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Sydney Symphony Orchestra

2018 Season

In 2018 the Sydney Symphony Orchestra present another season of beautiful, inspiring, fascinating and vibrant music-making in the Sydney Opera House. 

Choose from over 40 concerts...

     

     

Classical Music

Classical Music

Dramatic Mozart

01 Feb 2018 - 03 Feb 2018

Hear the wild side of Mozart in the first of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Celebration programs with Chief Conductor David Robertson and pianist Emanuel Ax.
Electric Entertaining Moving
Classical Music

Seductive Mozart

05 Feb 2018 - 07 Feb 2018

Mozart will win your heart in the second of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Celebration programs with Chief Conductor David Robertson and pianist Emanuel Ax.
Invigorating Playful Delightful
Classical Music

Magnificient Mozart

09 Feb 2018 - 10 Feb 2018

Let Mozart impress you in the third and final of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Celebration programs with Chief Conductor David Robertson and pianist Emanuel Ax.
Inspiring Energising Sublime
Classical Music

Heaven is Closed: Batiashvili plays Prokofiev

28 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018

Music that’s vivid, colourful and wickedly funny. Two anti-heroes, a great violin concerto and a popular Australian composer.
Exhilarating Sublime Light Hearted
Classical Music

Nelson Freire plays the Emperor

14 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018

Nelson Freire returns to Sydney with Beethoven’s mighty Emperor concerto, paired with some of the best moments from Wagner’s Ring cycle.
Moving Inspiring Exhilarating
Classical Music

Anne Sofie von Otter sings Schubert

22 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018

Anne Sofie von Otter returns to Sydney with signature Schubert, and Donald Runnicles conducts Mahler’s final symphony.
Moving Revealing Sublime
Classical Music

Beethoven's Mass in C

11 Apr 2018 - 14 Apr 2018

A choral masterpiece by Beethoven and one of Haydn’s great London symphonies in a stirring and magnificent program.
Moving Inspiring Sublime
Classical Music

Spirit of Delight

16 May 2018 - 19 May 2018

Elgar summons the “Spirit of Delight” in his Second Symphony and Lukáš Vondráček returns to play Prokofiev’s famous third piano concerto.
Moving Inspiring Exhilarating
Classical Music

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Tchaikovsky

14 Jun 2018 - 16 Jun 2018

The “queen of the violin” returns to Sydney to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in a concert conducted by David Robertson.
Moving Inspiring Exhilarating
Classical Music

Verdi’s Requiem

21 Jun 2018 - 25 Jun 2018

Verdi’s awe-inspiring Requiem lends the drama of opera to a deeply personal expression of grief.
Moving Exhilarating Sublime
Music that will move your spirit and engage your senses: Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody with symphonies by Mendelssohn and Edwards.
Moving Inspiring Energising
Classical Music

Pictures at an Exhibition

18 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018

Exhilarating music from two Russian masters and the Australian premiere of a new American violin concerto.
Moving Bold Uplifting
Classical Music

Spanish Nights

02 Aug 2018 - 04 Aug 2018

Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and a new piano concerto in a program of gorgeous symphonic impressions.
Sensual Sublime Delightful
Classical Music

Mahler Six Simone Young Conducts

08 Aug 2018 - 11 Aug 2018

Experience the tragedy, solace and drama of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony when Simone Young returns to the SSO.
Moving Bold Exhilarating
Classical Music

Brahms Revelation: Symphony No.4

22 Aug 2018 - 25 Aug 2018

The first of two programs in a Brahms mini-festival, conducted by David Robertson.
Nostalgic Inspiring Bold
Classical Music

Brahms Revelation Favourite Concertos

29 Aug 2018 - 03 Sep 2018

The second of two programs in a Brahms mini-festival, conducted by SSO Chief Conductor David Robertson.
Moving Bold Uplifting
Classical Music

Ashkenazy's Romeo and Juliet

19 Sep 2018 - 22 Sep 2018

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to the SSO to conduct a Romantic program inspired by the greatest love story of all.
Moving Inspiring Exhilarating
Classical Music

Tchaikovsky's Cello Favourites

27 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018

Hear Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Strauss’s Symphonia domestica in this all-Romantic program.
Moving Energising Bold
Classical Music

Thibaudet plays the Egyptian Concerto With Sibelius Two

17 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018

Hear Sibelius’s most popular symphony with evocative and sensuous music by Debussy and Saint-Saëns.
Moving Sensual Invigorating
Classical Music

Beethoven Nine

25 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018

Edo de Waart returns to Sydney with Beethoven’s Ninth and Haydn’s magnificent London Symphony.
Moving Exhilarating Sublime
Classical Music

Beethoven Seven

07 Nov 2018 - 08 Nov 2018

Choose from three exhilarating programs, with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony as the highlight in each one!
Moving Eclectic Invigorating
Classical Music

Prokofiev Five

12 Nov 2018

David Robertson conducts a modern Russian classic and an exciting new percussion concerto with soloist Claire Edwardes
Moving Inspiring Exhilarating
Classical Music

European Tour Farewell Concert

16 Nov 2018 - 17 Nov 2018

We’re heading to Europe! Come cheer us on our way with a gala program featuring music from the luscious Romantic sound world of Vienna.
Moving Bold Uplifting

     

Special Events

Contemporary Music

Meow Meow's Pandemonium

22 Jan 2018 - 23 Jan 2018

International siren and comedienne extraordinaire Meow Meow joins forces with the entire Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a glorious performance of subversive and sublime entertainment, fresh from an acclaimed season with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Iain Grandage.
Bold Playful Sublime
Contemporary Music

Evanescence: Synthesis Live

13 Feb 2018 - 14 Feb 2018

Experience this unique performance featuring the orchestral reworks of some of Evanescence’s best-loved songs
Exclusive Moving Electric
Classical Music

Taikoz and the SSO

22 Feb 2018 - 24 Feb 2018

It’s Japanese music with an Australian twist when drumming ensemble Taikoz performs with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Electric Bold Eye opening
Contemporary Music

Eskimo Joe and the SSO

06 Mar 2018 - 07 Mar 2018

The boys will be performing their massive hits including From the Sea, Black Fingernails Red Wine, Foreign Land amongst other favourites, all under the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
Electric Energising Entertaining
Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ – in Concert.
Cult favourite Moving Eclectic
Classical Music

The Bernstein Songbook

10 May 2018 - 12 May 2018

Come on the town with Leonard Bernstein in a concert of musical theatre highlights from Candide to West Side Story and more!
Nostalgic Memorable Invigorating
Classical Music

Last Night of the Proms

08 Jun 2018 - 09 Jun 2018

Wear your red, white & blue, grab your flag and your friends then head to the Sydney Opera House for The Last Night of the Proms!
Moving Eclectic Delightful
Classical Music

A Night at the Speakeasy

29 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018

Hear George Gershwin “live” with the SSO in Rhapsody in Blue!
Nostalgic Exhilarating Light Hearted
Musical Theatre

Funny Girl - The Musical in Concert

12 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018

The bright lights of Broadway will shine on the Sydney Opera House next July as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents the hit Broadway musical Funny Girl in Concert. Get tickets now.
Nostalgic Entertaining Delightful
Classical Music

Sinfonia Flamenca

06 Sep 2018 - 08 Sep 2018

Authentic Flamenco tradition meets the symphony orchestra for an experience like no other!
Moving Romantic Exhilarating

     

Family Concerts

Classical Music

Who Needs a Conductor Anyway?

11 Mar 2018

Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi teams up with the SSO for a rollercoaster ride through the great piano concertos. Now, where did we put the conductor?
Entertaining Playful Educational
Classical Music

Thum Prints

16 Sep 2018

Tom Thum, the man with the orchestra in his mouth, fronts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a concert that will leave you amazed.
Entertaining Exhilarating Light Hearted
Classical Music

The Happiness Box

4 Nov 2018

Children’s TV presenter Jay Laga’aia narrates an inspiring story of friendship and courage with music by Bryony Marks in this SSO Family concert for kids 5-12 and their families.
Entertaining Educational Light Hearted

     

Tea & Symphony

François Leleux, one of the great oboists of our time, returns to Sydney and the SSO in a breezy program with a French theme.
Moving Inspiring Sublime
Experience the spectacular sound of the Sydney Opera House Grand Organ with David Drury at the console.
Inspiring Eye opening Invigorating
Hear the SSO Brass Ensemble in a rousing concert that will make your day!
Moving Energising Uplifting
Join the percussionists of the SSO for a fascinating and thrilling musical journey.
Eclectic Inspiring Entertaining
Music that will move your spirit and engage your senses: Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody with symphonies by Mendelssohn and Edwards.
Moving Inspiring Energising
Classical Music

French Fellowship - Tea & Symphony

26 Oct 2018

Stravinsky’s Pulcinella suite is the highlight in a vibrant concert to showcase the 2018 SSO Fellows.
Sensual Sublime Delightful
Classical Music

Beethoven Seven - Tea & Symphony

9 Nov 2018

Choose from three exhilarating programs, with Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony as the highlight in each one!
Moving Eclectic Invigorating

     

Cocktail Hour

Classical Music

Bach and Beethoven

17 Mar 2018

It’s Bach with a twist and Beethoven straight up in this one-hour concert of intimate chamber music.
Inspiring Sublime Intimate
Classical Music

Marsalis and Korngold

14 Apr 2018

Blues, tango, bebop and the Viennese waltz meet in this one-hour concert of intimate chamber music.
Nostalgic Inspiring Eclectic
Classical Music

Grieg and Villa-Lobos

16 Jun 2018

It’s a melting pot of musical influences in this one-hour concert of intimate chamber music.
Moving Inspiring Intimate
Classical Music

Debussy and Shostakovich

21 Jul 2018

Revel in the sounds of the harp and a powerful Shostakovich string quartet in this one-hour concert of chamber music.
Moving Eclectic Intimate
Classical Music

Bruch and Dvorak

8 Sep 2018

Enjoy two string quintets with a difference in this one-hour early evening concert of chamber music.
Moving Sublime Intimate
Classical Music

Mozart and Wagner

22 Sep 2018

Awake to the beauty of music with this one-hour early evening concert of chamber music, performed by the SSO Fellows.
Moving Delightful Intimate