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SYDNEY

SYMPHONY

ORCHESTRA

2019 Season

David Robertson Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

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Music.

Music is where we find our common humanity – uniting us as sentient beings, alive to sound, colour, drama and every emotion.

Music speaks to us – sometimes quietly, sometimes with an overwhelming power that can grab you by surprise. Even at its most abstract it inspires deep feeling.

All of us – musicians and listeners – experience music at this intimate, individual level. And yet, with the sheer magnificent size of a symphony orchestra, we come together to experience it in a concert hall in the company of others, as a community – moving, inspiring and uniting us like nothing else.

David Robertson Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

else. David Robertson Chief Conductor and Artistic Director In our programming for 2019 you’ll hear heart-warming,
else. David Robertson Chief Conductor and Artistic Director In our programming for 2019 you’ll hear heart-warming,

In our programming for 2019 you’ll hear heart-warming, familiar music, sometimes the brave voice of an emerging composer, or perhaps a rarity from a composer you know well. Each and every concert we’ll present acknowledges our shared humanity and represents the best of what we can be. Whenever we come to work, I see our incredible musicians give their all – performing with phenomenal energy, insight and honesty. Let’s do it together in 2019.

DAVID ROBERTSON

Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

In 2019 we build on our commitment to innovate and reimagine how we bring music into the life of our supporters and community. The places we perform continue to grow in diversity. In August we will perform in the wonderful surrounds and acoustic of the ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre as part of our first Keys to the City Festival. We’re also excited to introduce many new guest artists this season as well as celebrate those who have become an integral part of the musical life of our nation. Join us on a brilliant journey!

EMMA DUNCH

Chief Executive Officer

on a brilliant journey! EMMA DUNCH Chief Executive Officer It’s always daunting when you try to
on a brilliant journey! EMMA DUNCH Chief Executive Officer It’s always daunting when you try to

It’s always daunting when you try to pick favourites out of a whole season, but I’m particularly looking forward to working with Vladimir Ashkenazy again in September, especially with the English repertoire he knows and loves. He nails it, and the musicians just love him. Donald Runnicles’ Music of Inspiration concerts in October will be extraordinary – I wouldn’t miss those either.

ANDREW HAVERON

Concertmaster

So, why the white tie? It’s a fair question. And it’s one we get asked

So, why the white tie?

It’s a fair question. And it’s one we get asked a lot.

The short answer is that the cut of this outfit makes everyone look good. But for me, there’s more to it than meets the eye. It does have history – form, if you will. Symphony orchestras (as we know them now) roared into existence in early 19th-century Europe, and the art of stepping out and going to the theatre demanded formal dress of everyone attending, including musicians. So, there’s the historical link. Tradition duly acknowledged.

After decades as a professional musician, I no longer think about the outfit as formal or overly fancy. It now means something else. The fact that we all dress in monochrome and the same style (female members of the orchestra being allowed some small, expressive latitude) speaks to the idea that we’re

Kees Boersma Principal Double Bass

united in music – and united around its performance. Music is front and centre and all of us – musicians and audience members – become some part of that music.

So, there you have it. White tie – in honour of the music and of you, our audience. Incidentally, when you join us at a performance you're welcome to wear whatever you want.

Kees Boersma Principal Double Bass

wear whatever you want. Kees Boersma Principal Double Bass Claire Herrick First Violin (L) and Marianne

Claire Herrick First Violin (L) and Marianne Edwards Associate Principal Second Violin

Shared energy

There’s always a moment when we’re

playing on the Concert Hall stage when

I think ‘Wow!’. There could be around

100 or 120 of us, all playing as one. The sheer number and variety of instruments in an orchestra is magnificent, but what is extraordinary and awe-inspiring is the sound we make. Our whisper is as powerful as our roar.

for the first time – in wide-eyed wonder; I feel the joy music brings to patients in

hospitals, the warm welcome of country audiences when we tour, or just the relaxation and joy on a balmy Sydney summer evening at an outdoor concert. Together we create and share in this wonderful energy together. There are so many ‘Wow’ moments.

The music creates an energy as it leaves

Claire Herrick

our instruments and flows among our audience. And as you, in the audience, hear and absorb it, I feel that energy reflected back to me on stage. Though we may come together in the same hall that evening as strangers, from the first notes there’s a connection that makes all of us a community – united by the same thing. Music.

First Violin

And it needn’t just be in concert halls.

I see school kids experiencing the sights and sound of our orchestra – perhaps

Four Visionaries

Four inspiring conductors join us in 2019, the starting point for fascinating musical journeys to the pinnacle of great music-making.

musical journeys to the pinnacle of great music-making. DAVID ROBERTSON The Communicator The 2019 Season bursts

DAVID ROBERTSON

The Communicator

The 2019 Season bursts into life as David Robertson and our amazing Principal Oboe Diana Doherty reprise Nigel Westlake’s Spirit of the Wild oboe concerto. It’s an appropriate season opener – as vibrant and as enthusiastic as David Robertson himself and his six years at the helm as our Chief Conductor and Artistic Director. A bold artistic visionary, he has been fearless in bringing us new ideas and presenting new music. And with an enthusiasm that is only matched by his musical acuity, his ability to communicate with both musicians and audiences have made him a champion of music in our city. In 2019, his farewell season, Robertson will lead us to new musical landmarks including Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by Tom Stoppard and André Previn. Fittingly, he signs off with John Adams’ extraordinary Harmonielehre.

DONALD RUNNICLES

The Renaissance Man

Donald Runnicles is a born-and-bred Edinburgh man – and one of the most compelling figures of the musical world. He has been General Director of Deutsche Oper Berlin for most of the last decade and is a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the San Francisco Opera, among other equally celebrated institutions. Sydney audiences are no stranger to his technical mastery, and his ability to draw an emotional truth from the music and an expressive power from the musicians he leads. 2019 marks Donald Runnicles’ first season as our Principal Guest Conductor, and his three-year artistic cycle, Music of Inspiration, explores the connections between spirituality and music in works by the greatest composers.

spirituality and music in works by the greatest composers. VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY The Musician’s Musician Sydney’s love
spirituality and music in works by the greatest composers. VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY The Musician’s Musician Sydney’s love

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY

The Musician’s Musician

Sydney’s love affair with Vladimir Ashkenazy began when he stepped onto the Town Hall stage with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in

1969. Indeed, throughout the world he

is regarded as one of the most brilliant

musicians of our generation. With his affinity for Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff – as well as English composers such as Elgar – every note of an Ashkenazy concert is utterly thrilling. To mark the 50th anniversary of his Australian debut, we are proud to announce that he has accepted the title

of Conductor Laureate and will launch

a three-year artistic cycle, Vladimir Ashkenazy's Masterworks.

SIMONE YOUNG

The Visionary

The city of Vienna is perhaps the mecca of the musical world, and that’s where Simone Young places us in her three-year cycle of concerts – Visions of Vienna – beginning in 2019. For centuries, composers lived in Vienna, inspired by its beauty, its spirit of creativity, and the astonishing level of music-making. Simone Young’s leadership of top European opera houses and orchestras makes her a supreme interpreter of Romantic and late-Romantic music. Simone Young’s Visions of Vienna begins with rare and fascinating Schubert and Liszt and ends with Mahler’s magical fairy tale Das klagende Lied.

Simone Young's Visions of Vienna presented with the support of

Das klagende Lied . Simone Young's Visions of Vienna presented with the support of Associate Presenting

Associate Presenting Partner

Das klagende Lied . Simone Young's Visions of Vienna presented with the support of Associate Presenting

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We’ve organised our season into series, arranging concerts by experience, time and day of the week and superb venues. Discover the music that suits you best – from the greatest classical music to film-with-orchestra adventures.

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Subscribe by Saturday 1 September 2018 and you’ll be in the draw to win an incredible week in Vienna in November 2018, courtesy of our Principal Partner, Emirates, and Gold Partner, the Austrian National Tourist Office.

The winner and partner will fly in Emirates’ award-winning Business Class to the Austrian capital, then transfer by private car to their accommodation in the luxurious Palais Hansen Kempinski, on the world-famous Ring Boulevard. Then it’s six incredible days of guided tours and a whole program of delights.

If your travel dates match, you can attend the Sydney Symphony’s gala concert (26 November 2018) at the Wiener Konzerthaus, conducted by David Robertson. With breakfasts and special dinners included, this will be an experience of a lifetime.

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Guide to the season

Evenings at the Sydney Opera House

from page 8

Five of the Sydney Symphony’s 2019 evening concert series have their home in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Masters Series

• Emirates Metro Series

• Mondays @ 7

• Kaleidoscope

• Meet the Music

Special Events

from page 17

2019 includes a multitude of Special Events. Don’t miss the return of Lang Lang; the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra; Britten’s Peter Grimes in Concert and more.

Daytimes at the Sydney Opera House

from page 22

Experience the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Harbour at their daytime best in three series:

Great Classics

Thursday Afternoon Symphony

Tea & Symphony

Keys to the City Festival

from page 26

This year we include an exciting new venue among our city homes and celebrate with David Robertson, pianist Kirill Gerstein, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre.

Cocktail Hour in the Utzon Room

from page 36

Six one-hour programs of chamber music on Friday and Saturday nights, and three on Sunday afternoons in the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House.

Family Events

from page 40

Three fun and engaging events for the whole family – at a new low ticket price. Perfect concerts for 5–12 year olds.

Sydney Symphony Presents

from page 50

See blockbuster Harry Potter TM and Star Wars films with live orchestra, and other innovative concerts.

Booking Information

from page 57

Becoming a Sydney Symphony supporter is easy and affordable.

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays / 8pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Tobias Breider Principal Viola

Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays / 8pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Tobias Breider Principal Viola

Masters Series

The Masters Series is where you’ll experience the world’s greatest soloists and conductors and the Sydney Symphony’s wave of sound. With recognisable favourites – and some enriching rarities – these nine programs will take you to the pinnacle of music-making in Sydney.

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BARTÓK’S CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA

DAVID ROBERTSON CONDUCTS

JANÁČEK Taras Bulba REICH Music for Ensemble and Orchestra Australian premiere BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra

David Robertson conductor

Passionate, hypnotic and thrilling:

a concert to showcase the collective virtuosity of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Inspired by Gogol’s tragic novel about a Cossack hero, Janáček paints a rhapsody with vivid orchestral colour. Bartók’s thrilling Concerto for Orchestra stars 100 brilliant musicians in full flight. In the same tradition, Steve Reich’s shimmering, pulsating music finds its newest form in a concerto where nearly every member of the orchestra is a soloist.

Wednesday 13 February 8pm Friday 15 February 8pm Saturday 16 February 8pm

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YULIANNA AVDEEVA PERFORMS CHOPIN’S PIANO CONCERTO NO.1

MEYER Hommage à Johannes Brahms CHOPIN Piano Concerto No.1 BRAHMS orch. Schoenberg Piano Quartet in G minor

Andrey Boreyko conductor Yulianna Avdeeva piano

Spell-binding Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva returns to Sydney. A Chopin interpreter of renown, she finds the tender vulnerability beneath the poised virtuosity of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1. The symphonic ambitions and intricacies of Brahms’ chamber masterpiece are realised in Schoenberg’s ravishing and revealing orchestration, and Krzysztof Meyer weaves Brahms’ name and music into a fascinating sonic tapestry.

Wednesday 15 May 8pm Friday 17 May 8pm Saturday 18 May 8pm

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SIMONE LAMSMA PERFORMS BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4

Alexander Shelley conductor Simone Lamsma violin

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma’s performances have been called ‘absolutely stunning’ and ‘piercingly beautiful’ (Chicago Tribune). Discover this major talent when she makes her Sydney debut with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a work demanding superhuman reserves of expressive insight and stamina. At the heart of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth is an outpouring of song, a bittersweet moment of peace within the turbulent emotions of this gripping symphony.

Wednesday 3 April 8pm Friday 5 April 8pm Saturday 6 April 8pm

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BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO.5

VADIM GLUZMAN PERFORMS PROKOFIEV

VERDI The Force of Destiny: Overture PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No.2 BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5

Xian Zhang conductor Vadim Gluzman violin

The extrovert virtuosity of Vadim Gluzman and the sound he draws from his legendary Stradivarius is ‘a glory to hear’ (SMH), perfect for the angular lyricism of Prokofiev’s beguiling Violin Concerto No.2. The shock and awe of Beethoven’s Fifth continues to resonate to this day – it remains the ultimate symbol of symphonic power. And to begin, Fate knocks three times in Verdi’s stormy overture to The Force of Destiny.

Wednesday 3 July 8pm Friday 5 July 8pm Saturday 6 July 8pm

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THE MASTERS KICKSTART PACKAGE CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS34 Clockwise David Robertson, Simone Lamsma, Vadim Gluzman,
THE MASTERS KICKSTART PACKAGE CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS34 Clockwise David Robertson, Simone Lamsma, Vadim Gluzman,
THE MASTERS KICKSTART PACKAGE CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS34 Clockwise David Robertson, Simone Lamsma, Vadim Gluzman,
THE MASTERS KICKSTART PACKAGE CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS34 Clockwise David Robertson, Simone Lamsma, Vadim Gluzman,

Clockwise David Robertson, Simone Lamsma, Vadim Gluzman, Yulianna Avdeeva

‘Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra preserved taut concentration, hushed balance and tonal control, building to cataclysmic moments of shattering intensity before fading to transcendent stillness at the close.’

Peter McCallum Sydney Morning Herald, November 2017

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KIRILL GERSTEIN PERFORMS GRIEG’S PIANO CONCERTO

SIBELIUS En Saga GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

David Robertson conductor Kirill Gerstein piano

Pianist Kirill Gerstein combines formidable technique with distinctive musicianship, getting straight to the heart of the matter. And few concertos have as much heart as Grieg’s crowd- pleaser, with its folk-like spirit and bracing Norwegian atmosphere. David Robertson takes us on a wild trip in Berlioz’s hallucinatory Symphonie fantastique.

This concert takes place at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre as part of the Keys to the City Festival.

Saturday 3 August 8pm Wednesday 7 August 8pm Friday 9 August 8pm

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SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY NO.4

JAMES EHNES PLAYS KHACHATURIAN

KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.4

Mark Wigglesworth conductor James Ehnes violin

Shostakovich’s huge Fourth Symphony is a churning dynamo of sound that is almost physical in its impact. Visceral, grandiose, cartoonish and tragic, the symphony jabs at pompous tyrants. Shostakovich expert Mark Wigglesworth has the measure of this enigmatic masterpiece. Armenian folk music animates Khachaturian’s extravagantly tuneful Violin Concerto, the ideal vehicle for James Ehnes’ suave and soulful playing.

Wednesday 28 August 8pm Friday 30 August 8pm Saturday 31 August 8pm

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HOLST’S PLANETS

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY’S MASTERWORKS

MEDTNER Piano Concerto No.1 HOLST The Planets

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor Alexei Volodin piano Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Russia comes to London with a concerto by Nikolai Medtner, the Russian virtuoso who settled there in the 1930s. Pianist Alexei Volodin makes a seductive case for this grand and expressive music, overflowing with melodic invention. The mystical portraits in Holst’s Planets are a triumph of unforgettable imagery – the churning march of Mars, Neptune’s ethereal voices – and a must-hear event under Ashkenazy’s baton.

Wednesday 25 September 8pm Friday 27 September 8pm Saturday 28 September 8pm

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FAURÉ’S REQUIEM

DONALD RUNNICLES’ MUSIC OF INSPIRATION

R STRAUSS

Death and Transfiguration

R STRAUSS Four Last Songs

FAURÉ Requiem

Donald Runnicles conductor Erin Wall soprano Samuel Dundas baritone Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Life, death and the beyond have inspired art for millennia. Richard Strauss harnesses music’s ability to express the inexpressible in Death and Transfiguration, a moving journey into a blazing eternity. The serene farewell of the Four Last Songs is clothed in rich autumnal colours. Fauré’s Requiem remembers the dead and consoles the living with music of poignant elegance.

Wednesday 23 October 8pm Friday 25 October 8pm Saturday 26 October 8pm

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MAHLER’S KLAGENDE LIED

SIMONE YOUNG’S VISIONS OF VIENNA

MAHLER Das klagende Lied

(The Sorrowful Song)

Simone Young conductor Michaela Schuster mezzo-soprano Steve Davislim tenor Andrew Collis bass-baritone Sydney Philharmonia Choirs TSO Chorus

One of Australia’s finest artistic exports, Simone Young returns to conduct a dark and theatrical fairy tale. Mahler’s rarely performed first major work astonishes with his command of huge forces: vocal soloists, choir and a 110-piece orchestra. Enchanted horns usher us into the shadowy forests of the Brothers Grimm as two brothers vie for the hand of a queen.

Wednesday 4 December 8pm Friday 6 December 8pm Saturday 7 December 8pm

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8pm Saturday 7 December 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Vladimir
8pm Saturday 7 December 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Vladimir
8pm Saturday 7 December 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Vladimir
8pm Saturday 7 December 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Vladimir
8pm Saturday 7 December 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Vladimir
8pm Saturday 7 December 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MAS19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Vladimir

Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, James Ehnes, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexei Volodin, Donald Runnicles, Simone Young

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Fridays / 8pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Emirates Metro Series Relax into the weekend

Fridays / 8pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Emirates Metro Series

Relax into the weekend with the most beautiful music ever composed and feed your curiosity with edge-of-your-seat musical wonders. The Emirates Metro Series is as rich, exciting and cosmopolitan as the city we live in.

Monique Irik Second Violin

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Monique Irik Second Violin Presented with the support of 1 THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY AND JAZZ AT
Monique Irik Second Violin Presented with the support of 1 THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY AND JAZZ AT
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THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY AND JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA

VARÈSE Amériques (1929) MARSALIS The Jungle – Symphony No.4 Australian premiere

David Robertson conductor Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

A Parisian in America, Edgard Varèse

was entranced by the tumultuous

soundscape of New York. Amériques

is a portrait of the city in all its thrilling

chaos. Wynton Marsalis, who appears

with his Orchestra in this concert,

is the epitome of American creativity.

Jazz band meets orchestra in the trumpeter-composer’s prowl through the concrete jungle from Spanish

Harlem to Wall Street. It’s a love letter

to

the ‘brash, brassy, razzle-dazzle’

of

Marsalis’s New York.

Friday 22 February 8pm

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THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY CELEBRATES PAUL GOODCHILD

SIBELIUS Finlandia LOVELOCK Trumpet Concerto NIELSEN Symphony No.4, The Inextinguishable

Jessica Cottis conductor Paul Goodchild trumpet

‘Music is life, and like it inextinguishable.’ Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony blazes with passion, an embodiment of the dynamic energy

of creation. A performance of the

Inextinguishable, says critic Tom Service, ‘should leave you battered yet uplifted, dazed but thrilled’. William Lovelock’s tuneful Australian classic concerto lets Associate Principal Trumpet Paul Goodchild shine. Sibelius’ Finlandia begins a life- affirming celebration of music’s power.

Friday 10 May 8pm

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BARRY DOUGLAS PERFORMS BRAHMS

WITH SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO.7

MILLS Aeolian Caprices SIBELIUS Symphony No.7 BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2

Lawrence Renes conductor Barry Douglas piano

Called into action by a soaring horn melody, the piano is hero in Brahms’ noble second piano concerto. Its

contrasts of grandeur and intimacy make it the ideal vehicle for acclaimed Brahms specialist Barry Douglas.

The unbroken arc of Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony is a constantly accelerating journey across an enigmatic emotional landscape. And Aeolian Caprices by Australian Richard Mills is an

orchestral firework of glittering colour.

Friday 29 March 8pm

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DVOŘÁK’S SYMPHONY NO.6

BIZET L’Arlésienne:

Highlights from the Suites CHAUSSON Poème for violin and orchestra RAVEL Tzigane for violin and orchestra DVOŘÁK Symphony No.6

Jaime Martin conductor Nemanja Radulović violin

Nemanja Radulović looks every bit the Romantic virtuoso, cutting a

glamorous figure with his extravagant mane and high-fashion clothes. His image is backed by serious musical talent as you’ll hear in two love letters to the violin: Ravel’s homage to fiery gypsy fiddling and the intense song of Chausson’s Poème. Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony is a joyous romp through Bohemia’s forests and meadows.

Friday 14 June 8pm

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meadows. Friday 14 June 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MET24 Clockwise Wynton Marsalis, Barry Douglas, Nemanja
meadows. Friday 14 June 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MET24 Clockwise Wynton Marsalis, Barry Douglas, Nemanja
meadows. Friday 14 June 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MET24 Clockwise Wynton Marsalis, Barry Douglas, Nemanja
meadows. Friday 14 June 8pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MET24 Clockwise Wynton Marsalis, Barry Douglas, Nemanja

Clockwise Wynton Marsalis, Barry Douglas, Nemanja Radulović, Paul Goodchild

‘Everything Robertson and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

did was in the service of [Mozart’s]

overall conception

shaped passages of reflective lyricism were intensely expressive.’

.the sensitively

Murray Black The Australian, February 2018

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SAINT-SAËNS’ ORGAN SYMPHONY

SUSAN GRAHAM SINGS SONGS OF THE AUVERGNE

CHABRIER España CANTELOUBE Songs of the Auvergne SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No.3 (Organ Symphony)

David Robertson conductor Susan Graham mezzo-soprano

Susan Graham’s voice is an instrument of ravishing beauty, and ‘the joy in her art is infectious’ (The Telegraph, UK). She’s the ideal exponent of Canteloube’s jewel-like settings of dreamy, funny and sexy folk songs. Saint-Saëns’ ‘Organ’ Symphony is a distillation of pure joie de vivre, climaxing in one of the most exultant of big tunes in the symphonic repertoire.

Friday 19 July 8pm

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SCHUBERT AND LISZT

SIMONE YOUNG’S VISIONS OF VIENNA

SCHUBERT The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: Overture SCHUBERT arr. Liszt Wanderer Fantasy LISZT Dante Symphony

Simone Young conductor Louis Lortie piano Cantillation

Franz Liszt’s music aspires to the condition of poetry, and Dante’s Divine Comedy inspired some of his most vividly infernal, voluptuous and heavenly sounds as he leads us through Hell and Purgatory and to an angelic song of faith. Liszt wraps orchestral finery around the solo piano of Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, a poetic vehicle for Louis Lortie’s dazzling and insightful pianism.

Friday 23 August 8pm

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BRUCKNER’S SYMPHONY NO.7

DONALD RUNNICLES’ MUSIC OF INSPIRATION

MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings) BRUCKNER Symphony No.7

Donald Runnicles conductor

Intoxicating, enveloping and vast, Anton Bruckner’s symphonies are cathedrals of sound. Within these spaces play shadows and shafts of glorious light. You don’t listen to Bruckner’s Seventh, you inhabit it. Donald Runnicles is one of the great Bruckner conductors and a passionate advocate for this rewarding music. Ardent and ecstatic music by the young Messiaen begins the concert.

Friday 18 October 8pm

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AMERICAN HARMONIES

CELEBRATING DAVID ROBERTSON

COPLAND Appalachian Spring: Suite ROUSE Bassoon Concerto Australian premiere ADAMS Harmonielehre

David Robertson conductor Todd Gibson-Cornish bassoon

From the crashing E minor chords of the opening to the glittering ecstasy of its finale, John Adams’ Harmonielehre has the unstoppable energy of a rocket. Lyrical, romantic, exhilarating, Adams’ symphony still seduces and astounds three decades on. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring created the sound of America: dignified and simple. Christopher Rouse’s forceful gestures and searing colours meet the bassoon’s idiosyncratic persona in his new concerto.

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DIANA DOHERTY PERFORMS WESTLAKE

R STRAUSS Thus Spake Zarathustra WESTLAKE Spirit of the Wild – Oboe Concerto GRAINGER The Warriors

David Robertson conductor Diana Doherty oboe

Humanity’s place in nature is the transcendent theme of Strauss’s overpowering Thus Spake Zarathustra – a blazing sunrise begins a hero’s odyssey for a ‘joy deeper than a heart’s pain’. The amazing Diana Doherty reprises her breathtaking performance of Nigel Westlake’s oboe concerto inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness. Grainger’s warriors storm the concert hall with unstoppable energy.

Friday 8 February 8pm Saturday 9 February 8pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

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The Music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT

The greatest hits of DUKE ELLINGTON and COUNT BASIE

Wynton Marsalis trumpet

Count Basie and Duke Ellington are jazz royalty. The two bandleaders were colleagues, composers and celebrities who wrote dozens of timeless standards and elevated jazz to the position of high art. Wynton Marsalis and his sensational big band pay homage to the greatest jazzmen to ever swing in this one-night-only celebration.

Saturday 23 February 7pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

This concert features the JLCO alone. For performances with the Sydney Symphony see pages 13, 19 and 34.

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Mondays / 7pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Mondays @ 7 Christopher Harris Principal Bass

Mondays / 7pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Mondays @ 7

Christopher Harris Principal Bass Trombone

What more elegant way is there to start your week? From the New York cool of Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to the Romantic nobility of Beethoven, this music will inspire your working week.

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THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY AND JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA

VARÈSE Amériques (1929) MARSALIS The Jungle – Symphony No.4 Australian premiere

David Robertson conductor Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

A Parisian in America, Edgard Varèse

was entranced by the tumultuous

soundscape of New York. Amériques

is a portrait of the city in all its thrilling

chaos. Wynton Marsalis, who appears

with his Orchestra in this concert,

is the epitome of American creativity.

Jazz band meets orchestra in the trumpeter-composer’s prowl through the concrete jungle from Spanish

Harlem to Wall Street. It’s a love letter

to

the ‘brash, brassy, razzle-dazzle’

of

Marsalis’s New York.

Monday 25 February 7pm

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3

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO.5

VADIM GLUZMAN PERFORMS PROKOFIEV

VERDI The Force of Destiny: Overture PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No.2 BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5

Xian Zhang conductor Vadim Gluzman violin

The extrovert virtuosity of Vadim Gluzman and the sound he draws from his legendary Stradivarius is ‘a glory to hear’ (SMH), perfect for the angular lyricism of Prokofiev’s beguiling Violin Concerto No.2. The shock and awe of Beethoven’s Fifth continues

to resonate to this day – it remains

the ultimate symbol of symphonic power. And to begin: Fate knocks

three times in Verdi’s stormy overture

to The Force of Destiny.

Monday 8 July 7pm

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2

SIMONE LAMSMA PERFORMS BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.4

Alexander Shelley conductor Simone Lamsma violin

Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma’s

performances have been called ‘absolutely stunning’ and ‘piercingly beautiful’ (Chicago Tribune). Discover

this major talent when she makes her Sydney debut with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a work demanding

superhuman reserves of expressive insight and stamina. At the heart of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth is an outpouring of song, a bittersweet moment of peace within the turbulent emotions of this

gripping symphony.

Monday 8 April 7pm

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KIRILL GERSTEIN PERFORMS RAVEL AND GERSHWIN

RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin RAVEL Piano Concerto for the left hand GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F major

David Robertson conductor Kirill Gerstein piano

Hidden depths lie beneath the exquisite, stylish surface of Maurice Ravel’s music. The Piano Concerto for the left hand is foreboding and fabulous, with ominous rumbles and jazzy rhythms. George Gershwin’s fascinating rhythms and

show tunes shine through in his Piano Concerto, a jazz-age joyride for the brilliant Gerstein.

This concert takes place at

ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre as part of the Keys to the City Festival.

Monday 5 August 7pm

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Fridays & Saturdays / 7pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Kaleidoscope Euan Harvey French Horn

Fridays & Saturdays / 7pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Kaleidoscope

Euan Harvey French Horn Paul Goodchild Associate Principal Trumpet Carolyn Harris Flute

Become a traveller – ready to immerse yourself in the sounds of the globe, letting the music take you to amazing places in your mind. Kaleidoscope 2019 is a fascinating musical journey from Africa to China, from the four seasons of Piazzollas Buenos Aires to Vivaldi’s Italian countryside.

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A LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

LI HUANZHI Spring Festival Overture CHEN QIGANG Iris Unveiled TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin: Polonaise BORODIN Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances LIU TIESHAN & MAO YUAN Dance of the Yao Tribe HUANG Saibei Dance

Elim Chan conductor Meng Meng Peking Opera singer Amelia Farrugia soprano Eva Kong soprano Jin Wu Koon Lion Dance Troupe

Welcome the Year of the Boar with orchestral fireworks! The explosive energy of Russian rousers meets the dances and folk melodies of China and the shimmering Iris Unveiled.

Friday 1 February 7pm Saturday 2 February 7pm AVAILABLE IN THE K KALEIDOSCOPE KICKSTART PACK
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THE FOUR SEASONS

VIVALDI AND PIAZZOLLA

PIAZZOLLA arr. Desyatnikov The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires VIVALDI The Four Seasons

Andrew Haveron violin-director

Concertmaster Andrew Haveron is the soloist in Vivaldi’s dazzlingly imaginative evocation of the sights, sounds and sensations of the Italian seasons – feel the sirocco of Summer and the slippery Venetian ice of Winter. Interlaced with Vivaldi’s Seasons, Piazzolla’s sketches of Buenos Aires move to the heartbeat of the tango.

Friday 11 October 7pm Saturday 12 October 7pm AVAILABLE IN THE K KALEIDOSCOPE KICKSTART PACK
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2

MUSIC OF THE OUD

JOSEPH TAWADROS WITH THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY

Program to include… TAWADROS orch. Wells Oud Concerto MOZART The Abduction from the Seraglio: Overture IPPOLITOV-IVANOV Caucasian Sketches: In the Village MOZART orch. Pascal Turkish March TAWADROS Three Pieces with Orchestra

Benjamin Northey conductor Joseph Tawadros oud Tawadros Trio

The charismatic Joseph Tawadros will enchant you with his music, his storytelling and his virtuosity on the oud, the Egyptian lute. Joyous music from the crossroads of East and West.

Friday 21 June 7pm Saturday 22 June 7pm AVAILABLE IN THE K KALEIDOSCOPE KICKSTART PACK
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KALEIDOSCOPE KICKSTART PACK CREATE YOUR OWN CODE KAL12 Clockwise Elim Chan, Amelia Farrugia, Joseph Tawadros,

Clockwise Elim Chan, Amelia Farrugia, Joseph Tawadros, Andrew Haveron

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Saturdays / 2pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Catherine Hewgill Principal Cello Great Classics What

Saturdays / 2pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Catherine Hewgill Principal Cello

Great Classics

What makes a perfect Saturday afternoon in Sydney? Hearing the world’s top artists perform orchestral favourites – and some refreshing soon-to-be favourites – right by the sparkling harbour in the world’s most inspiring concert hall. Experience your best Sydney.

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SCOTTISH FANTASY

BRUCH AND MENDELSSOHN

R STRAUSS Macbeth BRUCH Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.3 (Scottish)

Asher Fisch conductor Tianwa Yang violin

Unquestioned virtuoso of the violin, Tianwa Yang has made a speciality of bravura showstoppers like Bruch’s folk-infused Scottish Fantasy, which she plays with intelligence and outrageous virtuosity. Mendelssohn’s Grand Tour inspired his ‘Scottish’ Symphony. Its emotional weather is as changeable and picturesque as a day in the Highlands. Richard Strauss’s baleful tone poem rehearses all the passion and tension of the ‘Scottish play’ in 20 minutes.

Saturday 9 March 2pm

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3

DVOŘÁK’S SYMPHONY NO.6

BIZET L’Arlésienne:

Highlights from the Suites CHAUSSON Poème for violin and orchestra RAVEL Tzigane for violin and orchestra DVOŘÁK Symphony No.6

Jaime Martin conductor Nemanja Radulović violin

Nemanja Radulović looks every bit the Romantic virtuoso, cutting a glamorous figure with extravagant mane and high-fashion clothes. His image is backed by serious musical talent as you’ll hear in two love letters to the violin: Ravel’s homage to fiery gypsy fiddling and the intense song of Chausson’s Poème. Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony is a joyous romp through Bohemia’s forests and meadows.

Saturday 15 June 2pm

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2
2

BARRY DOUGLAS PERFORMS BRAHMS

WITH SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO.7

MILLS Aeolian Caprices SIBELIUS Symphony No.7 BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2

Lawrence Renes conductor Barry Douglas piano

Called into action by a soaring horn melody, the piano is hero in Brahms’ noble second piano concerto. Its contrasts of grandeur and intimacy make it the ideal vehicle for acclaimed Brahms specialist Barry Douglas. The unbroken arc of Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony is a constantly accelerating journey across an enigmatic emotional landscape. And Aeolian Caprices by Australian Richard Mills is an orchestral firework of glittering colour.

Saturday 30 March 2pm

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4

SCHUBERT AND LISZT

SIMONE YOUNG’S VISIONS OF VIENNA

SCHUBERT The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: Overture SCHUBERT arr. Liszt Wanderer Fantasy LISZT Dante Symphony

Simone Young conductor Louis Lortie piano Cantillation

Franz Liszt’s music aspires to the condition of poetry, and Dante’s Divine Comedy inspired some of his most vividly infernal, voluptuous and heavenly sounds as he leads us through Hell and Purgatory and on to an angelic song of faith. Liszt wraps orchestral finery around the solo piano of Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, a poetic vehicle for Louis Lortie’s dazzling and insightful pianism.

Saturday 24 August 2pm

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Saturday 24 August 2pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE GCS24 Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Nemanja Radulović,
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Saturday 24 August 2pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE GCS24 Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Nemanja Radulović,
Saturday 24 August 2pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE GCS24 Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Nemanja Radulović,

Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Nemanja Radulović, Simone Young

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ANDREAS BRANTELID PERFORMS ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY’S MASTERWORKS

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis ELGAR Cello Concerto ELGAR Enigma Variations

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor Andreas Brantelid cello

Elgar’s powerful and poetic Cello Concerto was his favourite and most candid creation. The greatest cello concerto in the repertoire, it’s a tour de force for sensational soloist Andreas Brantelid. Elgar’s gorgeous Enigma Variations is a portrait of his friends – at its heart the hushed nobility of Nimrod. Tudor England echoes in the soaring vaults of Vaughan Williams’ magical Tallis Fantasia.

Saturday 21 September 2pm

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7
7

AMERICAN HARMONIES

CELEBRATING DAVID ROBERTSON

COPLAND Appalachian Spring: Suite ROUSE Bassoon Concerto Australian premiere ADAMS Harmonielehre

David Robertson conductor Todd Gibson-Cornish bassoon

From the crashing E minor chords of the opening to the glittering ecstasy of its finale, John Adams’ Harmonielehre has the unstoppable energy of a rocket. Lyrical, romantic, exhilarating, Adams’ symphony still seduces and astounds three decades on. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring created the sound of America: dignified and simple. Christopher Rouse’s forceful gestures and searing colours meet the bassoon’s idiosyncratic persona in his new concerto.

Saturday 30 November 5pm

Please note the later start time for this concert.

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6

BRUCKNER’S SYMPHONY NO.7

DONALD RUNNICLES’ MUSIC OF INSPIRATION

MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings) BRUCKNER Symphony No.7

Donald Runnicles conductor

Intoxicating, enveloping and vast, Anton Bruckner’s symphonies are cathedrals of sound. Within these spaces, play shadows and shafts of glorious light. You don’t listen to Bruckner’s Seventh, you inhabit it. Donald Runnicles is one of the great Bruckner conductors and a passionate advocate for this rewarding music. Ardent and ecstatic music by the young Messiaen begins the concert.

Saturday 19 October 2pm

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Saturday 19 October 2pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE GCS16 Clockwise Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas Brantelid, Donald
Saturday 19 October 2pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE GCS16 Clockwise Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas Brantelid, Donald
Saturday 19 October 2pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE GCS16 Clockwise Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas Brantelid, Donald
Saturday 19 October 2pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE GCS16 Clockwise Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas Brantelid, Donald

Clockwise Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas Brantelid, Donald Runnicles, Todd Gibson-Cornish

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Lang Lang Gala Performance

WITH THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY

BERIO after Schubert Rendering SCHUBERT Symphony No.8 (Unfinished) MOZART Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K491

David Robertson conductor Lang Lang piano

Piano superstar Lang Lang returns to Sydney with Mozart’s dark and operatic Piano Concerto No.24. The two movements of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony are perfect as they are, while Luciano Berio’s Rendering completes Schubert’s ‘Tenth’, leaving the seams exquisitely exposed.

Thursday 27 June 8pm Saturday 29 June 8pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

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A Russian Gala

BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV PERFORMS TCHAIKOVSKY

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1 RACHMANINOFF Symphony No.2

Lionel Bringuier conductor Behzod Abduraimov piano

The compelling artistry of Behzod Abduraimov continues to astonish. Returning to Sydney, he brings his amalgam of ‘fire and poetry’ to the ultimate Romantic piano concerto, a piece he attacks ‘with aplomb and plays with grandeur and depth’ (The Times). Sweeping us from despair to joy, Rachmaninoff’s turbulent Symphony No.2 presents his eloquent melodies in full force.

Friday 8 November 8pm Saturday 9 November 8pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

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Introducing the ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre Keys to the City Festival We are excited

Introducing the ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre

Keys to the City Festival

We are excited to add the International Convention Centre’s Darling Harbour Theatre to our growing list of performance venues.

Only recently opened, the Darling Harbour Theatre’s contemporary design creates an exceptional space for musical performances. Getting there is simple: the facility is served by major transport links, with easy parking and excellent dining options nearby. Inside, generous foyers, numerous lifts and escalators, relaxation areas and great acoustics all contribute to a splendid concert experience.

Our Keys to the City Festival events in August 2019 are our first public concerts in this wonderful new space. We’ll celebrate with a spectacular festival of piano dynamism featuring David Robertson in partnership with international superstar Kirill Gerstein and the Orchestra.

Join us for six stunning performances, as well as meet-the-artist receptions and community events throughout the Festival week. Come and enjoy a new Sydney Symphony experience!

KIRILL GERSTEIN PERFORMS GRIEG’S PIANO CONCERTO

SIBELIUS En Saga GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

David Robertson conductor Kirill Gerstein piano

Pianist Kirill Gerstein combines formidable technique with distinctive musicianship, getting straight to the heart of the matter. And few concertos have as much heart as Grieg’s crowd- pleaser, with its folk-like spirit and bracing Norwegian atmosphere. David Robertson takes us on a wild trip in Berlioz’s hallucinatory Symphonie fantastique.

Please note: this concert is included in the Masters Series.

Saturday 3 August 8pm Wednesday 7 August 8pm Friday 9 August 8pm

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KIRILL GERSTEIN PERFORMS RAVEL AND GERSHWIN

RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin RAVEL Piano Concerto for the left hand GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F major

David Robertson conductor Kirill Gerstein piano

Hidden depths lie beneath the exquisite, stylish surface of Maurice Ravel’s music. The Piano Concerto for the left hand is foreboding and fabulous, with ominous rumbles and jazzy rhythms. George Gershwin’s fascinating rhythms and show tunes shine through in his Piano Concerto, a jazz-age joyride for the brilliant Gerstein.

Please note: this concert is included in two series – Mondays @ 7 and Thursday Afternoon Symphony.

Monday 5 August 7pm Thursday 8 August 1.30pm

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BERLIOZ’S SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

SIBELIUS En Saga BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

David Robertson conductor

Sibelius’ magical En Saga ushers us into a fantastic world. Berlioz promised to ‘stagger the world’ with his Symphonie fantastique, and he delivered: this is music of pure sensation. The delirious artist chases his love through dreams, ballrooms, the countryside, his own beheading and a witches’ sabbath. David Robertson takes us on a wild trip.

Please note: this concert is included in Tea & Symphony.

Friday 9 August 11am

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‘ Mr Gerstein played with spontaneity and scintillating sound.’ The New York Times, 2016 As
‘ Mr Gerstein played
with spontaneity and
scintillating sound.’
The New York Times, 2016
As a 14-year-old piano prodigy, Kirill Gerstein
studied jazz at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College
of Music. Twenty years later, he’s celebrated
as one of the most distinguished classical artists
on the scene today. These Keys to the City
concerts are ideal opportunities to experience
his breathtaking talents.
Noriko Shimada Principal Contrabassoon Thursdays / 7pm City Recital Hall Mozart in the City Just

Noriko Shimada Principal Contrabassoon

Thursdays / 7pm City Recital Hall

Mozart in the City

Just by Martin Place in the heart of the city is an oasis of relaxation. Step inside City Recital Hall and experience these four concerts with the sublime music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at their heart. Take a wonderful break from the 21st century for an hour.

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ALESSIO BAX PERFORMS MOZART

MOZART Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K595 BEETHOVEN Symphony No.8

Andrew Haveron violin-director Alessio Bax piano

Mozart’s final piano concerto stands apart for its sober perfection and innocent directness. The slow movement suspends time with a melody as serene as it is simple, played with disarming grace by Alessio Bax. And Beethoven releases his inner child in his fizzy Symphony No.8 – short, and seriously playful.

Thursday 21 March 7pm

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MOZART’S SYMPHONY NO.29

MOZART Sinfonia concertante in E flat for four winds, K297b MOZART Symphony No.29

Andrew Haveron violin-director David Papp oboe Francesco Celata clarinet Euan Harvey horn Fiona McNamara bassoon

Mozart bequeathed wind players some of their most charming and expressive music – think of those delightful concertos for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. That team assembles for an irresistibly winsome quartet-concerto. The Symphony No.29 has a magnetic appeal, from the theatricality of its first movement to an exhilarating finale that is pure Mozartian magic.

Thursday 15 August 7pm

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EMMA MATTHEWS SINGS MOZART ARIAS

SCHUBERT Rosamunde: Highlights from the incidental music MOZART Voi avete un cor fedele

MOZART The Marriage of Figaro:

E Susanna non vien!

MOZART Ah se in ciel, benigne stelle SCHUBERT Symphony No.3

Andrew Haveron violin-director Emma Matthews soprano

Emma Matthews is one of Australia’s most beloved performers, and one of opera’s brightest stars. Her versatility, charisma and exquisite coloratura soprano are the perfect fit for Mozart’s jewel-like arias, those musical expressions of character par excellence. Schubert’s gift for song shines in his lyrical Rosamunde music and his sparkling Symphony No.3.

Dove

sono

Thursday 30 May 7pm

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4

ANDREW HAVERON PERFORMS MOZART

BEETHOVEN The Ruins of Athens: Overture MOZART Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K219 (Turkish) HAYDN Symphony No.100 (Military)

Andrew Haveron violin-director

In a nod to the Austrian fashion for Turquerie, Mozart introduces an exotic ‘Turkish’ tune into his Violin Concerto No.5. Haydn’s ‘Military’ symphony deploys Turkish percussion – cymbals, triangle and drums! – a galvanising gesture in a time (1794) of war and revolutionary fervour. The Ottoman Empire invades Beethoven’s incidental music for a play about the fall of Athens.

Thursday 14 November 7pm

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Thursday 14 November 7pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MOZ04 Clockwise Alessio Bax, Emma Matthews, Andrew Haveron,
Thursday 14 November 7pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MOZ04 Clockwise Alessio Bax, Emma Matthews, Andrew Haveron,
Thursday 14 November 7pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MOZ04 Clockwise Alessio Bax, Emma Matthews, Andrew Haveron,
Thursday 14 November 7pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MOZ04 Clockwise Alessio Bax, Emma Matthews, Andrew Haveron,

Clockwise Alessio Bax, Emma Matthews, Andrew Haveron, Francesco Celata

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Mondays / 7pm City Recital Hall International Pianists in Recital The spotlight shines on some

Mondays / 7pm City Recital Hall

International Pianists in Recital

The spotlight shines on some of the world’s most acclaimed piano virtuosos in four intimate recitals. Be seduced. Fall under the spell of one musician and an instrument that possesses all the poetry and emotional power of an orchestra.

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ALESSIO BAX IN RECITAL

JS BACH Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 (after Marcello) RACHMANINOFF Corelli Variations DALLAPICCOLA Annalibera’s Musical Notebook LISZT St Francis of Assisi’s Sermon to the Birds, S175/1 LISZT Dante Sonata

Alessio Bax piano

Alessio Bax is ‘among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public’ (Gramophone). He’s a musician with a poet’s sensitivity to nuance, intimacy and detail, and he has chosen a program of poetic pianism from three centuries that finds his instrument dancing, thundering, praying and dreaming.

Monday 25 March 7pm

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GEOFFREY LANCASTER IN RECITAL

MOZART ON THE FORTEPIANO

MOZART Piano Sonata in B flat, K570 Piano Sonata in E flat, K282 Rondo in A minor, K511 Piano Sonata in B flat, K333

Geoffrey Lancaster fortepiano

What did Mozart hear, and how did he play? Geoffrey Lancaster recreates not just the sound of Mozart’s pianos (on replicas of two 18th-century instruments) but somehow channels the master’s spirit and fingers – apparently composing these sonatas on the spot. Geoffrey Lancaster’s erudition, puckish charm and bravura make him one of Australia’s musical treasures.

Monday 2 September 7pm

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LISA MOORE IN RECITAL

GLASS Etude No.2 JANÁČEK In the Mists BEETHOVEN Sonata in E flat, Op.31 No.3 BRESNICK Ishi’s Song SCHUMANN Waldszenen (Forest Scenes) RZEWSKI Piano Piece No.4

Lisa Moore piano

With steely technique and a passionate commitment to the music of today, Lisa Moore is ‘an honoured new music maven’ (The New Yorker). Her recitals encompass the breadth of the repertoire from Beethoven to the bleeding edge, as in this exploration of the mists and forests of Romantics old and new.

Monday 29 April 7pm

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PAUL LEWIS IN RECITAL

SCHUBERT Sonata in G, D894 BEETHOVEN Diabelli Variations

Paul Lewis piano

Paul Lewis has made a rich contribution to our enjoyment of music from the heart of the piano repertoire. His readings of Schubert’s sonatas highlight their luminous lyricism and pathos. Beethoven’s endlessly inventive variations on Diabelli’s artless waltz transcend their raw material, and Paul Lewis’s interpretation is ‘elegant, sly and richly characterised’ (The New York Times).

Monday 18 November 7pm

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Monday 18 November 7pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE PIA04 Clockwise Alessio Bax, Lisa Moore, Geoffrey Lancaster,
Monday 18 November 7pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE PIA04 Clockwise Alessio Bax, Lisa Moore, Geoffrey Lancaster,
Monday 18 November 7pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE PIA04 Clockwise Alessio Bax, Lisa Moore, Geoffrey Lancaster,
Monday 18 November 7pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE PIA04 Clockwise Alessio Bax, Lisa Moore, Geoffrey Lancaster,

Clockwise Alessio Bax, Lisa Moore, Geoffrey Lancaster, Paul Lewis

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Wednesdays & Thursdays / 6.30pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Richard Lynn Double Bass Kristy

Wednesdays & Thursdays / 6.30pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Richard Lynn Double Bass Kristy Conrau Cello David Campbell Double Bass

Meet the Music

WEDNESDAY Series of 4 concerts THURSDAY Series of 4 concerts

Exploration and the joy of discovery are at the heart of this series. There are great orchestral classics to revel in, and plenty of wonders to satisfy the musically curious. Bring your ears, an adventerous heart and enjoy!

WEDNESDAY Series of 4 concerts

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BARRY DOUGLAS PERFORMS BRAHMS

WITH SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO.7

MILLS Aeolian Caprices SIBELIUS Symphony No.7 BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2

Lawrence Renes conductor Barry Douglas piano

Called into action by a soaring horn melody, the piano is hero in Brahms’ noble second piano concerto. Its contrasts of grandeur and intimacy make it the ideal vehicle for acclaimed Brahms specialist Barry Douglas. The unbroken arc of Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony is a constantly accelerating journey across an enigmatic emotional landscape. And Aeolian Caprices by Australian Richard Mills is an orchestral firework of glittering colour.

Wednesday 27 March 6.30pm

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SCHUBERT, LISZT AND LEDGER

SIMONE YOUNG’S VISIONS OF VIENNA

LEDGER Two Memorials (for Anton Webern and John Lennon) SCHUBERT arr. Liszt Wanderer Fantasy LISZT Dante Symphony

Simone Young conductor Louis Lortie piano Cantillation

Simone Young is our guide to Vienna and beyond as James Ledger memorialises Viennese composer Anton Webern and John Lennon – an odd pairing, at least on the surface… Louis Lortie is the soloist in the masterful Wanderer Fantasy. And Liszt’s retelling of Dante’s epic Divine Comedy leads us through Hell and Purgatory and on to a song of faith.

Wednesday 21 August 6.30pm

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CODE MTW23

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THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY CELEBRATES PAUL GOODCHILD

MACENS The Space Between Stars LOVELOCK Trumpet Concerto NIELSEN Symphony No.4, The Inextinguishable

Jessica Cottis conductor Paul Goodchild trumpet

Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony is animated by the inextinguishable power of music and life. William Lovelock’s tuneful Australian classic lets Associate Principal Trumpet Paul Goodchild shine in a celebration of his artistry. And to begin a concert that’s brazen and bright, music by award- winning young composer Ella Macens takes us to the space between stars.

Wednesday 8 May 6.30pm

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ANDREAS BRANTELID PLAYS ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY’S MASTERWORKS

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis ELGAR Cello Concerto ELGAR Enigma Variations

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor Andreas Brantelid cello

Elgar’s powerful and poetic Cello Concerto was his favourite and most candid creation. The greatest cello concerto in the repertoire, it’s a tour de force for the sensational Andreas Brantelid. Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a portrait of his friends – at its heart the nobility of Nimrod. Tudor England echoes in the soaring vaults of Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia.

Wednesday 18 September 6.30pm

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Wednesday 18 September 6.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MTW34 Clockwise Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild Simone Young,
Wednesday 18 September 6.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MTW34 Clockwise Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild Simone Young,
Wednesday 18 September 6.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MTW34 Clockwise Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild Simone Young,
Wednesday 18 September 6.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MTW34 Clockwise Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild Simone Young,

Clockwise Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild Simone Young, Andreas Brantelid

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THURSDAY Series of 4 concerts

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THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY AND JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA

VARÈSE Amériques (1929) MARSALIS The Jungle – Symphony No.4 Australian premiere

David Robertson conductor Wynton Marsalis trumpet Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

A Parisian in America, Edgard Varèse

was entranced by the tumultuous soundscape of New York. Amériques is

a portrait of the city in all its thrilling chaos. Wynton Marsalis, who appears with his Orchestra in this concert, is the epitome of American creativity. Jazz band meets orchestra in the

trumpeter-composer’s prowl through the concrete jungle from Spanish

Harlem to Wall Street. It’s a love letter

to

the ‘brash, brassy, razzle-dazzle’

of

New York.

Thursday 21 February 6.30pm

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CODE MTT41

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MUSIC OF THE OUD

JOSEPH TAWADROS WITH THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY

Program to include… TAWADROS orch. Wells Oud Concerto MOZART The Abduction from the Seraglio: Overture IPPOLITOV-IVANOV Caucasian Sketches: In the Village MOZART orch. Pascal Turkish March TAWADROS Three Pieces with Orchestra

Benjamin Northey conductor Joseph Tawadros oud Tawadros Trio

The charismatic Joseph Tawadros will enchant you with his music, his storytelling and his virtuosity on the oud, the Egyptian lute. Classical and original music from the crossroads of East and West, old and new, woven around his entrancing Oud Concerto.

Thursday 20 June 6.30pm

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LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

Program to include… ARNE Rule, Britannia! PARRY Jerusalem ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance – March No.1

Guy Noble conductor Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

It’s the annual audience favourite where you can belt out ‘Rule, Britannia’, stomp your feet, wave your

flag and celebrate the finest in British classical and popular music. Guy Noble conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and special guests in a concert filled to the brim with best-loved melodies (for all ages!).

Thursday 6 June 6.30pm

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THE FOUR SEASONS

VIVALDI AND PIAZZOLLA

PIAZZOLLA arr. Desyatnikov The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires VIVALDI The Four Seasons

Andrew Haveron violin-director

Concertmaster Andrew Haveron is the soloist in Vivaldi’s dazzlingly imaginative evocation of the sights, sounds and sensations of the Italian seasons – feel the sirocco of Summer and the slippery Venetian ice of Winter. Interlaced with Vivaldi’s Seasons, Piazzolla’s sketches of Buenos Aires move to the heartbeat of the tango.

Thursday 10 October 6.30pm

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Thursday 10 October 6.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MTT24 Clockwise Wynton Marsalis, Guy Noble Joseph Tawadros,
Thursday 10 October 6.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE MTT24 Clockwise Wynton Marsalis, Guy Noble Joseph Tawadros,

Clockwise Wynton Marsalis, Guy Noble Joseph Tawadros, Andrew Haveron

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David Robertson conducts Britten’s Peter Grimes

OPERA IN CONCERT

BRITTEN Peter Grimes

David Robertson conductor Stuart Skelton Peter Grimes Nicole Car Ellen Orford Deborah Humble Auntie Alan Held Balstrode Michael Honeyman Ned Keene Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Benjamin Britten’s gripping portrait of a tortured outsider and small-town cruelty comes to the Concert Hall when David Robertson conducts a cast led by the extraordinary Stuart Skelton. A powerful operatic tragedy plays out against vivid musical seascapes.

Thursday 25 July 7pm Saturday 27 July 7pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

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Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

TOM STOPPARD AND ANDRÉ PREVIN

PREVIN & STOPPARD Every Good Boy Deserves Favour – A play for actors and orchestra SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.9

David Robertson conductor Mitchell Butel Alexander Martin Crewes Ivanov

In Tom Stoppard and André Previn’s ingenious blend of theatre and orchestral music, a political dissident shares a room in a mental hospital with a madman who thinks that he has a symphony orchestra at his fingertips. Reconciling wit and anger, ‘EGBDF’ reminds us that one of the worst features of tyranny is its ability to reorder reality.

This blend of concert and theatre has rarely been mounted, and represents a first for the Sydney Symphony.

Friday 22 November 7pm Saturday 23 November 7pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

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Fridays & Saturdays / 6pm Sundays / 3pm Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room Leah Lynn

Fridays & Saturdays / 6pm Sundays / 3pm Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room

Leah Lynn Assistant Principal Cello

Cocktail Hour

The intimacy and sparkling harbour views of the Utzon Room make the perfect setting for these jewel-like chamber music concerts. With your cocktail in hand, enjoy delicate chamber masterpieces performed by Sydney Symphony musicians.

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HAYDN AND BEETHOVEN

HILDEGARD OF BINGEN Improvisation on the plainchant ‘Ave Generosa’ HAYDN arr. Oguey Cor Anglais Quintet (after the ‘Gypsy Rondo’ Piano Trio) BEETHOVEN arr. Boersma Serenade in D, Op.8

Delight in a game of tones when the musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra reinvent chamber music. Kees Boersma adapts Beethoven’s night music – a sequence of songs, dances, themes and variations. And Alexandre Oguey appropriates Haydn’s ‘Gypsy Rondo’ piano trio, arranging it for cor anglais and string quartet – the kind of twist Haydn would have loved.

Friday 29 March 6pm Saturday 30 March 6pm

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CODE CKT01

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DOHNÁNYI AND SHOSTAKOVICH

DOHNÁNYI Serenade for string trio GRAN Finnish Tango (after traditional tunes) SHOSTAKOVICH Two Pieces for string octet

Ernst von Dohnányi’s serenade is

a dream of fin-de-siècle Vienna,

yearningly Romantic yet spare and inflected with the folk music of his native Hungary. Shostakovich’s uneasy pieces look back to Bach with

a solemn, sinewy prelude and a ghostly

scherzo. Tango is Finland’s favourite dance, so a Finnish tango is not as unlikely as you’d think!

Friday 5 July 6pm Saturday 6 July 6pm Sunday 7 July 3pm

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CODE CKT03

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BOCCHERINI AND GLAZUNOV

BOCCHERINI String Quintet in C, G349 GLAZUNOV String Quintet in A, Op.39

Luigi Boccherini was not only one of the 18th-century’s most accomplished and prolific tunesmiths, but a virtuoso cellist. This stately quintet, written for a cello-playing Prussian king, gives free rein to his bias by adding an ‘extra’ cello to the standard string quartet – with rich and resonant effect. Alexander Glazunov’s melodic quintet (also with two cellos) has the dash and drive of youth.

Friday 21 June 6pm Saturday 22 June 6pm Sunday 23 June 3pm

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CODE CKT02

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BEETHOVEN AND BRAHMS

BEETHOVEN String Quartet, Op.59 No.2 (Razumovsky No.2) BRAHMS String Quintet No.2

Beethoven’s string quartets are journals of his restless experimentation – his ceaseless searching for new ways to express the human condition. The opening of Brahms’ String Quintet

No.2 makes five musicians sound like fifty. Invigorating and soaring, this is Brahms at his peak: rich in melody, intricate yet spontaneous, rigorous but emotive.

Friday 23 August 6pm Saturday 24 August 6pm

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CODE CKT04

‘It was simply enchanting, and I never wanted it to end.’

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Fraser Beath McEwing J-Wire, February 2018

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THE SOLDIER’S TALE

STRAVINSKY Ragtime BARTÓK String Quartet No.3 LUTOSŁAWSKI Dance Preludes STRAVINSKY The Soldier’s Tale: Suite

2019 Sydney Symphony Fellows

A soldier makes a deal with the

Devil to some of Stravinsky’s most memorable music. It’s a fractured Russian fairy tale of spiky tangos, waltzes, rags and diabolical fiddle

playing. BartÓk’s String Quartet No.3

is a taut, cathartic quarter-hour of

unconventional beauty. Lutosławski channels the high spirits of Polish folk music into his popular Dance Preludes.

Friday 27 September 6pm Saturday 28 September 6pm Sunday 29 September 3pm

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CODE CKT05

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MENDELSSOHN AND MARTINŮ

VILLA-LOBOS Duo for oboe and bassoon MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No.2 MARTINŮ Nonet

Martinů’s Nonet is inspired by the Classical past, mixing Haydn-inspired wit with nostalgia for the Bohemian countryside – the result is a serene and sparkling masterpiece. The densely interwoven voices of Mendelssohn’s

String Quartet No.2 hint at Beethoven,

but lyricism shines through. Villa-Lobos conveys humour and pathos in his reedy Duo.

Friday 25 October 6pm Saturday 26 October 6pm

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CODE CKT06

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40 Sundays / 1pm & 2.45pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Family Events Fun stars,

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Sundays / 1pm & 2.45pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Family Events

Fun stars, imagination and the thrill of the concert hall. All the elements to inspire a life-long love of music in your children. Come early or stay afterwards for hands-on Kids Activity Zones. Perfect for 5–12 year olds (and their families).

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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

A SYDNEY SYMPHONY

FAMILY EVENT

MUSSORGSKY orch. Goehr Pictures at an Exhibition

Benjamin Northey conductor Andy Dexterity mime artist

Promenade around an imaginary art gallery with the Sydney Symphony and physical communicator Andy Dexterity as they paint pictures with music and a mix of dance, physical theatre and signed language. Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a series of vivid musical images, a classic that’s sure to spark imaginations of all ages.

Sunday 17 March 1pm Sunday 17 March 2.45pm

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THE COMPOSER IS DEAD

A SYDNEY SYMPHONY

FAMILY EVENT

STOOKEY The Composer is Dead With text by Lemony Snicket

Brett Kelly conductor Brendon Taylor The Inspector

Who killed the composer? The shifty string players, the sneaky clarinets, or the flutes – supposedly busy pretending to be birds? A likely story. Inspector Brendon Taylor is here to get to the bottom of this mystery in composer Nathaniel Stookey’s macabre introduction to the orchestra with text by Lemony Snicket.

Sunday 10 November 1pm Sunday 10 November 2.45pm

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CODE FAM03

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VIVALDI’S FOUR SEASONS

A SYDNEY SYMPHONY

FAMILY EVENT

VIVALDI The Four Seasons with poems by the Story Factory

Andrew Haveron violin-director Christian Li violin

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are musical pictures of the sights, sounds and feelings of the seasons. Concertmaster Andrew Haveron and the Sydney Symphony play Vivaldi’s tricky and colourful violin concertos. Young violinist Christian Li (aged 10) performs the Summer concerto, with its exciting lightning storm. Vivaldi himself wrote poems to go with each season, but we’ll hear new poems by the young writers of the Story Factory.

Sunday 13 October 1pm Sunday 13 October 2.45pm

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CODE FAM02

1pm Sunday 13 October 2.45pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE FAM02 Clockwise Andy Dexterity Christian Li Brendon
1pm Sunday 13 October 2.45pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE FAM02 Clockwise Andy Dexterity Christian Li Brendon
1pm Sunday 13 October 2.45pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE FAM02 Clockwise Andy Dexterity Christian Li Brendon

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Andy Dexterity

Christian Li

Brendon Taylor

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42 Thursdays / 1.30pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Jaan Pallandi Double Bass Thursday Afternoon

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Thursdays / 1.30pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Jaan Pallandi Double Bass

Thursday Afternoon Symphony

Experience the very best of our performances at a convenient matinee time. With the world’s finest artists, rousing favourites and the joy of discovering some music that may be less familiar, this series is a rich and uplifting musical journey.

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SCOTTISH FANTASY

BRUCH AND MENDELSSOHN

R STRAUSS Macbeth BRUCH Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.3 (Scottish)

Asher Fisch conductor Tianwa Yang violin

Unquestioned virtuoso of the violin, Tianwa Yang has made a speciality of bravura showstoppers like Bruch’s folk-infused Scottish Fantasy, which she plays with intelligence and outrageous virtuosity. Mendelssohn’s Grand Tour inspired his ‘Scottish’ Symphony. Its emotional weather is as changeable and picturesque as a day in the Highlands. Richard Strauss’s baleful tone poem rehearses all the passion and tension of the ‘Scottish play’ in 20 minutes.

Thursday 7 March 1.30pm

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CODE THU21

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THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY CELEBRATES PAUL GOODCHILD

SIBELIUS Finlandia LOVELOCK Trumpet Concerto NIELSEN Symphony No.4, The Inextinguishable

Jessica Cottis conductor Paul Goodchild trumpet

‘Music is life, and like it inextinguishable.’ Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony blazes with passion, an embodiment of the dynamic energy of creation. A performance of the Inextinguishable, says critic Tom Service, ‘should leave you battered yet uplifted, dazed but thrilled’. William Lovelock’s tuneful Australian classic concerto lets Associate Principal Trumpet Paul Goodchild shine. Sibelius’ Finlandia begins a life- affirming celebration of music’s power.

Thursday 9 May 1.30pm

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CODE THU13

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BARRY DOUGLAS PERFORMS BRAHMS

WITH SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO.7

MILLS Aeolian Caprices SIBELIUS Symphony No.7 BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2

Lawrence Renes conductor Barry Douglas piano

Called into action by a soaring horn melody, the piano is hero in Brahms’ noble second piano concerto. Its contrasts of grandeur and intimacy make it the ideal vehicle for acclaimed Brahms specialist Barry Douglas. The unbroken arc of Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony is a constantly accelerating journey across an enigmatic emotional landscape. And Aeolian Caprices by Australian Richard Mills is an orchestral firework of glittering colour.

Thursday 28 March 1.30pm

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CODE THU12

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SAINT-SAËNS’ ORGAN SYMPHONY

SUSAN GRAHAM SINGS SONGS OF THE AUVERGNE

CHABRIER España CANTELOUBE Songs of the Auvergne SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No.3 (Organ Symphony)

David Robertson conductor Susan Graham mezzo-soprano

Susan Graham’s voice is an instrument of ravishing beauty, and ‘the joy in her art is infectious’ (The Telegraph, UK). She’s the ideal exponent of Canteloube’s jewel-like settings of dreamy, funny and sexy folk songs. Saint-Saëns’ ‘Organ’ Symphony is a distillation of pure joie de vivre, climaxing in one of the most exultant of big tunes.

Thursday 18 July 1.30pm

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Thursday 18 July 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU34 Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild,
Thursday 18 July 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU34 Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild,
Thursday 18 July 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU34 Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild,
Thursday 18 July 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU34 Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild,

Clockwise Asher Fisch, Barry Douglas, Paul Goodchild, Susan Graham

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‘ .this was a performance full of vitality and elastic energy – there were moments when the music unfurled with heart-breaking intensity and others where finely honed accents hit home with incredible power.’

Angus McPherson Limelight Magazine, April 2018

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KIRILL GERSTEIN PERFORMS RAVEL AND GERSHWIN

RAVEL Le Tombeau de Couperin RAVEL Piano Concerto for the left hand GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F major

David Robertson conductor Kirill Gerstein piano

Hidden depths lie beneath the exquisite, stylish surface of Maurice Ravel’s music. The Piano Concerto for the left hand is foreboding and fabulous, with ominous rumbles and jazzy rhythms. George Gershwin’s fascinating rhythms and show tunes shine through in his Piano Concerto, a jazz-age joyride for the brilliant Gerstein.

This concert takes place at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre as part of the Keys to the City Festival.

Thursday 8 August 1.30pm

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CODE THU15

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SCHUBERT AND LISZT

SIMONE YOUNG’S VISIONS OF VIENNA

SCHUBERT The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: Overture SCHUBERT arr. Liszt Wanderer Fantasy LISZT Dante Symphony

Simone Young conductor Louis Lortie piano Cantillation

Franz Liszt’s music aspires to the condition of poetry, and Dante’s Divine Comedy inspired some of his most vividly infernal, voluptuous and heavenly sounds as he leads us through Hell and Purgatory and on to an angelic song of faith. Liszt wraps orchestral finery around the solo piano of Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy, a poetic vehicle for Louis Lortie’s dazzling and insightful pianism.

Thursday 22 August 1.30pm

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ANDREAS BRANTELID PERFORMS ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY’S MASTERWORKS

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis ELGAR Cello Concerto ELGAR Enigma Variations

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor Andreas Brantelid cello

Elgar’s powerful and poetic Cello Concerto was his favourite and most candid creation. The greatest cello concerto in the repertoire, it’s a tour de force for sensational soloist Andreas Brantelid. Elgar’s gorgeous Enigma Variations is a portrait of his friends – at its heart the hushed nobility of Nimrod. Tudor England echoes in the soaring vaults of Vaughan Williams’ magical Tallis Fantasia.

Thursday 19 September 1.30pm

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BRUCKNER’S SYMPHONY NO.7

DONALD RUNNICLES’ MUSIC OF INSPIRATION

MESSIAEN Les offrandes oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings) BRUCKNER Symphony No.7

Donald Runnicles conductor

Intoxicating, enveloping and vast, Anton Bruckner’s symphonies are cathedrals of sound. Within these spaces, play shadows and shafts of glorious light. You don’t listen to Bruckner’s Seventh, you inhabit it. Donald Runnicles is one of the great Bruckner conductors and a passionate advocate for this rewarding music. Ardent and ecstatic music by the young Messiaen begins the concert.

Thursday 17 October 1.30pm

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CODE THU18

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9

AMERICAN HARMONIES

CELEBRATING DAVID ROBERTSON

COPLAND Appalachian Spring: Suite ROUSE Bassoon Concerto ADAMS Harmonielehre David Robertson conductor Todd Gibson-Cornish bassoon

From the crashing E minor chords of the opening to the glittering ecstasy of its finale, John Adams’ Harmonielehre has the unstoppable energy of a rocket. Lyrical, romantic, exhilarating, Adams’ symphony still seduces and astounds three decades on. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring created the sound of America: dignified and simple. Christopher Rouse’s forceful gestures and searing colours meet the bassoon’s idiosyncratic persona in his new concerto.

Thursday 28 November 1.30pm

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. Thursday 28 November 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, Simone Young, Vladimir
. Thursday 28 November 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, Simone Young, Vladimir
. Thursday 28 November 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, Simone Young, Vladimir
. Thursday 28 November 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, Simone Young, Vladimir
. Thursday 28 November 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, Simone Young, Vladimir
. Thursday 28 November 1.30pm CREATE YOUR OWN CODE THU19 Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, Simone Young, Vladimir

Clockwise Kirill Gerstein, Simone Young, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Donald Runnicles, David Robertson, Todd Gibson-Cornish

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46 Sophie Cole First Violin Fridays / 11am Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Tea &

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Sophie Cole First Violin

Fridays / 11am Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Tea & Symphony

Few things are as satisfying as a hot cup of tea. Add some

friends to catch up with, some delightful

With great orchestral masterpieces, the focused precision

of Sydney Symphony ensembles and an awesome recital on the Grand Organ, it’s the perfect Friday morning.

.bliss!

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SCOTTISH FANTASY

BRUCH AND MENDELSSOHN

BRUCH Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.3 (Scottish)

Asher Fisch conductor Tianwa Yang violin

Unquestioned virtuoso of the violin, Tianwa Yang has made a speciality of bravura showstoppers like Bruch’s folk-infused Scottish Fantasy, which she plays with intelligence and outrageous virtuosity. Mendelssohn’s Grand Tour inspired his ‘Scottish’ Symphony. Its emotional weather is as changeable and picturesque as a day in the Highlands, rounded off with a vivacious highland fling!

Friday 8 March 11am

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3

THE CELLOS OF THE SYDNEY SYMPHONY

Program to include… VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas brasileiras No.5 SOLLIMA Violoncelles, vibrez!

Sydney Symphony Cellos

The cellos of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra take centre stage, showcasing the resonance of this most soulful of string instruments. Among this concert’s delights, Villa-Lobos’s Bach-inspired aria for the unearthly blend of soprano and cellos, while Giovanni Sollima commands the cellos to ‘vibrate!’ in his meltingly romantic piece for two soloists and their colleagues.

Friday 7 June 11am

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2

DAVID DRURY

CONCERT HALL GRAND ORGAN RECITAL

Program to include… JS BACH Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546 SAINT-SAËNS Fantaisie No.1 SAINT-SAËNS arr. Lemare Danse macabre

David Drury organ

The Grand Organ of the Sydney Opera House is the largest of its kind in the world, with its 10,244 pipes and 24 bells rising spectacularly above the stage. Its sound also makes an impression, especially under the hands and feet of Sydney’s star organist David Drury. Here’s your chance to experience the organ in full flight in suitably grand music.

Friday 5 April 11am

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BERLIOZ’S SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE

SIBELIUS En Saga BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

David Robertson conductor

Sibelius’ magical En Saga ushers us into a fantastic world. Berlioz promised to ‘stagger the world’ with his Symphonie fantastique, and he delivered: this is music of pure sensation. The delirious artist chases his love through dreams, ballrooms, the countryside, his own beheading and a witches’ sabbath. David Robertson takes us on a wild trip.

This concert takes place at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour Theatre as part of the Keys to the City Festival.

Friday 9 August 11am

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Friday 9 August 11am CREATE YOUR OWN CODE TEA04 Clockwise Asher Fisch, David Drury, David Robertson,
Friday 9 August 11am CREATE YOUR OWN CODE TEA04 Clockwise Asher Fisch, David Drury, David Robertson,
Friday 9 August 11am CREATE YOUR OWN CODE TEA04 Clockwise Asher Fisch, David Drury, David Robertson,
Friday 9 August 11am CREATE YOUR OWN CODE TEA04 Clockwise Asher Fisch, David Drury, David Robertson,

Clockwise Asher Fisch, David Drury, David Robertson, Fenella Gill

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‘The Fellows

.gave a super intimacy

to a beautiful symphony. I have never felt so close to a symphony.’

Steve Bell Sydney Symphony Subscriber and Donor

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MOZART’S SYMPHONY NO.29

MOZART Sinfonia concertante in E flat for four winds, K297b MOZART Symphony No.29

Andrew Haveron conductor David Papp oboe Francesco Celata clarinet Euan Harvey horn Fiona McNamara bassoon

Mozart bequeathed wind players some of their most charming and expressive music – think of those delightful concertos for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. That team assembles for an irresistibly winsome quartet-concerto. The Symphony No.29 has a magnetic appeal, from the theatricality of its first movement to an exhilarating finale that is pure Mozartian magic.

Friday 16 August 11am

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6

ANDREAS BRANTELID PERFORMS ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY’S MASTERWORKS

ELGAR Cello Concerto ELGAR Enigma Variations

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor Andreas Brantelid cello

Elgar’s final major work was his favourite and most candid. His powerful and poetic Cello Concerto is the greatest in the repertoire – a tour de force for sensational young soloist Andreas Brantelid. Elgar’s gorgeous Enigma Variations is a portrait of his friends, at its heart is the hushed nobility of Nimrod.

Friday 20 September 11am

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7

A PARIS HAPPENING

TEA & SYMPHONY WITH THE 2019 FELLOWS

MILHAUD The Creation of the World IBERT Chamber Concertino, for alto saxophone and orchestra DEBUSSY arr. Sachs Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun IBERT Divertissement

Roger Benedict conductor Nicholas Russoniello saxophone 2019 Sydney Symphony Fellows

Jacques Ibert’s breezy esprit animates his Divertissement: bright, bustling music for a farce. His dapper Concertino for alto saxophone is a cornerstone of repertoire for this most Parisian of instruments. The sax reappears in Milhaud’s sensual jazz-inflected ballet music. Speaking of sexy, Debussy’s music for a faun’s reveries is classical music at its most alluringly M-rated.

Friday 25 October 11am

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8
8

ANDREW HAVERON PERFORMS MOZART

BEETHOVEN The Ruins of Athens: Overture MOZART Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K219 (Turkish) HAYDN Symphony No.100 (Military)

Andrew Haveron violin-director

In a nod to the Austrian fashion for Turquerie, Mozart introduces an exotic ‘Turkish’ tune into his Violin Concerto No.5. Haydn’s ‘Military’ symphony deploys Turkish percussion – cymbals, triangle and drums! – a galvanising gesture in a time (1794) of war and revolutionary fervour. The Ottoman Empire invades Beethoven’s incidental music for a play about the fall of Athens.

Friday 15 November 11am

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Friday 15 November 11am CREATE YOUR OWN CODE TEA08 Clockwise Andrew Haveron, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas
Friday 15 November 11am CREATE YOUR OWN CODE TEA08 Clockwise Andrew Haveron, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas
Friday 15 November 11am CREATE YOUR OWN CODE TEA08 Clockwise Andrew Haveron, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas
Friday 15 November 11am CREATE YOUR OWN CODE TEA08 Clockwise Andrew Haveron, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas

Clockwise Andrew Haveron, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andreas Brantelid, Roger Benedict

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Sydney Opera House Concert Hall ICC Sydney Theatre

Sydney Symphony Presents

It’s no secret that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra attracts great stage and screen stars, or that it presents breathtaking film-with-orchestra experiences. For many, these concerts are the door to a fantastic new world of beautiful orchestral music.

Now you can add any or all of these concerts to your Curated Package as add-on concerts, or bundle them into a Create Your Own Package (along with some classical rockstars). Perfect if you have diverse musical tastes, like to mix and match for the family, or want to book ahead of the crowd!

match for the family, or want to book ahead of the crowd! HARRY POTTER AND THE

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX™ IN CONCERT

HOOPER Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix TM

Nicholas Buc conductor

Thestrals and prophecies and Umbridge, oh my! Let the wizarding world enchant you all over again as the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™, is projected onto a giant screen and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs Nicholas Hooper’s wonderful score. Laugh, cry and cheer at your favourite scenes in this memorable event. Classified M.

Wednesday 10 April 7pm Thursday 11 April 7pm Friday 12 April 7pm Saturday 13 April 2pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING’S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18) CELEBRATING LINDA RONSTADT In 1969 Linda Ronstadt released

CELEBRATING LINDA RONSTADT

In 1969 Linda Ronstadt released her debut solo album and went on to be one of the most celebrated female artists of her generation. Fifty years later, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra celebrates the career of this multi-award- winning performer in a concert featuring some of Australia’s leading artists. Includes such hits as Blue Bayou, You’re No Good, Don’t Know Much, Desperado and It’s So Easy.

Artists will be announced in November 2018.

Friday 3 May 8pm Saturday 4 May 2pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

May 8pm Saturday 4 May 2pm Sydney Opera House Concert Hall LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

Guy Noble conductor Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

It’s the annual audience favourite where you can belt out ‘Rule, Britannia’, stomp your feet, wave your flag and join in the merriment celebrating the finest in British classical and popular music. Guy Noble conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philha