Founded in 1932 by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has evolved into one of the world’s finest orchestra as Sydney has become one of the world’s great cities. The SSO performs in venues throughout Sydney and regional New South Wales, and international tours to Europe, Asia and the US have earned the orchestra worldwide recognition for artistic excellence.
The SSO’s 2018 season at City Recital Hall sees fresh faces in their familiar concert series. They welcome star pianists Yulianna Avdeeva and Benjamin Grosvenor for their dazzling recital series, their uplifting and delightful Mozart series continues, and SSO musicians Matthew Wilkie, Catherine Hewgill and Kees Boersma present their playlists of personal favourites. Click here to view all Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2018 tickets on sale through City Recital Hall's website and Box Office.
Thu 22 Feb 7pm
François Leleux, one of the great oboists of our time, returns to Sydney to play and conduct a wind serenade by Mozart surrounded by exquisite French music. There’s Fauré’s lyrical music for Pelléas et Mélisande, Bizet’s exuberant Symphony in C, and a new arrangement of Debussy’s saxophone rhapsody will display Leleux’s sublime cor anglais playing.
Thu 5 Apr 7pm
Two of music’s most famous prodigies – Mozart and Mendelssohn – are the stars in this sublime program alongside the enchanting and atmospheric introduction to Strauss’s opera Capriccio. Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto exploits every side of the bassoon’s personality: virtuosity, humour and mellow eloquence, and Mendelssohn’s popular Italian Symphony is vibrant music, brimming with charm.
Thu 24 May 7pm
Australian pianist Daniel de Borah joins the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.21. Its rapturous slow movement is framed by music that’s rich and energetic and absolutely captivating. It’s paired with a sunny and graceful serenade for string orchestra by Josef Suk, composed when he was a student of Dvořák.
Thu 12 Jul 7pm
SSO Associate Principal Flute Emma Sholl is the star in Mozart’s delightful G major flute concerto. The concerto is framed by a Mozart-inspired overture from Schubert and Mozart’s high-spirited Linz Symphony No.36 which was famously composed in just four days!
Mon 14 May 7pm
Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva made her name when she won the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2010, and in her Australian debut recital she’s chosen a program that embraces every side of Chopin’s genius. In the second half she turns to Liszt, and his mighty Sonata in B minor is a cathartic conclusion to the program.
Mon 2 Jul 7pm
Simon Trpčeski’s first SSO recital showcases his lyricism and his daring. Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and a selection of Mendelssohn’s beautiful Songs without Words will highlight his exquisitely sensitive playing. Then, in and audacious gesture he performs a piano transcription of Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade.
Mon 6 Aug 7pm
Scottish pianist Steven Osborne makes a striking juxtaposition between the fragrant, exotic sonorities of Debussy and the propulsive vigour of Prokofiev. Debussy Images and Estampes conjure vivid impressions of their subjects, while Prokofiev’s War Sonatas flit between savage bravura and haunting melodies, whimsical waltzes and dreamy tranquillity.
Mon 17 Sep 7pm
Rising star Benjamin Grosvenor returns to Sydney with an elegant and evocative piano recital. Bach and Mozart will demonstrate Grosvenor’s clarity and crisp articulation, and his lyricism will come to the fore in music by Debussy and Granados. The recital ends with Ravel’s famously virtuosic Gaspard de la Nuit.
Tue 1 May 6.30pm
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Playlist concerts give you a chance to hear short and inspiring programs of classical music – favourites and rarities – personally programmed and introduced by one of the SSO musicians. Hear SSO bassoonist Matthew Wilkie as he presents his playlist, and join Matthew and the musicians at the bar afterwards.
Tue 11 Sep 6.30pm
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Playlist concerts give you a chance to hear short and inspiring programs of classical music – favourites and rarities – personally programmed and introduced by one of the SSO musicians. Hear SSO Principal Cello Catherine Hewgill as she presents her playlist, and join Katie at the musicians at the bar afterwards.
Tue 30 Oct 6.30pm
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Playlist concerts give you a chance to hear short and inspiring programs of classical music – favourites and rarities – personally programmed and introduced by one of the SSO musicians. Hear SSO Principal Double Bass Kees Boersma as he presents his playlist, and join Kees and the musicians at the bar afterwards.