What’s On

Ignite!

Ignite!

Thursday 1 June, 2017 - Friday 2 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

Showcasing the biggest dance music anthems, DJ Dan Murphy brings together electronic musicians, a full orchestra and live singers to recreate all your club favourites from 90s house music to today’s chart-toppers, complete with a fully synchronised light and laser show.

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.

Dappled Cities

Dappled Cities

Sunday 4 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

Dappled Cities present ||||| (pronounced Five), their most epic album and performance to date, combining their trademark layered soundscape with an immersive lighting spectacle. In keeping with the band's history of reinvention and taste for the grand, ||||| will feature music from the band's highly-acclaimed career and showcase their stunning new album.

Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves

Tuesday 6 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. Winner of five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album, she is adored by audiences and critics alike for her magical, timeless voice, captivating performances, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings.

Sound Bubble Sound Party

Sound Bubble Sound Party

Friday 9 June, 2017

City Recital Hall

City Recital Hall transforms its foyers into a one-night-only sound and light club. At the hub is Sound Bubble, an art installation and performance platform featuring DJ sets by Paul Mac with artists Damian Barbeler and John Taylor, Ben Drayton (Bad Dog), and Gemma and Jonny (Club Kooky).

2x20

2x20

Friday 16 June, 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.

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.

Unashamedly Original: Acoustic Squared by Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Unashamedly Original: Acoustic Squared by Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Saturday 22 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Works are presented in a fixed spatial environment with the audience free to come and go as they please. The program will feature pieces which range from soundscapes to acousmatic compositions.

Unashamedly Original: TRANSDUCER by Speak Percussion

Unashamedly Original: TRANSDUCER by Speak Percussion

Saturday 22 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Speak Percussion’s Artistic Director Eugene Ughetti and new media artist Robin Fox explore the relationship between percussion and the microphone, space and kinetics, and acoustic and processed sound.

Unashamedly Original: Interplay by Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Unashamedly Original: Interplay by Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Saturday 22 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Experience the power of contemporary music technology for the premiere of new electroacoustic pieces and the fusing together of sound and visual, expanding musical horizons into virtual spaces.

Unashamedly Original: Tangents

Unashamedly Original: Tangents

Saturday 22 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Internationally acclaimed Sydney quintet Tangents perform spontaneous compositions drawing on their rich and diverse musical backgrounds - melodies float up out of drones, incendiary beats and basslines fly, acoustic instruments are eaten by computers...

Unashamedly Original: Fluorophone by Speak Percussion

Unashamedly Original: Fluorophone by Speak Percussion

Sunday 23 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Analogue and digital fluorescent lights, the naked flame, strobe lights and LED discs combine with percussion to create a kaleidoscopic sound world in Speak Percussion’s Fluorophone.

Unashamedly Original: The Enraged Musicians by Wendy Sharpe and the Australian Art Quartet

Unashamedly Original: The Enraged Musicians by Wendy Sharpe and the Australian Art Quartet

Sunday 23 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

One of Australia’s most acclaimed artists and the Australian Art Quartet join forces to recreate William Hogarth’s masterpiece live on stage. Featuring the music of Handel, Pärt and Shostakovich. Feel the rage.

Unashamedly Original: The Singing Politician by Topology and The Australian Voices

Unashamedly Original: The Singing Politician by Topology and The Australian Voices

Sunday 23 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

Prime Ministerial speeches set to music. Queensland’s Topology and The Australian Voices bring iconic speeches and exceptional musicianship together to celebrate pivotal moments in Australian history.

Unashamedly Original: FourPlay

Unashamedly Original: FourPlay

Sunday 23 July, 2017

City Recital Hall

FourPlay will showcase works from their latest album This Machine and a number of unrecorded gems. They seamlessly bridge styles from blues-rock to folk-pop to filmic art music, taking audiences on a musical journey like none other...

Landfill Harmonic

Landfill Harmonic

Sunday 10 September, 2017

City Recital Hall

A film about “The Recycled Orchestra”, a group of children from a Paraguayan slum who play instruments made entirely of garbage, Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music.

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, the Australian Tango Academy showcases the challenging rhythms and beautiful music of the South American tango genre.

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.

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.