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Sydney Symphony Orchestra

An orchestra of world standing 

Founded in 1932 by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra of world standing and one of the leading orchestras in the Asia-Pacific region. The Sydney Symphony performs approximately 150 concerts each year to an annual audience of more than 350,000. The Orchestra not only performs core symphonic repertoire but engages in collaborations with other art forms and commissions new works by Australian and international composers to ensure the vibrancy of orchestral music for generations to come. 

“This is an orchestra worthy of sharing the international stage with America and Europe’s finest.”
Limelight Magazine

2020 Season

Music doesn’t get more thrilling and moving than through the live performance from a 100-strong orchestra and the guest artists who join us from across the world. That’s the power of the music we share – it brings everyone together.

This is a season of wonderful experiences, featuring landmark works and an international roster of conductors. Donald Runnicles, Principal Guest Conductor, conducts Mahler’s sublime Fourth Symphony, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and a sparkling celebration of opera – the Italian Opera Gala. Former Chief Conductor David Robertson conducts Brahms choral masterpiece A German Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. And Chief Conductor Designate Simone Young conducts performances of Beethoven, Brahms and A Viennese Gala celebrating the greatest of waltz music.

It’s also a chance to hear the orchestra as you’ve rarely heard them before. During the renewal of the Concert Hall, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be resident in the Sydney Town Hall, one of the world’s best acoustic venues.

You can hear the orchestra performing at the Opera House in their Cocktail Hour chamber music series in the Utzon Room.


Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2020 Season

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2020 season is packed with star-talent and musical treasures. There really is something for all musical tastes and ages. Choose music.