Meet the Music Concert Series

Our mainstage performances with repertoire that supports the current music education syllabus for Stages 5 & 6.

Our Meet the Music selection offers teachers more concert choices this year. It’s an opportunity to design a package of concerts that meets your teaching program. All concerts offered include works that align with Stage 5 & 6 music syllabus topics. For the first time, we are also offering daytime concerts to provide more attendance opportunities. We have nominated concerts from our new Symphony Hour Series, one-hour long concerts which feature one major work - and Classics in the City, our new City Recital Hall series which surveys key musical periods and styles. 

Prices

Students: $30 per ticket
Teachers and Assistants: Free
Teacher Resource Fee applies: $30 per school (one-time only), + $2.50 per ticket booked

Early Bird Offer

Book before 30 November 2019 and get $5 on every student ticket!

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Concert 1: The Rite of Spring

Term 1, Week 4
19 & 20 February 7pm
Sydney Town Hall

Stravinsky’s ballet caused a riot at its premiere, and it’s easy to hear why. Calling for a gargantuan orchestra, The Rite is one of the great experiences of music.

Key Elective Topics
Music 1900-1945
19th Century Music

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Concert 2: Debussy and Ravel

Term 1, Week 5
27 February 1.30pm
Sydney Town Hall

From the very first bar, Mendelssohn puts us out on the rolling, grey-green ocean. Debussy’s sea is different, a more glittering view of the wind.

Key Elective Topics
Music 1900-1945
19th Century Music

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Concert 3: Scheherazade

Term 1, Week 7
11 & 12 March February 7pm
Sydney Town Hall

Debussy’s little masterpiece is languid, ecstatic music of a summer afternoon lying in the grass. It’s also quietly revolutionary. Modern music began here. 

Key Elective Topic
Music 1900-1945

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Concert 4: Handel and Telemann

Term 1, Week 10
1 & 2 April, 7pm
City Recital Hall

Handel’s ebullient suites were written for the outdoors: a royal boating party on the Thames, and a huge firework display for a grand celebration. 

Key Elective Topics
Baroque

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Concert 5: Northern Lights Festival 1

Term 2, Week 4
21 May 1.30pm
Sydney Town Hall

With the tranquillity of Morning, and the terrifying Mountain King, Grieg’s music has far outlasted the play for which it was written. 

Key Elective Topics
Music 1900-1945
19th Century Music

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Concert 6: Northern Lights Festival 2

Term 2, Week 5
28 May 1.30pm
Sydney Town Hall

Sibelius wrote excitedly to his wife that he had ‘a marvellous opening idea’. And he had: with the soloist’s quiet, intense entry over murmuring strings, the beginning is heart-stopping. 

Key Elective Topic
Music 1900-1945

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Concert 7: Rebel, Gabrieli, Vivaldi

Term 2, Week 7
10 & 11 June 7pm
City Recital Hall

In a program spanning the high Baroque, Corelli’s buoyant concerto stands out. 

Key Elective Topics
Baroque

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Concert 8: Simone Young Conducts Beethoven

Term 3, Week 2
30 July 1.30pm
Sydney Town Hall

Beethoven never heard his Seventh Symphony: when he composed it, he was deaf. 

Key Elective Topics
Australian Music
Music of the Past 25 Years
Classical

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Concert 9: Mozart and Beethoven

Term 1, Week 7
19 & 20 August 7pm
City Recital Hall

Beethoven’s charming Romances are some of his most carefree music, with Henning Kraggerud lovingly caressing gentle, fresh melodies. 

Key Elective Topic
Classical 

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Concert 10: Brahms Symphony No.4

Term 3, Week 8
9 & 10 September 7pm
Sydney Town Hall

Brahms saw the symphony as the pinnacle of musical thought. His final symphony is a towering summation of his life’s work, and of his place in history. 

Key Elective Topics
19th Century Music
Classical

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Concert 11: Dvořák Cello Concerto

Term 3, Week 10
24 September 1.30pm
Sydney Town Hall

Its big tunes and electric energy have secured it a place in the hearts of audiences and artists everywhere. 

Key Elective Topics
Music 1900-1945
19th Century Music

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Concert 12: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2

Term 4, Week 1
15 October 1.30pm
Sydney Town Hall

The Ukrainian-Australian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk is perfectly matched to Rachmaninov’s concerto, whose soloist must have fingers of steel and a romantic heart. 

Key Elective Topic
Music 1900-1945

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Concert 13: Mozart and Tchaikovsky

Term 4, Week 4
5 November 7pm
Sydney Town Hall

Fate and despair suffuse the Pathétique. But with its dark opening, a waltz in 5/4, and an exhilarating march immediately followed by the first slow finale in symphonic history, it’s also extremely original. 

Key Elective Topics
19th Century Music
Classical

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Concert 14: Mahler Symphony No.4

Term 4, Week 5
11 & 12 November 7pm
Sydney Town Hall

This wonderful piece is one of Mahler’s most unusual and fantastical. It includes barnyard noises, a devilish fiddle solo, and a reverie of unmatched calm. 

Key Elective Topic
Music 1900-1945

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Teachers Lounge

Teachers Lounge

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Schools Concerts

Teaching Primary?

Developed for Stages 1-4, our School Concerts introduce students to live orchestral music. 

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Teacher Resource Kits

Teacher Resource Kits

Our bespoke kits are available for performances included in the Meet the Music selection.

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