A Taste of Omega. Join Omega’s resident bassoonist Ben Hoadley for a curious concert featuring this grand woodwind instrument as he performs works by Poulenc and Glinka alongside his own composition Four Preludes.

Migration

Migration

Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Australian String Quartet

With guitarist Slava Grigoryan, the Australian String Quartet dissolves the boundaries of jazz and classical style. The concert is crowned by Schubert’s heartfelt and lyrical G major String Quartet.

Sound Bubble

Sound Bubble

Friday 2 June, 2017 - Monday 12 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

A mad-professor-style invention, Sound Bubble is part intelligent life form, part multimedia installation and part experimental performance space. Contained within this high tech, clear inflatable cube is a wonderful array of interactive technology that will spark a series of weird, wonderful, beautiful and inspiring events, to be announced from April.

Seven Stories

Seven Stories

Saturday 3 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

A multisensory work combining music, storytelling and film, this world premiere of Seven Stories brings together seven Australian female composers, musicians Ensemble Offspring, theatre maker Hilary Bell and video artist Sarah-Jane Woulahan to create a powerful new Australian production that places women centre stage.

This Sounds Like Science: Why Music Works

This Sounds Like Science: Why Music Works

Tuesday 6 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

Not all sequences of sounds are ‘musical’: some sound good, some sound awful, some move us to tears and some don’t make sense to us at all. And there are all sorts of new explanations for this, with some surprising links to superstring theory.

Rameau: Anacréon & Pigmalion

Rameau: Anacréon & Pigmalion

Thursday 15 June, 2017 - Tuesday 20 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.

Pacifica Quartet

Pacifica Quartet

Saturday 24 June, 2017 - Monday 26 June, 2017

Musica Viva

Exhilarating, exuberant, virtuosic: the Pacifica Quartet has won hearts around the world for its passionate performances. Such intensity throws a brilliant light onto quartets by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Shostakovich, as well as the welcome return of Nigel Westlake’s second quartet.

Sydney Youth Orchestras The Engine Room Of Excellence: Hooked On Classics

Sydney Youth Orchestras The Engine Room Of Excellence: Hooked On Classics

Wednesday 28 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

In this lunchtime concert, The Peter Seymour Orchestra, under the direction of leading music educator and conductor John Ockwell, performs works from the canon of Classical period repertoire. SYO musicians dedicate two years of their training to this ensemble to explore the music of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart.

Southern Lights, Northern Lights

Southern Lights, Northern Lights

Wednesday 28 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

World-renowned children’s choir Gondwana Voices celebrates its 20th anniversary with one Sydney concert before embarking on a tour of Northern Europe. Purity of sound, a mesmerising performance style and courageous programing all make Gondwana Voices’ performances unrivalled. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the great children’s performing ensembles.

Melvyn Tan & Haydn’s Paris

Melvyn Tan & Haydn’s Paris

Saturday 1 July, 2017

Australian Haydn Ensemble

International pianist, Melvyn Tan, joins Australian Haydn Ensemble in a program inspired by the beauty and romance of classical Paris. Melvyn Tan, renowned for his “delicacy and peerless, silvery virtuosity”, performs the concerto Mozart wrote for the Parisian pianist, Maria Theresa von Paradis, No.18, along with Haydn’s masterful Paris Symphony ‘La Reine’ or ‘The Queen’.

Peter And The Wolf

Peter And The Wolf

Sunday 2 July, 2017 - Sunday 2 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Murray Cook, known to kids as the red Wiggle, narrates Prokofiev’s charming musical tale. Conducted by George Ellis and with different instruments in the orchestra depicting each character, Peter and The Wolf tells the story of a curious and courageous boy, his fearful grandfather, his animal friends and a big bad wolf.

Orli Shaham in Recital

Orli Shaham in Recital

Monday 3 July, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Orli Shaham is planning an inventive program around Brahms’s late piano pieces. They’ll be matched with music inspired by Brahms, including Brett Dean’s Hommage à Brahms – three pieces designed to be played as interludes to Op.119 – and “ingenious, sensuous and powerful” music commissioned from Israeli-American Avner Dorman. Old and new providing mutual illumination.

Intimate Mozart

Intimate Mozart

Tuesday 4 July, 2017 - Saturday 8 July, 2017

Australian Chamber Orchestra

The ACO is joined by one of the world’s leading interpreters of Mozart, UK-based pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, to perform the composer’s stunning Piano Concerto No.13. Also in the program, Schumann’s String Quartet and Piano Quintet, two magnificent works that have been called “the most perfect of all the products of his genius”.

High Noon

High Noon

Thursday 6 July, 2017

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

SSO Concertmaster Andrew Haveron directs a program of Mozart and Haydn, featuring Orli Shaham as soloist in Mozart’s melancholy and sublime Piano Concerto No.24. Haydn’s Noon Symphony shows off the virtuosity of the orchestra, particularly the concertmaster, playing the role of ‘diva’ in an elaborate parody of an Italian opera singer.

Proud Folk

Proud Folk

Thursday 13 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.

Sitkovetsky Trio

Sitkovetsky Trio

Saturday 15 July, 2017 - Monday 24 July, 2017

Musica Viva

Three young virtuosi with countless solo prizes and achievements to their names: together, the music-making of the Sitkovetsky Trio is little short of miraculous. In their hands the piano trio becomes a miniature orchestra. Their 2017 program progresses from darkness to light, in trios by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Lachlan Skipworth.

A Little Lunch Music: Natalie Chee and Kathryn Selby

A Little Lunch Music: Natalie Chee and Kathryn Selby

Wednesday 19 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Natalie Chee was just 16 when she won the 1992 ABC Young Performer of the Year, and is currently 1st Concertmaster of Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart. In this A Little Lunch Music performance, Natalie joins forces with Kathryn Selby for a concert of violin and piano chamber works.

Unashamedly Original

Unashamedly Original

Saturday 22 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Join us for a weekend festival of multidisciplinary experiences that push the envelope of sight and sound. These original works don’t fit neatly into any music style or genre. In fact, they refuse to be stereotyped. Highlights include two works by Speak Percussion and a new collaboration between Australian Art Quartet and artist Wendy Sharpe.

Dmitry Sinkovsky: The Singing Violin

Dmitry Sinkovsky: The Singing Violin

Wednesday 26 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.

Schubert’s Trout

Schubert’s Trout

Thursday 27 July, 2017

Omega Ensemble

Perhaps no other piece in the chamber music repertoire has yet to surpass the popularity of Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, nicknamed ‘The Trout’. This work sits happily alongside Schubert’s Octet in F major. While the piece is heavily based on Beethoven’s Septet in E flat major, Op.20, the melody and beauty that infuse it are quintessentially Schubert.

Pieter Wispelwey plays the Bach Cello Suites

Pieter Wispelwey plays the Bach Cello Suites

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Arctic to Antipodes

Arctic to Antipodes

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.

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 Aerbydt and Australia’s leading baroque cellist, Jamie Hey. Witness the results when excellence from two eras comes together.

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.

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.

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.

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, TangoOz 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!

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.

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.

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.