Meet the Music Concert Series

Our flagship presentation for students features eight Sydney Symphony Orchestra concerts across two series, providing an invaluable and affordable opportunity to inspire students. These concerts are specifically programmed to support current syllabus requirements.


Book a student subscription of two or more concerts and save!

Bonus complimentary subscriptions – 1 complimentary teacher subscription for every 10 student subscriptions (max. of 5 complimentary subscriptions available to each school)  
Students – $30 per concert
Additional teachers – $45 per concert 


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Meet the Music 1

World Music: An exploration of music and culture

In 2019, enjoy four unique concerts.  Explore American jazz through Wynton Marsalis’ new symphonic composition. Experience flavours of the Middle East with the remarkable Egyptian oud played by Joseph Tawadros. Be captivated by Vivaldi and Piazzola’s interpretations of the four seasons, and enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the Last Night of the Proms.


The Sydney Symphony and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The Sydney Symphony and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Thursday 21 February 6.30pm

VARÈSE Amériques (1929)
MARSALIS The Jungle – Symphony No.4  Australian Premiere

A Parisian in America, Edgard Varèse was entranced by the tumultuous soundscape of New York. Amériques is a portrait of the city in all its thrilling chaos. Wynton Marsalis, who appears with his Orchestra in this concert, is the epitome of American creativity. Jazz band meets orchestra in the trumpeter-composer’s prowl through the concrete jungle from Spanish Harlem to Wall Street. It’s a love letter to the ‘brash, brassy, razzle-dazzle’ of Marsalis’s New York.

David Robertson conductor
Wynton Marsalis trumpet
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra*

*For a workshop day with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra see the Orchestral Workshop Program page.


Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms

Thursday 6 June 6.30pm

Program includes…
Rule, Britannia!
PARRY Jerusalem
ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance – March No.1

It’s the annual audience favourite where you can belt out 'Rule, Britannia!', stomp your feet, wave your flag and  join in the merriment celebrating the finest in British classical and popular music. Guy Noble conducts the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and special guests in a concert filled to the brim with best-loved melodies (for all ages!), including Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.

Guy Noble conductor
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs


Music of the Oud

Music of the Oud

Thursday 20 June 6.30pm

Program includes…
TAWADROS orch. Wells
Oud Concerto
TAWADROS Three Pieces with Orchestra

The charismatic Joseph Tawadros will enchant you with his music, his storytelling and his virtuosity on the oud, the Egyptian lute. Classical and original music from the crossroads of East and West, old and new, woven around his entrancing Oud Concerto.

Benjamin Northey conductor
Joseph Tawadros oud
Tawadros Trio


The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons

Thursday 10 October 6.30pm

PIAZZOLLA arr. Desyatnikov The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
VIVALDI The Four Seasons

Concertmaster Andrew Haveron is the soloist in Vivaldi’s dazzlingly imaginative evocation of the sights, sounds and sensations of the Italian seasons – feel the sirocco of Summer and the slippery Venetian ice of Winter. Interlaced with Vivaldi’s Seasons, Piazzolla’s sketches of Buenos Aires move to the heartbeat of the tango.

Andrew Haveron violin-director


Meet the Music 2

Great classics and contemporary Australian works

These concerts will challenge students in an exploration of great classics from Sibelius, Nielsen, Liszt, and Elgar, along with contemporary works by Australian composers Richard Mills, James Ledger, and Ella Macens.


Barry Douglas performs Brahms

Barry Douglas performs Brahms

Wednesday 27 March 6.30pm

MILLS Aeolian Caprices
SIBELIUS Symphony No.7
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2

Called into action by a soaring horn melody, the piano is hero in Brahms’ noble second piano concerto. Its contrasts of grandeur and intimacy make it the ideal vehicle for acclaimed Brahms specialist Barry Douglas. The unbroken arc of Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony is a constantly accelerating journey across an enigmatic emotional landscape. And Aeolian Caprices by Australian Richard Mills is an orchestral firework of glittering colour.

Lawrence Renes conductor
Barry Douglas piano


The Sydney Symphony Presents Paul Goodchild

The Sydney Symphony celebrates Paul Goodchild

Wednesday 8 May 6.30pm

MACENS The Space Between Stars
LOVELOCK Trumpet Concerto
NIELSEN Symphony No.4, The Inextinguishable

Carl Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony is animated by the inextinguishable power of music and life. William Lovelock’s tuneful Australian classic lets Associate Principal Trumpet Paul Goodchild shine in a celebration of his artistry. And to begin a concert that’s brazen and bright, music by award-winning young composer Ella Macens takes us to the space between stars.

Jessica Cottis conductor
Paul Goodchild trumpet


Schubert, Liszt and Ledger

Schubert, Liszt and Ledger

Wednesday 21 August 6.30pm

LEDGER Two Memorials (for Anton Webern and John Lennon)
SCHUBERT arr. Liszt Wanderer Fantasy
LISZT Dante Symphony

Simone Young is our guide to Vienna and beyond as James Ledger memorialises Viennese composer Anton Webern and John Lennon – an odd pairing, at least on the surface… Louis Lortie is the soloist in the masterful Wanderer Fantasy. And Liszt’s retelling of Dante’s epic Divine Comedy leads us through Hell and Purgatory and on to a song of faith.

Simone Young conductor
Louis Lortie piano


Andreas Brantelid

Andreas Brantelid performs Elgar’s Cello Concerto

Wednesday 18 September 6.30pm

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
ELGAR Cello Concerto
ELGAR Enigma Variations

Elgar’s powerful and poetic Cello Concerto was his favourite and most candid creation. The greatest cello concerto in the repertoire, it’s a tour de force for the sensational Andreas Brantelid. Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a portrait of his friends – at its heart the nobility of Nimrod. Tudor England echoes in the soaring vaults of Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia.

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor
Andreas Brantelid cello


Professional Learning for Secondary Teachers

Professional Learning for Secondary Teachers

Engage with leading music educators, professional musicians, composers and conductors in these seminars for our Meet the Music program.


Schools Concerts for Secondary Students

Schools Concerts for Secondary Students

The perfect introduction to live orchestral performance and the diverse world of western art music. 


Join our Learning and Engagement Program

Join our Learning and Engagement program

Get access to our teacher workshops and give your students access to discounted concert tickets.