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Music that will move you, art that challenges, ideas that inspire: we’re excited to bring you an all-new selection for August on Stream, our new digital platform that brings the many wonders of the Sydney Opera House experience right to your home. Be transported by five vibrantly cinematic films from the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s StudioCasts series, move to the breathless global rhythms of the Jamestown Collective’s INFUSION No Movement No Sound, and experience the innovative, virtuoso musicianship of Ensemble Offspring in Mesmerism. We’ve also got Ideas at the House, a fascinating, original series of one-on-one talks with Ione Skye, Tilly Lawless, FlexMami and Yumi Stynes; and a new instalment of our Shortwave digital art series, featuring emerging Western Sydney artist Kalanjay Dhir. Let’s dive in…

ACO StudioCasts Collection

Transform your living room into a concert hall with this collection of four films from the Australian Chamber Orchestra – the orchestra that pushes the limits of performance into new and exciting realms. Available to rent as a four-film collection on Stream, the ACO’s StudioCasts series has been created to enhance the performance experience through stunning cinematography and sound.

Filmed live in the magnificent, expansive surrounds of Sydney Town Hall’s Centennial Hall by director Matisse Ruby, Rapture & Revolution features Australian Chamber Orchestra maestro Richard Tognetti as he leads his musicians through Vaughan Williams’ rapturous 'The Lark Ascending', alongside selections from Beethoven’s moving 'Cavatina' and the revolutionary 'Grosse Fuge'.

Anguish, redemption and the great beyond mix in Bach and the Beyond, which sets the timeless music of Bach alongside evocative new compositions from Richard Tognetti. Guest flautist Emmanuel Pahud electrifies the turbulent fugue from Bach’s 'The Musical Offering', ACO cellist Timo-Veikko Valve delivers an evocative solo in 'St Matthew Passion', and Satu Vänskä’s hypnotic vocals elevate Tognetti’s compositions, which include a reimagining of Paganini’s devilish 'Caprice No. 24'.

Perfect for lifting you out of your lockdown blues, Matisse Ruby’s exquisitely cinematic concert film Love & Transfiguration transforms shadows into the radiance of new light. Featuring performances of Pēteris Vasks' 'Vox amoris' and Schoenberg's 'Verklärte Nacht', the moving this concert experience evokes life’s complex play of melancholy and elation, where joy can spring from our darkest moments and love emerges as the ultimate redemption.

One from – and for – the heart, the magical Tchaikovsky's Serenade concert film celebrates the work of two composers who reached into their emotional core and gave the world something special. In 'Serenade for Strings', Tchaikovsky goes deep into his innermost feelings, conjuring up his adoration for Mozart and the eclectic influence of Russian folk music – resulting in one of his most beloved and enduring works. In George Walker’s 'Lyric for Strings', the pioneering Black composer and Pulitzer Prize-winner mixes a lamentation into a dramatic movement of lush harmonies and stark solo passages.

The final spectacular concert film, Tabula Rasa, features Artistic Director Richard Tognetti leading the ACO through performances of Arvo Pärt's 'Tabula Rasa' and Shostakovich's 'Chamber Symphony', backed by luscious video projections by renowned cinematographer Jon Frank and Beizj Studio.

All five works are available as a special collection, available to watch for 30 days for $29.99.

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INFUSION No Movement No Sound

Recorded live in the Sydney Opera House Studio in June, this thrilling performance for kids of all ages celebrates the vibrancy of African, Indian and Australian rhythms through traditional and contemporary dance. Led by Ghanaian dancer and musician Lucky Lartey, the Jamestown Collective reinvents global rhythms with dynamic visuals, fusing the traditional sounds and storytelling of Africa, India and Australia with dazzling contemporary dance moves that will leave you feeling uplifted, inspired – and a little bit breathless.

Available to rent for $9.99 on Stream for 30 days, No Movement No Sound comes with bonus video content that lets you explore the eclectic international instruments, plus a lesson in gumboot dancing – what better way to celebrate the rhythm that lives within us all?

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Ideas at the House

Our long-running podcast Ideas at the House comes to life in this series of specially filmed one-on-one interviews, all free to watch on Stream. Join Sydney Opera House’s former Head of Talks & Ideas Edwina Throsby as she explores the very different lives and stories of actor, artist and Gen-X icon Ione Skye (Say Anything, River’s Edge), Sydney-based sex-worker and feminist activist Tilly Lawless, best-selling author, podcaster and businesswoman FlexMami, and popular Australian presenter and author Yumi Stynes. Sure to spark the conversation!

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Shortwave | Kalanjay Dhir: The best I can do is redirect energy

This month, our free-to-stream digital art series Shortwave hosts a new work by Western Sydney-based artist and musician Kalanjay Dhir, one half of hip-hop duo Slim Set, a founder of the Pari artist-run space in Parramatta, and the co-host of 'Sunset with 2K' on FBi Radio. Drawing from sci-fi, videogame aesthetics, pop culture conspiracy theories and spiritual texts, Dhir’s work explores mythological and speculative tech through sculpture, video and internet objects – wondering what the world would look like if we built things with a secular devotion.

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Ensemble Offspring | Mesmerism

Catch Sydney Opera House favourites Ensemble Offspring with this free-to-watch performance of Mesmerism, an intimate and eclectic program recorded live as part of our Digital Season in 2020. Lead by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, the innovative musical outfit present new arrangements of Melody Eötvös’ celebration of the tiny water bear, Tardigradus, Andrea Keller’s performer-sampling, Love in Solitude (with text by Rainer Maria Rilke), and a Jessica Wells' virtuoso arrangement of Paul Mac’s electronic work, Mesmerism.

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Behind the Scenes | Kids Tour of the Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House’s Places and Spaces tour is one of our most popular digital classroom experiences, and now you can take the journey around Bennelong Point from the comfort of your own home. Presented by our expert guide, this film goes behind the scenes at one of the city’s most beloved and iconic pieces of architecture, travelling back to discover the site’s rich Indigenous history and cultural significance, looking at the building’s fascinating design by architect Jørn Utzon, and giving you a glimpse into the creation of one of our signature live concert experiences. It’s a fascinating treat for anyone curious to know more about this Sydney landmark. Best of all, it’s free!

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