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Founded in 1932 by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Sydney Symphony Orchestra has evolved into one of the world’s finest orchestra as Sydney has become one of the world’s great cities. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra 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.

2021 Season


Nothing’s more uplifting than live music. This is the spirit behind the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Season – an opportunity to stand by Australian talent as the Sydney Symphony celebrate all the places only music can take you.

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Celebrating Bach

Wednesday 3 March 7pm and Thursday 4 March 7pm, 2021

Andrew Haveron performs Bach

Exquisite, serene, daunting, brilliant. Do we even have enough adjectives to describe Bach’s music? During his lifetime, the Baroque master composed more than 1,000 pieces. Here, the Sydney Symphony revel in some of his greatest works, Orchestral Suites No.2 and No.3, and the intricately beautiful Concerto for Two Violins. Concertmaster Andrew Haveron leads as soloist along with Fiona Ziegler and Emma Sholl.

Here's to Mozart

Wednesday 23 June 7pm and Thursday 24 June 7pm, 2021

Clerici conducts Mozart & Schubert

His melodic genius. His dramatic timing. His mastery of every genre. With over 600 works to his name, Mozart changed the course of Western music. Many composers have paid homage to him – and tonight, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra does too.

Umberto Clerici conducts the night’s celebrations, beginning with Jacques Ibert’s commemorative Hommage à Mozart, followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.17, and finishing with Schubert’s Fifth Symphony – the most ‘Mozartian’ of all his symphonies.

Bold Intimacy

Wednesday 11 August 7pm and Thursday 12 August 7pm, 2021

Britten & Shostakovich

Britten created a dynamic between boldness and intimacy like few others. From his smaller ensembles to larger string arrangements, we can often hear this tension at play. It’s unmistakably Britten. Andrew Haveron leads with Sydney Symphony Principal Horn Ben Jacks, and globally renowned tenor Andrew Goodwin who both feature in Britten’s Serenade. 

Rudolf Barshai’s arrangement of Shostakovich’s Tenth String Quartet for string orchestra adds depth to its most intimate moments and power to its most brazen.

Venice and Beyond

Wednesday 29 September 7pm and Thursday 30 September 7pm, 2021

The Italian Baroque

The riches of the Venetian empire weren’t just silk and gold – composers Monteverdi and Gabrieli dazzled with their pioneering Baroque music. Vivaldi’s flamboyant concerti delighted even Bach, while Corelli’s glittering concerti grossi are among the finest of their type. This ‘Italian style’ echoes in French composer Rebel’s audacious Les élémens – a vivid creation story unlike anything you’ve heard before. Conductor Benjamin Bayl, a specialist in this repertoire, is our guide.