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Leonskaja & Mozart

Leonskaja & Mozart

Tuesday 30th August, 2016 - Saturday 3rd September, 2016

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Elisabeth Leonskaja plays Mozart’s Jeunehomme Piano Concerto, perhaps his first genuine masterpiece, and a bold and elegant work that sparkles with wit and vigour. Leonskaja has a distinguished reputation as a pianist who interprets with warmth, sensitivity and formidable technical facility. Her profound performances of core repertoire and dedication to music’s heritage place her firmly in the tradition of Russian greats, such as her mentor Sviatoslav Richter.

The Virtuosic and Innovative Concerto

The Virtuosic and Innovative Concerto

Wednesday 31st August, 2016

Salut! Baroque

“The sonata … is beginning to be dated and to be largely replaced and superseded by the newer so-called concertos …”. Johann Mattheson,1713 Salut! Baroque, one of Australia’s foremost baroque music ensembles performs music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli and CPE Bach.

A Little Lunch Music 2016

A Little Lunch Music 2016

Monday 5th September, 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.

Elgar's Cello Concerto

Elgar's Cello Concerto

Monday 5th September, 2016

Omega Ensemble

In 1919 Elgar’s health began to fail, and the composer poured his feelings into this haunting lament for a lost world. Poignant and restrained, the Cello Concerto is set against the assured sophistication of Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta. Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor and works by Guillaume Connesson and Mark Grandison are also delivered with characteristic flair.

SATO AND THE ROMANTICS

SATO AND THE ROMANTICS

Wednesday 7th September, 2016 - Saturday 17th September, 2016

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

In his Australian debut, this brilliant and colourful American violinist will perform three of the most stunning romantic pieces – played on gut strings for the first time in Australia.

A Season of Song: Songs of Majesty and Glory

A Season of Song: Songs of Majesty and Glory

Saturday 10th September, 2016

The Parish Church of St James'

The Choir of St Mary’s Cathedral was founded in 1818 and is renowned as one of Australia’s great choirs. In the Choir’s second appearance as part of our annual Concert Series, it presents a programme imbued with a spirit of praise and jubilation, and works created for grand occasions.

Van Morrison’s Masterpieces featuring Vince Jones and The Astral Orchestra

Van Morrison’s Masterpieces featuring Vince Jones and The Astral Orchestra

Saturday 10th September, 2016

City Recital Hall and Beatroot Services

When The Beatles went psychedelic and Dylan electric, Van Morrison hired the best jazz musicians in New York to record two of the classic albums of the golden era of contemporary rock music. Vince Jones, Australia’s foremost jazz interpreter leads his specially formed Astral Orchestra to pay homage to Morrison’s seminal blend of jazz and blues 'Astral Weeks' and his soul/jazz classic 'Moondance'.

Richard Tognetti & Polina Leschenko in Recital

Richard Tognetti & Polina Leschenko in Recital

Monday 12th September, 2016

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Artistic Director and Lead Violinist, Richard Tognetti will be joined by virtuoso pianist Polina Leschenko for an intimate concert at City Recital Hall. The program will feature the meditative minimalism of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, which showcases the two haunting voices of violin and piano entwined.

Primary Proms: Brindabella

Primary Proms: Brindabella

Friday 16th September, 2016

The Arts Unit

The Brindabella Concert of the 2016 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students at Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra: Beyond All This...

Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra: Beyond All This...

Sunday 18th September, 2016

City Recital Hall and John Cristian Productions

The Israel Camerata Jerusalem is the leading chamber orchestra in Israel today. The Camerata was founded in 1983 by Avner Biron, who has been its music director and permanent conductor since then. By intensive and inspiring work, he has brought the orchestra to the highest standard in Israeli musical life, and won worldwide recognition for it. Joining the Camerata is Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser.

Primary Proms: Coorong

Primary Proms: Coorong

Monday 19th September, 2016

The Arts Unit

The Coorong Concert of the 2016 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students at Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

Jerusalem Quartet

Jerusalem Quartet

Monday 19th September, 2016 - Saturday 24th September, 2016

Musica Viva

There is a great depth to this Israeli string Quartet that lends authority to its programs, which feature a contemporary gem from composer Ross Edwards, framed with masterworks by Beethoven, Haydn and Dvořák.

Primary Proms: Daintree

Primary Proms: Daintree

Tuesday 20th September, 2016

The Arts Unit

The Daintree Concert of the 2016 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students at Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra: Remembrance

Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra: Remembrance

Tuesday 20th September, 2016

City Recital Hall and John Cristian Productions

The Israel Camerata Jerusalem is the leading chamber orchestra in Israel today. The Camerata was founded in 1983 by Avner Biron, who has been its music director and permanent conductor since then. By intensive and inspiring work, he has brought the orchestra to the highest standard in Israeli musical life, and won worldwide recognition for it. Joining the Camerata is Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser.

Primary Proms: Kakadu

Primary Proms: Kakadu

Wednesday 21st September, 2016

The Arts Unit

The Kakadu Concert of the 2016 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students at Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

Primary Proms:Uluru

Primary Proms:Uluru

Thursday 22nd September, 2016

The Arts Unit

The Uluru Concert of the 2016 Primary Proms features a musically diverse array of choral and instrumental performances by NSW Public and High School students at Sydney Town Hall. This outstanding concert series features hundreds of students in Years 3 and 4 from across the state in the combined choir. Items by exceptional vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles add further variety to these concerts.

Basically Beethoven #3

Basically Beethoven #3

Thursday 22nd September, 2016

Selby & Friends

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

Nelson Freire in Recital

Nelson Freire in Recital

Monday 26th September, 2016

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Nelson Freire’s long overdue return to Sydney and the solo recital is the perfect way to experience his supreme artistry! From the majesty of Bach to the introspection of Chopin, it's music that allows his modest, poetic brilliance to speak for itself. Among the highlights are two of the great piano masterworks: Beethoven's final sonata and the fourth of Chopin's ballades.

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.

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.

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.

Archie Roach

Archie Roach

Wednesday 19th October, 2016

Frontier Touring

Archie Roach is a man of few words but when he speaks or sings, those words lift you up, transport you, and humble you. Playing tracks from the forthcoming album Let Love Rule, as well as selections from an extraordinary career, this will be a celebration of Let Love Rule’s main theme and the heart of humanity, love.

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

A rising star on the international piano scene returns to his native Australia for his SSO recital debut! He's chosen a program that contrasts the intricate brilliance of the Baroque style with the almost 'orchestral' sound of the 19th-century piano. In 2014 he took out the first prize in the Montreal International Music Competition playing a Beethoven concerto.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.