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Classical Music

Upcoming performances, symphonies and concerts

Andrea Lam
8 Oct 2023 Classical Music

Andrea Lam

One of Australia’s favourite pianists finds Romantic inspiration and contemporary connection in this gorgeous recital inspired by a 19th-century love triangle and the journey of life.

10 Oct 2023 Classical Music

Soweto Gospel Choir - HOPE

Hope is an all-new concert by 3-time Grammy®-winning Soweto Gospel Choir; celebrating songs and anthems from the Freedom movement of Nelson Mandela’s South Africa, back to the Civil Rights Movement of Martin Luther King’s 1950's America. Hope is a concert that will sing forever in your hearts!

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14 Oct 2023 Classical Music

MacMillan’s Stabat Mater

Singing voices and strings unite in an impassioned evocation of Mary’s grief at the foot of the cross.

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14 Oct 2023 Classical Music

The Little Match Girl Passion

David Lang’s Pulitzer prize-winning oratorio is a hope-filled reflection on a tragic fable – a passion for our time.

26 - 28 Oct 2023 Classical Music

Li-Wei Qin Performs Haydns Cello Concerto No 1

Be inspired by the dynamic talents of cellist Li-Wei Qin in a spirited program featuring Classical favourites of Mozart and Haydn.

27 Oct 2023 Classical Music

Mozart & Haydn

Celebrate the Classical masters of the symphony with the Sydney Symphony’s Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles leading an energetic program of charisma and joy.

28 Oct 2023 Classical Music


Brilliant new world premiere by Australian Andrew Ball.

29 Oct 2023 Classical Music

Suzuki 45th Annual Graduation Concert

Suzuki Annual Graduation concert featuring Suzuki Music students of all ages.

1 - 4 Nov 2023 Classical Music

Alexander Gavrylyuk Performs Tchaikovsky

Sensational pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk astounds with his exquisite interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.

4 Nov 2023 Classical Music

Yundi Plays Mozart

While Lang Lang is the ultimate extrovert pianist of the age, Yundi offers pianism of an altogether more inward kind. His playing is contained, consistent and structured, even frugal at times. He avoids display and demonstrative gestures – almost to a fault.

5 Nov 2023 Classical Music


Diwali will be a delightful and uplifting feast for the ears, an outpouring celebration of happiness and love to the hearts like no other…!

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6 Nov 2023 Classical Music


The flourishing bloom of the string quartet across the ages featuring music by Dvořák, Mozart, Purcell and Justin Williams.

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9 Nov 2023 Classical Music

New Now

Omega Ensemble present four world premiere works by Ben Robinson, Natalie Nicholas, Naomi Dodd and Andrew Howes.

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9 - 11 Nov 2023 Classical Music

Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Music of John Williams

The Sydney Symphony’s Chief Conductor Simone Young joins forces with starl violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in this program of music by John Williams and great Hollywood composers.

12 Nov 2023 Classical Music

Chopin & the Mendelssohns

Pianist Polina Leschenko joins the ACO for a program full of brilliant music-making, deep emotions and profound connections.

16 - 18 Nov 2023 Classical Music

Simone Young conducts Das Rheingold

Wagner’s extraordinary music comes to life as the Sydney Symphony’s Chief Conductor Simone Young conducts the first instalment of the Ring Cycle in a rare concert performance.

23 Nov 2023 Classical Music

Mystical Voice - The Sufi

Share in the ultimate mystical experience through music, which will take you through the collective inner journey and will transport you into the timeless dimension.

24 Nov 2023 Classical Music

Australian World Orchestra presents Mahler 9

Join us for a gala night with an extraordinary array of Australian musicians, selected from the world's greatest orchestras and ensembles, performing Gustav Mahler's breath-taking final completed work, Symphony No. 9. This is music to die for!

25 Nov 2023 Classical Music

Sarah Grunstein

Praised by The New York Times for her “penetrating musical intelligence”, internationally celebrated pianist, Sarah Grunstein, returns by popular demand to the stunning Utzon Room to perform Beethoven’s last Sonatas.  

28 Nov 2023 Classical Music

China National Symphony Orchestra

China National Symphony Orchestra's Australia Tour 2023.

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2023 Classical Music

Professor Brian Cox Symphonic Horizons

Explore the secrets of the universe with Professor Brian Cox and the Sydney Symphony, in a special event that combines ground-breaking science with the power of a live orchestra.

7 - 10 Dec 2023 Classical Music

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows™ Part 2 in Concert

Relive every harrowing loss and every remarkable victory as the Sydney Symphony plays the epic score from Alexandre Desplat live to film.

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9 Dec 2023 Classical Music


Shostakovich’s profound Piano Quintet leads a program of courage and colour from three musical mavericks featuring John Adams’ String Quartet No.1 and a world premiere by Australian trailblazer Holly Harrison.

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15 - 17 Dec 2023 Classical Music

Carols at the House

Carols at the House returns with actor John Bell and popular soprano Julie Lea Goodwin. The splendid sounds of Rutter’s Gloria set the tone for a festive program of Christmas favourites and unexpected delights, with plenty of audience participation.

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16 Dec 2023 Classical Music

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

The Christmas Oratorio is easily one of the most inspired musical enactments of the Nativity. Brett Weymark has chosen the first three parts, from the exultant opening to the tender scenes in the stable and the festive arrival of the shepherds.

2 - 5 Feb 2024 Classical Music

Ludovico Einaudi

Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi, the world’s most popular classical music composer, makes his triumphant return to the Sydney Opera House to perform four nights in the Concert Hall.

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11 Feb 2024 Classical Music


A cinematic odyssey exploring the waterways that have shaped our world, in all their majesty and fragility.

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24 Mar 2024 Classical Music

Beethoven’s Emperor

Step into the concert hall of Beethoven’s time in this joyful celebration directed by pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout.

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12 May 2024 Classical Music

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Stuart Skelton and Catherine Carby star in this extraordinary encounter with Mahler’s monumental song cycle.

22 May 2024 Classical Music


For the second time only in Australia - the virtuoso Pianist and Composer.

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30 Jun 2024 Classical Music

Altstaedt Plays Haydn & Tchaikovsky

The world-renowned cellist and master storyteller makes his ACO debut as soloist and guest director.

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18 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Silence & Rapture

A mesmerising collaboration with Sydney Dance Company featuring countertenor Iestyn Davies and the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt.

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22 Sep 2024 Classical Music

Tognetti. Mendelssohn. Bach.

Sparks fly and melodies soar when Richard Tognetti directs music close to the ACO’s heart.

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10 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Scotland Unbound

Guitarist Sean Shibe makes his Australian debut in this inspired and thrilling season closer.

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Under the Sails with the LSO

In our 50-year history, the Sydney Opera House has welcomed thousands of world-class performers to its halls. But no orchestra has as long and rich a shared history with the Opera House as the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Love List: Australian Classical by Casey Green

Our Classical Music producer/aficionado Casey Green has written a Love List to the Australian classical composers that have inspired her and kept her sane in these extraordinary times.

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Australian String Quartet performs Jack Symonds String Quartet No.2

This spectacular work brilliantly showcases the string quartet through its wide-ranging breadth of expression and extremes of colour. 

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