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February 2018

Songs Jessye’s Sung

24 February @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT
Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, 264 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$30 - $40

As part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, soprano Julia Wee and pianist Lucus Allerton present a musical program inspired by the great African-American soprano Jessye Norman and the struggle for civil liberties and freedoms. The program includes spirituals and songs by Mahler and Strauss. Come and be enveloped in this rapturous program of music that will move you with its tales of battles fought and won in the journey of life and love. The September 2017…

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Omega Ensemble: Summer Winds – From Beethoven to Ravel

25 February @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Sydney Opera House: Utzon Room, Sydney, 2 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$29 - $99

Omega Ensemble “…eloquence and mastery…the tapestry of Australia’s concert life…” Sydney Arts Guide Artistic Director: David Rowden (clarinet) with Sally Walker (flute), Celia Craig (oboe), Ben Hoadley (bassoon) and Michael Dixon (horn) A musical voyage for winds with panoramic summer views of Sydney Harbour. Set sail in a discovery of the mystical and mythical with a celebration of all things woodwind. Get to know the flute up close and personal through Debussy’s famous solo flute piece, Syrinx with its haunting…

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Flinders Quartet: Must it be? (Muss es sein?)

25 February @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Montsalvat Barn Gallery, Eltham, 7 Hillcrest Avenue
Eltham, VIC 3067 Australia
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Launching the year’s focus on Mendelssohn, FQ has commissioned John to arrange some of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet.

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Bowlines | Some Velvet Morning

25 February @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT
Some Velvet Morning, 124 Queens Parade
Clifton Hill, Victoria 3070 Australia
$15

Bowlines is Ernie Gruner, Hope Csutoros and Helen Mountfort. They improvise on violin, viola and cello. Original cross-genre music from three eclectic string players, heard in My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Stilleto Sisters, Bohemian Nights, etc.

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Flinders Quartet: Must it be? (Muss es sein?)

27 February @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AEDT
Collins St Baptist Church, Melbourne, Melbourne, 174 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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Launching the year’s focus on Mendelssohn, FQ has commissioned John to arrange some of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet.

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Flinders Quartet: Must it be? (Muss es sein?)

28 February @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3006 Australia
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Launching the year’s focus on Mendelssohn, FQ has commissioned John to arrange some of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet.

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March 2018

MCO: Romance

1 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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MCO is joined by Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray for a concert showcasing the vivid emotional worlds of the Romantics, with the joy of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, Schumann's Piano Concerto, a moment from Verdi's La Traviata, and the tenderness of Dvořák’s Romance.

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Flinders Quartet: Must it be? (Muss es sein?)

2 March @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEDT
The Concourse: Concert Hall, Chatswood, 409 Victoria Avenue
Chatswood, NSW 2067 Australia
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Launching the year’s focus on Mendelssohn, FQ has commissioned John to arrange some of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet.

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Rubiks Collective: Iniquitous Creatures

3 March @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
University of Melbourne: Grant Street Theatre, South Melbourne, Grant Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$15 - $20

Take the west side escalators down into the guts of the Columbia Heights Metro Station and you'll be swallowed by the sound. A young woman tumbles from the back of a horse-drawn carriage as it narrowly avoids colliding with a speeding train. Two androids perform a series of exercises, drifting in and out of synchronicity. Nefarious creatures emerge from the shadows as night falls... In the first concert in their 2018 series ‘Waves + Lines’, Rubiks presents works from five…

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Flinders Quartet: Must it be? (Muss es sein?)

4 March @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEDT
Healesville Memorial Hall, 235 Maroondah Highway
Healesville, VIC 3777 Australia
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Launching the year’s focus on Mendelssohn, FQ has commissioned John to arrange some of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet.

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MCO: Romance

4 March @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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MCO is joined by Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray for a concert showcasing the vivid emotional worlds of the Romantics, with the joy of Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony, Schumann's Piano Concerto, a moment from Verdi's La Traviata, and the tenderness of Dvořák’s Romance.

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Ensemble Aspherical: Last Rose of Summer

4 March @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEDT
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church Forestville, 9 Currie Rd
Forestville, NSW 2087 Australia
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Free - $25

After delighting audiences in 2017 with the fine quality of their performances, the four members of Ensemble Aspherical, will perform to open Wyvern Music Forestville’s 2018 concert season. Last Rose of Summer, a program of aesthetic and vibrant music will include transcriptions of favourite classics such as Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen, a Potpourri of Mozart’s Magic Flute and Piazzolla’s Oblivion. Formed in 2017 by four leading Sydney classical musicians, Ensemble Aspherical…

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Australian National Academy of Music: Bohemia

10 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Australian National Academy of Music, South Melbourne, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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With twelve trumpeters converging on the South Melbourne Town Hall in March for Janáček’s spine-tingling fanfare, ANAM’s 2018 concert season is assured of a spectacular lift-off. For this special season opening concert, ANAM’s musicians will be joined on stage by their ANAM mentors for a ramble through some of Bohemia’s most engaging landscapes, concluding with Josef Suk’s elegiac Serenade for strings. "For me, this concert is the heart of ANAM, a real opportunity to delve deeper in to what ANAM…

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Shakespeare and Friends

11 March @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Sydney Opera House: Utzon Room, Sydney, 2 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$45

Although it has been 400 years since Shakespeare's death, his words live on. His plays are still performed everywhere, and his words have been adapted to every medium of entertainment that our popular culture enjoys. Classical music is no exception, and many of Shakespeare's sonnets and verses have been adapted into artsongs and full-length operas. Simon Kenway explores the relationship between Shakespeare's words and their relevance today through the bard's words set to music by Mendelssohn, Verdi, Gounod, Quilter, Finzi…

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Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra

16 March @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm ACDT
University of Adelaide: Elder Hall, Adelaide, North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia
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$12

Program Malcolm Arnol - d A Grand Grand Overture Rachel Bruerville - Dot and the Kangaroo (World Premiere) Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 Luke Dollman - Conductor The majestic beauty of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is the centrepiece of this seasonopening concert. Malcolm Arnold’s A Grand Grand Overture features some interesting instrumentation that may surprise listeners; and a work by up-and-coming Australian composer Rachel Bruerville is premiered.

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ARCO | Pastoral Melodies: Idyllic & Tempestuous

22 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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$30 - $95

Under the Artistic Direction of Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra brings to life the colours and contrasts of Classical music

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SYO: Autumn Orchestral Fundamentals Showcase

24 March @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEDT
Santa Sabina College, 90 The Boulevarde
Strathfield, NSW 2135 Australia
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$10 - $15

Join us as our students showcase their learning each term in a concert all are welcome to attend. These concerts are the perfect opportunity to come and see what SYO is all about. Additional Information: Young children are welcome at Sydney Youth Orchestra concerts. For all performances, children two years of age or older must have a ticket (even if the accompanying adult intends to sit the child on his/her knees). This concert is General Admission. Doors will open 30…

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Australian National Academy of Music: Tombeau De Claude Debussy

24 March @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
Australian National Academy of Music, South Melbourne, 210 Bank St
South Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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$35 - $60

Debussy100 is a 12-month project to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy. Led by a collection of national and international pianists, hear the complete piano and chamber music of Claude Debussy, including 100 titled movements for the keyboard. Following Claude Debussy’s death on 25 March 1918, his friend Henri Prunières invited ten leading composers to produce a memorial piece, a ‘tombeau’, in his honour. The collection of works provide a fascinating evocation of the sounds in the air…

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ARCO | Pastoral Memories: Idyllic & Tempestuous

25 March @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEDT
City Recital Hall, Sydney, 2-12 Angel Place
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$30 - $95

Under the Artistic Direction of Richard Gill AO, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra brings to life the colours and contrasts of Classical music

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Melbourne Bach Choir: Brahms & Szymanowski

30 March @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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$35 - $70

Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra continue their tradition of Good Friday concerts with this imaginative programme, featuring an outstanding cast of soloists. Following the success of OA’s recent production of King Roger by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, his rarely performed Stabat Mater is paired with the much loved German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. The six short movements of Szymanowski’s expressive masterpiece invoke Polish folk elements and echoes of early counterpoint, in a highly personal setting. Brahms’ choice of text for…

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April 2018

MCO: Schubert Octet

22 April @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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Schubert’s Octet is one of the most iconic works of chamber music. Written for the unusual combination of five strings, clarinet, bassoon and horn, this is chamber music conceived at the most ambitious scale. Performed with Benjamin Martin's Passepied and Beethoven’s fiery String Quartet No 11.

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Ensemble Offspring: Sizzle

29 April @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEST
Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, 77 Brighton St
Petersham, NSW 2049 Australia
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From art music to pop music and everything in between, Sizzle returns to the Petersham Bowling Club for another year of free, family-friendly aural delights. 2018 features Ensemble Offspring’s virtuosic instrumentalists alongside two driving forces in Sydney’s music world; Satsuki Odamura and her Sydney Koto Ensemble; and Michelle Leonard with her interactive new work The Audience Choir. David Lang’s Cheating, Lying, Stealing whirls through the club alongside the Australian premiere of Erik Griswold’s Action Music 2, and we once again…

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May 2018

ARCO | Classical Memories: Timeless & Thrilling

12 May @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST
Yabba Yabba Residence, Blackheath, 179-181 Wentworth Street
Blackheath, NSW 2785 Australia
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The ARCO Chamber Soloists bring the world’s leading specialists in historically informed performance to the stage in a spectacular program

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Meet the Orchestra – Peter Seymour Orchestra

13 May @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am AEST
Grand Hall, Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road
Mosman, NSW 2088 Australia
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$15 - $25

The conductor started with a tap tap tap and the strings began to sing la-la-la . Then the flutes joined in with a tootle toot too and the trumpets butted in with a pah-pa-rah-pa! And the sound of the drums shook the room with a boom, boom boom! Meet the Orchestra concerts are a wonderful way to introduce orchestral music to families and young children. Performed by the SYO's Peter Seymour Orchestra, this relaxed and informal concert has been specially…

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MCO: French Arias

17 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Be transported to the lush sound world of nineteenth century France, with music by Chausson, Debussy and Fauré. Featuring star soprano Greta Bradman singing luminous songs by Debussy and Calvin Bowman.

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ARCO | Classical Memories: Timeless & Thrilling

18 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
City Recital Hall, Sydney, 2-12 Angel Place
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$30 - $95

The ARCO Chamber Soloists bring the world’s leading specialists in historically informed performance to the stage in a spectacular program

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French Arias

20 May @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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Be transported to the lush sound world of nineteenth century France, with music by Chausson, Debussy and Fauré. Featuring star soprano Greta Bradman singing luminous songs by Debussy and Calvin Bowman

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ARCO | Classical Memories: Timeless & Thrilling

20 May @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST
St Bernard’s Church, Batehaven, 2 David Avenue
Batehaven, NSW 2536 Australia
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The ARCO Chamber Soloists bring the world’s leading specialists in historically informed performance to the stage in a spectacular program

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ARCO | Classical Melodies: Timeless & Thrilling

21 May @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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$30 - $95

Spotlighting the Classical wind and string instruments, this concert allows us to step back in time to experience the depth and breadth of tonal colour

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June 2018

MCO: Mozart & The Classical Age

21 June @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Three great Classical composers, Haydn, Kraus and Mozart, come together for this program. Piano virtuoso Anna Goldsworthy joins the orchestra for two gems rarely heard on the Melbourne stage: Mozart’s sixth concerto, written at age 20, and the exuberant D major concerto of Haydn.

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SYO: European Winter

22 June @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Eugene Goossens Hall, Ultimo, 720 Harris Street
Ultimo, NSW 2007 Australia
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$25 - $50

Brian Buggy OAM once again brings the music of the stage to life with SYO to mark the centenary of one of the greatest composers and conductors of the 21st century, Leonard Bernstein.  Including all the great tunes and themes from the musical, this concert will showcase the talent of one of Australia's best youth orchestras. SYO PHILHARMONIC Conducted by celebrated Australian musician, composer and educator Brian Buggy OAM, SYOP welcomes a full symphony orchestra to tackle sweeping orchestral works.…

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SYO: Winter Showcase

23 June @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm AEST
Theatre, O’Regan Arts and Cultural Common, Monte Sant’ Angelo, 128 Miller Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060 Australia
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$10 - $15

Join us as our students showcase their learning each term in a concert all are welcome to attend. These concerts are the perfect opportunity to come and see what SYO is all about. Young children are welcome at Sydney Youth Orchestra concerts. For all performances, children two years of age or older must have a ticket (even if the accompanying adult intends to sit the child on his/her knees). This concert is General Admission. Doors will open 30 minutes prior…

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MCO: Mozart & The Classical Age

24 June @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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Three great Classical composers, Haydn, Kraus and Mozart, come together for this program. Piano virtuoso Anna Goldsworthy joins the orchestra for two gems rarely heard on the Melbourne stage: Mozart’s sixth concerto, written at age 20, and the exuberant D major concerto of Haydn.

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August 2018

MCO: Vivaldi’s Violins

12 August @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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From a humble orphanage in Venice, Antonio Vivaldi wrote some of the most celebrated, and fiendishly difficult, concertos of the Baroque era. Leading violinist Sophie Rowell joins members of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a concert dedicated to some of the most spectacular of these concertos.

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Vivaldi’s Violins

16 August @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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From a humble orphanage in Venice, Antonio Vivaldi wrote some of the most celebrated, and fiendishly difficult, concertos of the Baroque era. Leading violinist Sophie Rowell joins members of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for a concert dedicated to some of the most spectacular of these concertos.

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Meet the Orchestra – Peter Seymour Orchestra

19 August @ 9:30 am - 11:30 pm AEST
Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton Street
Leichhardt, NSW 2040 Australia
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$15 - $25

The conductor started with a tap tap tap and the strings began to sing la-la-la . Then the flutes joined in with a tootle toot too and the trumpets butted in with a pah-pa-rah-pa! And the sound of the drums shook the room with a boom, boom boom! Meet the Orchestra concerts are a wonderful way to introduce orchestral music to families and young children. Performed by the SYO's Peter Seymour Orchestra, this relaxed and informal concert has been specially…

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ARCO | Poetical Memories: Elegiac & Daring

19 August @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST
City Recital Hall, Sydney, 2-12 Angel Place
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$30 - $95

The sublime string section of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra takes centre stage in this program

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ARCO | Poetical Melodies: Elegiac & Daring

22 August @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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$30 - $95

The sublime string section of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra takes centre stage in this program from the Romantic period

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September 2018

MCO: España!

6 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Christoph Denoth is one of the world’s finest guitarists. In his Australian debut, Christoph joins MCO for a passionate celebration of life, love, music and dance through music of Spain, including Rodrigo’s treasured Concierto de Aranjuez and music of Albéniz, Malats & Granados.

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Spring Orchestral Fundamentals Showcase

8 September @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm AEST
Music Workshop, The Conservatorium of Sydney, 1 Conservatorium Rd
Sydney CBD, NSW 2000 Australia
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$10 - $15

Join us as our students showcase their learning each term in a concert all are welcome to attend. These concerts are the perfect opportunity to come and see what SYO is all about. Additional Information: Young children are welcome at Sydney Youth Orchestra concerts. For all performances, children two years of age or older must have a ticket (even if the accompanying adult intends to sit the child on his/her knees).

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MCO: España!

9 September @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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Christoph Denoth is one of the world’s finest guitarists. In his Australian debut, Christoph joins MCO for a passionate celebration of life, love, music and dance through music of Spain, including Rodrigo’s treasured Concierto de Aranjuez and music of Albéniz, Malats & Granados.

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November 2018

SYO: Classical Discovery

10 November @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEDT
Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling Str
Balmain, NSW 2041 Australia
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$15 - $25

The Peter Seymour Orchestra, under the direction of leading music educator and conductor John Ockwell, performs works from the canon of Classical period repertoire including Mozart Symphony No.31 in D major, K.297/300a. PETER SEYMOUR ORCHESTRA Under the leadership of John Ockwell, musicians in PSO will have the opportunity to learn the foundations of orchestral training and the canon of Classical period repertoire. Additional Information: Young children are welcome at Sydney Youth Orchestra concerts. For all performances, children two years of…

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MCO: Bach Suites

22 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEDT
The Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston Streets
Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
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Full of jubilation and the sheer splendour of sound, Bach's suites are among his most uplifting music. This celebration of Bach includes the third and fourth suites, the much-loved double violin concerto, and a new concerto by national treasure RIchard Mills.

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Melbourne Intervarsity Choir: Bach Suites

25 November @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Southbank, 31 Sturt Street
Southbank, VIC 3000 Australia
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Full of jubilation and the sheer splendour of sound, Bach's suites are among his most uplifting music. This celebration of Bach includes the third and fourth suites, the much-loved double violin concerto, and a new concerto by national treasure RIchard Mills.

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December 2018

Summer Showcase

8 December @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm AEDT
Sydney Conservatorium of Music: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Conservatorium Road
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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$10 - $15

Join us as our students showcase their learning each term in a concert all are welcome to attend. These concerts are the perfect opportunity to come and see what SYO is all about. Additional Information: Young children are welcome at Sydney Youth Orchestra concerts. For all performances, children two years of age or older must have a ticket (even if the accompanying adult intends to sit the child on his/her knees). This concert is General Admission. Doors will open 30…

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