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Sydney Symphony Orchestra

2021 Season

Take a new journey with Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 2021 Season.

Nothing’s more uplifting than live music. 

This is the spirit behind the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Season – an opportunity to stand by Australian talent as the Sydney Symphony celebrate all the places only music can take you.

On our way, we’ll travel round the world and up to the present day. From Vienna’s golden age and radical Romanticism, to Russian resistance and 21st century post-minimalism. These are shared stories told through music – a season starring world-class artists from both home and abroad.

     

     

In the Utzon Room

Classical Music

Tchaikovsky & Grieg

30 Apr 2021 - 01 May 2021

Like the city that inspired the work, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence is both lush and grand – mingled with cobbled corners of romance and innocence.
Classical Music

Mozart & Shostakovich

11 Jun 2021 - 12 Jun 2021

From one master to another. These quartets by Mozart and Shostakovich are musical tributes.
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Francaix & Mozart

16 Jul 2021 - 17 Jul 2021

Quick, witty and lighthearted – Françaix’s quartet is unusually virtuosic, and unmistakably French. Mozart’s Divertimento is one of his most uplifting pieces of chamber music.
Classical Music

Mozart & Brahms

23 Jul 2021 - 24 Jul 2021

Mozart’s Grand Sestetto is a recrafting of his Sinfonia Concertante, realising the grandeur of the orchestral original with the powerful intimacy of a small ensemble.
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Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

10 Sep 2021 - 11 Sep 2021

Before The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky composed his First String Quartet. its slow and melancholic second movement was stirring enough to bring Leo Tolstoy to tears.
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Sydney Symphony Woodwinds

12 Nov 2021 - 13 Nov 2021

Bright mornings, languid afternoons and pensive nights – woodwinds can capture the flow of life in all its subtlety, temperament and seasonality.

At Sydney Town Hall

Classical Music

Ray Chen performs Tchaikovsky

10 Feb 2021 - 13 Feb 2021

It’s an all-star Australian line up in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 2021 Season opener. Ray Chen performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Simone Young conducts Dvořák’s New World Symphony.
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Simone Young conducts Beethoven

18 Feb 2021 - 20 Feb 2021

Experience the fire and feeling kindled when two musical spirits meet. Simone Young pushes every button in her masterful interpretation of Beethoven’s music.
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Jonny Greenwood & Saint-Saëns

25 Feb 2021

Refractions of light cascade and overlap in Jonny Greenwood’s Water and Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony resonates throughout the Sydney Town Hall.
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Mozart and Schumann

17 Mar 2021 - 20 Mar 2021

Happiness is listening to Mozart. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs some of Mozart’s most beloved pieces, and Schumann’s defiantly optimistic Second Symphony.
Classical Music

Haydn & Gabrieli

27 Mar 2021

Gabrieli’s Canzoni are the pinnacle of early Baroque choral style, and Haydn’s Seven Last Words is some of his most daring and dramatic music.
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Sibelius Symphony No.2

22 Apr 2021

Max Richter’s minimalist style is simple but sublime. Sibelius’ Second Symphony begins quietly, then it melts into warm and expansive music.
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Mahler's Fourth Symphony

6 May 2021

Experience the might and magnificence of Mahler. In his Fourth Symphony, he takes us to the heavens themselves.
There’s music in poetry, just as there’s poetry in music. In the songs of Schubert and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony we hear two poetry-lovers at play.
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Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

12 May 2021 - 15 May 2021

Birdsong. Flowing rivers. Summer storms. Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony has us stop and smell the roses.
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Adams & Shostakovich

27 May 2021

If you’re trying to burst onto the scene, why not go big? Hear the music that launched the careers of John Adams and Shostakovich.
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Grieg's Piano Concerto

12 Jun 2021

Grieg's Piano Concerto is full of joy, from its dramatic opening to its spectacular ending. Ravel’s music celebrates the memory of lost friends.
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Beethoven & Brahms

16 Jun 2021 - 19 Jun 2021

From the quiet opening of Beethoven's Triple Concerto emerges music that’s all about the interplay between soloists.
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Shostakovich Symphony No.10

14 Jul 2021 - 17 Jul 2021

Premiered in 1953 after the death of Stalin, Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is a bumpy ride of emotion and inner turmoil.
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Simone Young conducts Bach & Brahms

29 July 2021

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor Designate Simone Young creates a program of huge colour with two evocative pieces by Bach and Brahms.
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Simone Young conducts Brahms

31 Jul 2021

There are perfectionists. And then there’s Brahms. His first orchestral masterpiece is as moving as it is masterly.
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Simone Young conducts Mozart's Requiem

04 Aug 2021 - 07 Aug 2021

Mozart’s Requiem Mass is one of the most famous Classical choral works we have. But its story remains something of a mystery.
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Sibelius & Tchaikovsky

25 Aug 2021 - 28 Aug 2021

A cool wind emerges from the opening notes of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. Whilst, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony whirls us away into an exploration of Fate.
Classical Music

Stephen Hough performs Tchaikovsky

15 Sep 2021 - 18 Sep 2021

Soaring melodies. Vibrantly rich colour. And a heart-pounding start. Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto remains a favourite for good reason. Stephen Hough, brings his phenomenal musicianship.
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Stephen Hough performs Beethoven

25 Sep 2021

Three geniuses of the Germanic repertoire are celebrated in this program: Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Mozart.
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Shamray performs Rachmaninov

13 Oct 2021 - 16 Oct 2021

Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto is a torrent of emotion, melody and colour and demands a truly virtuosic performance. Performed by fellow Russian, Konstantin Shamray
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Adès, Illean & Debussy

4 Nov 2021

Feel the breeze ruffle the ocean as bright young talent Finnegan Downie Dear takes us on a voyage through starlight and salt spray.
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Sibelius Symphony No.5

10 Nov 2021 - 13 Nov 2021

Sibelius takes us to poetic heights in his glorious Fifth Symphony.