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Vaughan Williams & Shostakovich

Symphonies in miniature

Shostakovich’s fifteen string quartets are some of the finest works for small ensemble, and alongside those of Haydn and Beethoven, are indispensable.

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Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Adult tickets from $90, concessions available
Reserve General Admission
Adult AdultGeneral Admission$90.00
Student StudentGeneral Admission$63.00
Pensioner PensionerGeneral Admission$81.00
Under 35 Under 35General Admission$77.00
Child ChildGeneral Admission$54.00
*Booking fee of $8.95 may apply


This concert will conclude at approximately 7pm. Latecomers might be admitted during a suitable break in the performance and will be guided to first available seats.

Your Guide to Music

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

Concert Guide

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

His ninth string quartet was composed in 1964 and came during a period of relative happiness and artistic freedom following the terrors of the Stalin years.

Written to be performed without any break, this quartet positively fizzes with energy, with richness and detail in both structure and texture. Experience all sides of the composer, from the traditionalist who worshipped Bach to the modern creator who found so much inspiration in jazz.

Ralph Vaughan Williams rarely composed chamber music, but what he did write is magnificent. His Phantasy Quintet displays all the trademarks of his style: rich textures, exquisite harmonies and melodic lines that soar high above muscular lower notes. It’s a symphony in miniature.

There is so much to discover in this special event, and two perfect opportunities for collaboration between superb musicians.


SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.9



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