Pre-Concert Talks

Before almost all of our classical performances we invite some of Australia’s greatest musical minds to discuss the music on the program.

A Sydney Symphony Orchestra talk is an ideal introduction to the concert. You can always read up in advance, you can listen to recordings – but a pre-concert talk brings words and music together for:

  • a deeper insight into the overarching themes of the concert
  • clues for how to listen during the performance
  • the perfect transition between the distractions of daily life and the intensity and focus of an orchestral concert.

Join us in the welcoming ambience of the Northern Foyer of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall or the first floor Reception Room at City Recital Hall 45 minutes before all our subscription and gala concerts (with the exception of the Tea & Symphony series). You can find more details for pre-concert talks on each concert page.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra speakers are a diverse bunch: performers, historians, producers, writers, composers. But they have tend to have two things in common: a profound curiosity about music, its sound and its context, and experience in music programming or the presentation of concerts.