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Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Season 2024

Living Sound. Find Your Moment.

Join Chief Conductor Simone Young and a dazzling roster of guest artists in performances that unleash the power of music that is totally alive.

Every Sydney Symphony performance is unique. Each is an opportunity to experience a musical story as it unfolds around you. Make those moments yours.

June

6 - 8 Jun 2024 Classical Music

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra with the Australian String Quartet

In a unique presentation, the superb Australian String Quartet will join the Sydney Symphony to perform the mesmerising Absolute Jest by American composer John Adams.

7 Jun 2024 Classical Music

The Splendour of the Baroque

Baroque music overflows with its precise, crystalline beauty, and when performed by a chamber ensemble each instrument has space to sing.

14 - 16 Jun 2024 Classical Music

The Music of John Williams

Experience the iconic film music of John Williams performed live in concert by the Sydney Symphony, conductor Nicholas Buc and presented by popular podcasters Art of the Score.

14 - 15 Jun 2024 Classical Music

Vaughan Williams & Shostakovich

Shostakovich's fifteen string quartets are some of the finest works for small ensemble, and alongside those of Haydn and Beethoven, are indispensable.

22 - 23 Jun 2024 Classical Music

Alexander Melnikov performs Shostakovich

Pianist Alexander Melnikov brings his impressive energy to Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto. Principal Trumpet David Elton weaves a tender, sombre magic in its delightfully wistful passages.

July

5 - 6 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Dalia Stasevska conducts Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony

Experience the stunning musical landscapes of the far north in this enchanting program.

10 - 13 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

Pulling out all the stops. It's curious to think an expression used by everyone from fashion designers to footballers was derived from something as historic as the organ.

18 - 19 Jul 2024

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra with Jess Gillam

Jess Gillam may only be 25, but the British saxophonist is already a star.

19 - 20 Jul 2024

Janáček, Ravel & Piazzolla

The writing is anything but juvenile, richly textured and deceptively complex, bursting with enthusiasm and virtuosity.

20 Jul 2024 Classical Music

The Symphonic World of Dance

Experience classical music inspired by dance from around the world, in this special family-friendly concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

24 Jul 2024 Classical Music

Wata: a gathering for songmen, improvising soloists and orchestra

Musicians of the Sydney Symphony and guest improvising soloists weave in and out of the songs led by Daniel Wilfred and David Wilfred, guided by Grabowsky's powerful orchestration.

27 - 28 Jul 2024

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony

With the most famous four notes in history, the opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony has captivated the world for more than 200 years.

August

2 - 3 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

The iconic blast of horns at the beginning of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony is the first of many power-packed moments in this program of dramatic contrasts.

7 - 10 Aug 2024 Classical Music

Augustin Hadelich performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto

Violin sensation Augustin Hadelich returns with Mendelssohn's exquisite Violin Concerto, led by Chief Conductor Simone Young.

23 Aug - 3 Sep 2024 Classical Music

How to Train Your Dragon in Concert

DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon is a captivating and original story that combines humour, fire-breathing action, and epic adventure!

30 - 31 Aug 2024

Beethoven’s Septet

With its breezy air, six short, characterful movements, and ample opportunity for individual solos, Beethoven’s Septet was understandably a popular party piece.

September

5 - 7 Sep 2024 Classical Music

The Cat Empire With The Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Legendary Australian band the Cat Empire bring their beloved tunes and new sounds to a musically and immersive orchestral experience with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

11 Sep 2024 Contemporary Music

Eumeralla, a War Requiem for Peace by Deborah Cheetham Fraillon

Eumeralla is a work two thousand generations in the making.

14 - 15 Sep 2024

Karen Gomyo performs Dvořák’s Violin Concerto

Romance emerges in every tempo. Sometimes it is thrillingly insistent, as in the opening movement of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony.

20 - 21 Sep 2024

Donald Runnicles conducts the Duruflé Requiem

For the first time, the Sydney Symphony will perform Duruflé's Requiem.

25 - 28 Sep 2024

Donald Runnicles conducts Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

Escape into a world of ethereal melodies and captivating harmonies.

October

11 - 12 Oct 2024

Berlioz & Ravel

There are countless chamber works written for the best-known instruments, but what about the more obscure ones?

17 - 18 Oct 2024

George Gershwin’s An American in Paris

The Roaring Twenties was a time of heady optimism in Paris. Artists and composers of every genre flocked to the city.

25 - 26 Oct 2024 Classical Music

Elgar’s Enigma Variations

There are few pieces like Elgar’s Enigma Variations. And in the hands of Sir Andrew Davis, we will experience every bit of its profound emotion.

28 Oct 2024

Nobuyuki Tsujii in Recital

This expansive program demonstrates Tsujii's endless talent.

30 Oct - 2 Nov 2024

Ingrid Fliter performs Chopin

Chopin's glittering First Piano Concerto captures the powerful feelings of youth. Written when he was 20, it's one of two works he composed for orchestra.

November

8 - 9 Nov 2024

Simone Young conducts Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

Sydney Symphony Chief Conductor Simone Young presents three masterpieces that defined their eras and looked forward to the next.

15 - 17 Nov 2024 Classical Music

Simone Young conducts Die Walküre

A merciless storm rages over Wotan’s kingdom as his son Siegmund is pursued by brutal enemies in the second instalment of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle.

27 - 30 Nov 2024

Vasily Petrenko conducts The Rite of Spring

Paris in the early 20th century was a cultural explosion of art, literature and music – and the Ballet Russes was entirely reinventing the artform.

6 - 8 Dec 2024

Home Alone in Concert

A true holiday favourite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and entertaining score performed live to film by the Sydney Symphony.

A Welcome to the 2024 Season from Sydney Symphony Chief Conductor Simone Young

Exhilarating music heard live can be a life-changing experience.

When there are only a few metres between you and the world’s greatest musicians, you can feel the power of the music. The sound waves, the atmosphere. That’s something that only live music can create.

In 2024, discover an extraordinary season of concerts. It is a season full of landmarks and large-scale epics that can only be truly experienced live, alongside music full of the most intimate moments.

We mark 150 years of Arnold Schoenberg with the Sydney premiere of his epic love story Gurrelieder, featuring 125 musicians and 200 singers. We join in the global celebrations for Anton Bruckner’s 200th anniversary, performing his Eighth Symphony – a true cathedral of sound.

You will be able to discover major voices in new music. I am delighted to be directing the Australian premiere of French composer Camille Pépin’s exquisite Violin Concerto. Deborah Cheetham Fraillon’s Eumeralla, A War Requiem for Peace, a powerful reminder of our own history, and Wata by Paul Grabowsky, a song of new beginnings, both receive their Sydney premieres.

World-renowned artists will bring their enormous talent and creativity to Sydney, including Renaud Capuçon, Augustin Hadelich, Víkingur Ólafsson, Alban Gerhardt, Ying Fang, Nobuyuki Tsujii and Ingrid Fliter. Spanish pianist Javier Perianes returns to continue our rediscovery of Beethoven’s piano concertos.

As the year unfolds, you will be able to share in the vision of esteemed conducting colleagues, including Sir Donald Runnicles, Dalia Stasevska, Osmo Vänskä, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Andrew Davis and Eduardo Strausser.

And I am thrilled to continue our multi-year Ring Cycle in concert with Wagner’s Die Walküre, bringing a truly world-class cast of Australian and international singers to Sydney – including Anja Kampe, Michaela Schuster and our very own Stuart Skelton – for this once in a generation event. It is a season full of unforgettable moments that simply must be experienced live. I hope you will join us.

Simone Young AM

Chief Conductor

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