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Steve Reich and Bach


JS Bach and Steve Reich might be centuries apart, but their precise, clear and rich musical languages make compelling partners in this intimate concert.

Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Adult tickets from $89, concessions available
Reserve General Admission
Adult AdultGeneral Admission$89.00
Student StudentGeneral Admission$81.00
Pensioner PensionerGeneral Admission$81.00
Under 35 Under 35General Admission$45.00
Booking fee of $8.95 apply.


Latecomers might be admitted during a suitable break in the performance and will be guided to first available seats. This concert will conclude at approximately 6:45pm.

Your Guide To Music

This concert will be hosted by Genevieve Lang, who shall expertly guide your listening experience.

Program Book

Behind every great piece is a great story. Have a read through the program book to get all the details.

A rush of pure energy, Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet showcases his masterful use of minimal instrumentation to create a rich and dramatic sound

BBC Music Magazine described this as vintage Reich:

A smooth minimalist sheen on the surface [belying] structures that are beguilingly complex.

Bach’s music is centuries away from minimalism, but in common with Reich’s Quartet, has a driving momentum that propels his glittering harmonies forward – qualities that make his work immensely satisfying to hear. In Bach’s oboe concerto, here arranged for percussion, oboe and strings, that sense of motion provides energy for a bright, joyful work.

The Debussy Rhapsodie is a famous orchestral piece, arranged here for oboe and strings by our Principal Cor Anglais, Alexandre Oguey. It is a beautiful, intimate rendition of Debussy’s colourful music.


DEBUSSY arr. OGUEY Rhapsodie
JS BACH arr. OGUEY & CONSTABLE Concerto in D, BWV 1053R
STEVE REICH Mallet Quartet


David Campbell
Sophie Cole
Timothy Constable
Rosemary Curtin
Fenella Gill
Rebecca Lagos
Alexandre Oguey
Mark Robinson