Adelaide Town Hall Tours
Go on a fascinating tour of the building guided by City of Adelaide's passionate and knowledgeable volunteers.
Learn about the building's architecture, world famous organ, history, and Colonel William Light: British military officer and the first Surveyor-General of the Colony of South Australia.
RSL SA/NT ANZAC BALL
The RSL SA/NT ANZAC Ball is the night of nights on the RSL SA/NT ANZAC program calendar.
The Black-Tie event will offer a three-course dinner and beverages for 250 guests, prepared by some of Adelaide’s finest chefs in one of the premium corporate venues, the Adelaide Town Hall’s Auditorium.
A night of entertainment will kick off with Adelaide's own, The Hindley Street Country Club, followed by our multi-talented favourite Vietnam Veteran Normie Rowe, who will perform an eclectic variety of rock-n-roll tunes to dance the night away.
International Jazz Day
Musical director and saxophonist Adam Page leads a stunning array of local, national and international performers in a global celebration recognising the incredible art form of jazz.
The show features some of the world’s best jazz talent including award winning Emma Pask, who has firmly established herself as one of Australia’s favourite jazz vocalists.
Special guests include two international award winning musicians from UNESCO Creative Cities of Music – multi-instrumentalist and film composer Jonathan Crayford (Auckland, New Zealand) and contemporary jazz saxophonist Helena Kay (Glasgow, Scotland).
Along with talented Adelaide musicians Kyrie Anderson on drums, double bass player Bonnie Aué and Thomas Voss on Trombone, the ensemble will perform familiar jazz standards reimagined and original compositions from Jonathan Crayford and Adam Page.
Adam Page – Adelaide (Musical Director, Arranger & Saxophone)
Kyrie Anderson – Adelaide (Drummer) Bonnie Aué – Adelaide (Double Bass)
Jonathan Crayford – Auckland, NZ UNESCO Creative Cities of Music guest (Pianist/Composer)
Helena Kay – Glasgow, Scotland UNESCO Creative Cities of Music guest (Saxophone)
Emma Pask – Sydney (Vocals) Thomas Voss – Adelaide (Trombone)
James Morrison & Kurt Elling
Ladies and gentlemen, here’s one you do not want to miss!
For the first time ever in Australia two of the world’s great jazz performers will be joining forces to showcase their exceptional talents, in one very special show. What a scintillating combination, world-renowned trumpet maestro and ARIA Award Winner, James Morrison, and the stand out jazz vocalist of our time, Chicago’s Grammy Award Winner, Kurt Elling, together at last!
Get ready to be mesmerized by renditions of your favourite jazz standards and be entertained by the brilliant showmanship and infectious energy of these gifted performers, with some of the best jazz musicians in the country, including the amazing New York based saxophonist, Troy Roberts.
James Morrison –
“The Genius”… Ray Brown
“Man, James Morrison can play”… Wynton Marsalis
Kurt Elling –
“Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time”… New York Times
“A kind of Sinatra with superpowers”… The Guardian
Don’t miss this rare chance to experience these international jazz greats together for the first time. It promises to be the jazz concert event of the year.
You’ll be swingin’ from the first note!
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents Fond Farewells
- Mark Wigglesworth - Conductor
- Andreas Ottensamer - Clarinet
- Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
- Mahler - Symphony No.9 Autumn.
What is most beautiful cannot be held… In Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, the solo instrument feels nearly weightless, a leaf on the wind. What other instrument can flutter so gently through an Allegro, or sigh so blissfully in an Adagio?
Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic, performs a piece that Mozart did not live to hear. Mahler, likewise, never heard his Ninth Symphony.
This is music that embraces the world in all its richness, with ardour and tenderness, and then – reluctantly – lets it go.
Bernstein called it “Four Ways to Say Farewell.” With the faltering grasp of its heart-rending last movement, the symphony finally surrenders to the sound beyond all music: silence.
History Festival - Council Chamber Ghosts
Join Glen Woodward in the Council Chambers as he guides you through the faces and stories of some of the people who have helped shaped South Australia.
Discover the early Mayors of Adelaide, explorer John McDouall Stuart, economist Robert Torrens and VC recipient Roy Inwood.
Talk duration: 40 minutes. Please book online to guarantee your seat.
Playing one piano with four hands is about the most intimate form of chamber music there is. Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi are ZOFO, a '20-Finger Orchestra' who for a decade now have electrified audiences with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. They commissioned a 'Pictures at an Exhibition', seeking out composers from 15 countries and asking them to choose a piece of visual art from their own culture, and then write a short piece inspired by it.
The result is ZOFOMOMA - an unforgettable multimedia concert experience; a celebration of marvellous pianism set against an enthralling background of international artworks, creating an imaginary tour of a brilliant modern gallery to intrigue and engage the ears and eyes. This concert is 75 minutes with no interval.
COMPOSERS Silvestrini - Vine - Dorman Mykietyn - Ali-Zadeh - Liang Russell - Yudane - Oh - Marti - Aminikia - G Prokofiev - SC Adams - Ortiz - Orozco VISUAL ARTISTS Monet - Gleeson - R Rubin - Fangor - Bahlulzade - B Huang - S Mills - Budhiana - Yokoyama - Marti-Buchanann - Nodjoumi - R Fry - A Martin - Stupia - D Perez Castro
Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind Tour
Fresh off the back of a massive 30-date tour of the US, UK, Ireland and Europe, US comedy legend Demetri Martin returns to Australia and NZ for the first time since 2011 with his world-acclaimed Wandering Mind Tour!
The standup comedian, artist, writer, and director was a writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and a regular on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Demetri has won the Perrier Award for best show at the Edinburgh Fringe and a Barry at the Melbourne International Comedy festival. He’s released three standup comedy albums and four Specials (including his latest for Netflix, The Overthinker), created and starred in his own Comedy Central series, Important Things With Demetri Martin.
His books are New York Times Bestsellers and his fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine.
He recently wrote and directed his first feature film, Dean, which won the Founder’s Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival for best narrative American feature film.
Using deadpan one-liners, inner monologue, drawings, peppering in music on guitar, keyboard, piano and harmonica to glockenspiel, toy bells, ukulele and tambourine – sometimes all at once – Demetri Martin is a truly unique voice. Don’t miss him live on stage this May/June – tickets won’t last long! ‘Deadpan comedy assassin’ – The AV Club (US)
‘A multi-genre, wonderfully imaginative comic. Truly superb’ – TimeOut London (UK)
‘Cerebral and absurdist and surprising’ – New York Times (US)
★★★★ ‘an incredibly entertaining show’ – The Guardian (UK)
ASQ presents MOORE BEETHOVEN BRAHMS
Kate Moore String Quartet no 3* (Premiere Season) Beethoven String Quartet op 18 no 4 Brahms String Quartet op 51 no 1 A young man brimming with confidence and sure of a bright future: this is Beethoven at the time of creating his first string quartets.
His opus 18 no 4 is quicksilver in its variety of moods and characters, thoroughly conveying both technical mastery and compelling artistic personality.
Seventy years later, Brahms displayed a devotion to chamber music that went against the spirit of his times. But like an artist who works in mezzotint rather than forging grand canvases, Brahms some of the most sublime and intimate creations that the world had ever heard.
His first string quartet is the glorious flowering of his cultivated technique and searching artistry. These masterworks are complemented by a new work from young Australian composer Kate Moore, also inspired by a fascination for the natural world.
Doric String Quartet
The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Whether tackling delicate nuances or embracing the dramatic gestures of composers, the Dorics provide a captivating blend of sophistication and passion. HAYDN String Quartet in B-flat major, op 33 no 4 Brett DEAN New Work (World Premiere)* BEETHOVEN String Quartet no 14 in C-sharp minor, op 131 *Commissioned in celebration of Melbourne Recital Centre's 10th anniversary with support from Ulrike Klein AO and others
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents Winter Fire
Pinchas Zukerman - Director/Violin
Amanda Forsyth - Cello
Benjamin Northey - Conductor
Elgar - Chanson de matin
Elgar - Chanson de nuit
Avner Dorman - Double Concerto*
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No.5
They’re back! Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth clearly love Adelaide as much as Adelaide loves them – this time they’re bringing a specially-composed double concerto written to celebrate Zukerman’s 70th Birthday to share with us in a world premiere.
Expect a dynamic piece perfectly suited to the expressive personalities of the duo, because Avner Dorman (originally from Israel, like Zukerman) makes a point of composing music for people, not just instruments!
Two soulful songs-without-words from Elgar open the concert, and to complete the evening, Zukerman conducts Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Fifth Symphony.
Lean in for the hushed tones of the beginning – this is a tale of fate and passion, told with fervour by a master storyteller.
The blazing finale makes it perfect music for a winter’s night.
*World Premiere, co-commissioned by the ASO, Boston Symphony Orchestra and National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents Faith & Beauty
Nicholas Carter - Conductor
Grace Clifford - Violin
Dvořák - Violin Concerto
Bruckner - Symphony No.5
The sweet sound of Grace Clifford’s violin is not to be missed. Antonín Dvořák must have had such a silken tone in mind when he filled his Violin Concerto with long, singable melodies.
After re-writing it again and again, he perfected a concerto that sounds bold and spontaneous, a lyrical rhapsody with a flash of Slavic fire.
Our hearts are lifted, ready for adventure – now follow Bruckner! A steady pizzicato tread takes us on a winding path through the vast, fantastic landscape of his Fifth Symphony.
Recurring echoes of a chorale, a waltz, a song… where are we? Not until the final pages does everything come together in an astonishing climax. A finale to remember!
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Founded in the fifteenth century, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge is arguably the world’s most famous choir and the pre-eminent representative of the British church music tradition. Their distinctively pure tone has been honed over centuries in the vaulted stone arches of the College Chapel. Comprising 16 boys (the youngest aged seven) and 15 male university students, the Choir remains a major force by balancing unmatched history and tradition with continual growth and choral excellence. The repertoire in this program reflects this breadth by showcasing pieces from the Renaissance to the present day. This performance is especially poignant, marking the Choir’s final tour with Stephen Cleobury CBE, after 37 distinguished years as Director. Program: PURCELL I Was Glad Ross EDWARDS New Work (World Premiere)* FINZI Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice WESLEY The Wilderness PARRY I Was Glad *Commissioned for Musica Viva and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, by Jennifer Seabrook, celebrating Ray Turner’s 75th birthday and his lifelong love of music.
Mozart at Elder Two
Thaddeus Huang - Conductor
Mark Gaydon - Bassoon
Graham Abbott - Presenter
Mozart - Lucio Silla: Overture
Jolivet - Bassoon Concerto
Mozart - Symphony No. 36 ‘Linz’
Mozart and miracles go together. He was writing operas in Milan as a teenager – Lucio Silla blew the Italians away. Ten years later: a warm welcome in Linz, a hastily organised concert – but what to play? In four days, Mozart composed a spirited new symphony for the local orchestra. Scarcely believable? So is the virtuosity of Jolivet’s jazzy Bassoon Concerto!
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonic Dances
Dalia Stasevska - Conductor
Louis Lortie - Piano
John Adams - The Chairman Dances from 'Nixon in China'
Ravel - Piano Concerto in G
Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances
It’s all too easy to be swept off your feet. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G might just be the coolest concerto going around: jazzy, suave and neat, a product of the Roaring Twenties. And who better to glide through the dreamy waltz of its Adagio than Louis Lortie?
The dance begins when Finnish-Ukranian conductor Dalia Stasevska gives her downbeat and John Adams’ “foxtrot for orchestra” shuffles in with its mesmerising mix of urbane rhythms and nostalgic Hollywood strings. The evening culminates in the Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninov, with the composer’s trademark melodic gifts enriched by the impulse for physical movement. The vigorous steps of its finale, a dance of life and death, will leave us all breathless.
ASQ presents IVES WESTLAKE DEBUSSY
Ives, String Quartet no 1 From the Salvation Army Nigel Westlake, String Quartet no 3* (World Premiere) Debussy, String Quartet op 10 The music of Charles Ives is made of pictures from a long-lost America, depicted with such vivid immediacy that they seem absolutely alive.
Through the magic lantern of his musical imagery, this New England world appears like a nostalgic dream – white-painted churches in autumn forests filled with congregations joyously chanting hymns and spirituals.
Not dissimilar to the inquisition that Ives undertakes, Claude Debussy’s quest to liberate sensuality led to a revolution in French musical identity.
His string quartet replaces rigid thematic structures with a free flow of colours, motifs and gestures in the search for melodic rapture, realising his decadent dictum, ‘Pleasure is the Law.’
The vibrant colour and energy for which Nigel Westlake is renowned make his eagerly-awaited new work a splendid companion to Debussy and Ives.
Croatian-born pianist Dejan Lazić rejoins Richard Tognetti and the ACO for a celebration of Mozart’s symphonies and concertos, capped by one of Mozart’s formative influences, Joseph Haydn.
Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.3 is one of Richard Tognetti’s calling cards, with his signature energy and crispness adored by audiences both here and overseas. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.14 is full of invention and considered the first of his mature concertos. In this program we hear it alongside Dejan’s original arrangement of the Allegretto grazioso from Mozart’s Piano Sonata K.333.
The program is bookended by two great symphonies: Mozart’s Symphony No.25 and the work that directly influenced it, Haydn’s Symphony No.39 ‘Tempesta di mare’. Mozart is known for his rigorous Classicism, but this symphony, instantly recognisable as the dramatic opening of Miloš Forman’s 1984 film Amadeus, is almost “romantic” in its power.
Like Mozart’s symphony, Haydn’s was written when the “Sturm und Drang” movement was strong, and its passion and drama still captivates audiences today.
Emerson String Quartet
Perhaps the most celebrated string quartet ever to emerge from the USA, the Emerson String Quartet is making its first Australian tour in over 19 years. Founded in 1976 and with only one personnel change in all that time, the ensemble has stacked up more than 30 recordings and countless awards. With such a pedigree, it is no surprise that the Emersons play with masterly warmth and ease: a spontaneous confidence and joy. Naturally enough, a master string quartet has chosen to play two programs of great masterpieces. Mozart wrote with his audience very much in mind, and his quartets are full of attention-grabbing highlights and dreamy slow movements, while the vitality of folk music shapes the quartets of Dvořák. Shostakovich’s Fifth Quartet did not appear until after the death of Stalin, when its icy, wintry darkness could at last be safely brought into the light. Artists: Eugene Drucker- violin Philip Setzer - violin Lawrence Dutton - viola Paul Watkins - cello Program: MOZART String Quartet no 21 in D major, K575 DVOŘÁK String Quartet no 10 in E-flat major, op 51 SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet no 5 in B-flat major, op 92 Presented in association with Brisbane Festival. Tour supported by the Musica Viva Amadeus Society
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents New Worlds
Douglas Boyd - Conductor
Anthony Marwood - Violin
Cathy Milliken - New Work [World Premiere]
Schumann - Violin Concerto
Dvořák - Symphony No.9 'From the New World'
There are many reasons why Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony continues to be a favourite: the melding of Bohemian and American musical influences, the sublime Largo, the dramatic arc linking all four movements. It became an instant hit at its premiere 125 years ago.
Such things can happen at premieres – so don’t miss the new work by our Composer in Association, Cathy Milliken! Anthony Marwood then brings his customary flair and originality to Schumann’s Violin Concerto, a piece that was hidden away for 80 years by those who feared it presaged something of the composer’s subsequent mental collapse. In fact, it’s delightfully tuneful music, especially the violin and cello dialogue of the slow movement, and its final Polonaise has a beguiling simplicity.
Classics Unwrapped 3: A Night at the Opera
Guy Noble - Conductor
Gisele Blanchard - Soprano
Mario Bellanova - Baritone
Verdi - La forza del destino: Overture
Puccini - Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
Wagner - Lohengrin: Bridal March
Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
"This series is all about the music we know and love, in an informal setting that leaves everyone with a spring in their step: audiences and musicians alike" Emma Gregan, French Horn
“Put on the costume, and the face in white powder. The people pay, and laugh when they please.” Leoncavallo, Pagliacci
Opera is iconic, emblematic and not for the faint-hearted. Tonight’s program reminds us why great arias continue to touch us, even so many years after they were composed. And how, a night at the Opera, can stir a myriad of emotions to sustain and enliven us.
Early music has rarely sounded as chic or brilliant! The four musicians of French ensemble Nevermind – combining flute, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord – met and founded their group while they were students in Paris, with each of them sharing a love of the Baroque and traditional chamber music. A breath of fresh air in today’s classical music scene, they are rewriting the rule-book on period-instrument concerts with a thoroughly engaging mix of virtuoso expertise and unpretentious charm. Delighting audiences across Europe in prestigious festivals and concert series and making their Australian debut with Musica Viva, Nevermind is disarmingly relaxed and unpretentious and thoroughly dedicated to the universal appeal of good music. Artists: Anna Besson - flute Louis Creac’h - violin Robin Pharo - viola da gamba Jean Rondeau - harpsichord Program: MARAIS Trios for the King’s Bedtime: Suite IV F COUPERIN Les Nations: L’Espagnole TELEMANN Paris Quartet no 4 in G minor, TWV43:g1 QUENTIN Quartet Sonata op 15 no 3 GUILLEMAIN Quartet Sonata op 12 no 3 Presented in association with Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Bach holds a special place in the heart of every ACO musician. In this program, the ACO explore his genius with an impressive line-up featuring Richard Tognetti, Erin Helyard, Brett Dean and ACO Principal Cello, Timo-Veikko Valve.
Richard Tognetti’s solo violin opens the program. Its pure, captivating tone sets the scene before giving way to the vibrant lyricism of the Sonata in A major for violin and harpsichord. A favourite of Richard’s and audiences alike, his recording of the complete Bach Sonatas for violin and harpsichord won an ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.
Brett Dean features as both composer and performer in this program. Commissioned by the ACO and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, his Approach (Prelude to a Canon), was written as a prologue to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.6, leading directly into what he calls the “close, contrapuntal companionship” of the voices in Bach.
Bach’s inventive Brandenburg Concertos are one of his many crowning achievements. The Sixth Concerto is the most intimate of all and a striking and elegant finale to the famous suite.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents Zukerman’s Elgar
Pinchas Zukerman - Director/Violin
Beethoven - Egmont: Overture
Mozart - Violin Concerto No.5 'Turkish'
Elgar - Enigma Variations
Now, this is music with personality! But whose is it? Elgar’s Enigma Variations are inspired by real people, friends of the composer – a diverse company whose portraits come alive each time they are performed. Pinchas Zukerman is an ideal host, generous and gregarious, bringing them all together for a convivial evening with us.
Zukerman’s own chance to shine comes in the assured elegance and seemingly endless melody of Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto. But Mozart’s mercurial temperament also shows through – look out for playful digressions in the rondo!
Enjoy Beethoven’s ‘Egmont’ Overture as a sort of aperitif or antipasto before all these guests arrive!
Skride Piano Quartet
A new classical supergroup of four leading European soloists, the Skride Piano Quartet is sweeping through the northern hemisphere like a breath of fresh air – and is now bringing its dazzling energy to Australia. Sisters, soloists and regular duo partners, Baiba and Lauma Skride sought out two of their favourite chamber music colleagues in Lise Berthaud and Harriet Krijgh. Piano quartets are less often heard than piano trios, but the simple addition of a rich-toned viola seems to inspire composers to create music of outstanding lyricism. Together these stunning virtuosi play with a palpable sense of joy, mutual respect and endless invention. Artists: Baiba Skride - violin Lise Berthaud - viola Harriet Krijgh - cello Lauma Skride - piano Program: BEETHOVEN Piano Quartet no 1 in E-flat major, WoO 36 Graeme KOEHNE New Work* (World Premiere) BRAHMS Piano Quartet no 1 in G minor, op 25 *Commissioned for Musica Viva
Brahms & Dvořák
The final concert in the ACO's National Tour Season is a big, exuberant celebration. They open with the Australian Premiere of American composer Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo, revving up for a showdown by two of the most important names in the romantic era.
Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák were close friends, spiritually as well as professionally. Brahms embraced his rich Germanic music tradition, while Dvořák was carving out a new sound, rooted in the music of his own homeland. Brahms admired the young composer’s dazzling melodic and rhythmic skills and championed his work on an international scale.
Richard Tognetti and Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve perform Brahms’s Double Concerto, the composer’s last orchestral work. Brahms’s aim in combining the two solo instruments was to create a deeply sonorous and wide-ranging string sound. Dvořák’s Symphony No.8 expresses a kaleidoscope of emotions and manifests the composer’s love of nature and Czech folk music. Pushing the very concept of a “chamber orchestra” to even greater heights, it’s an explosive finale to our 2019 Season.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra presents Magical Tchaikovsky
Mark Wigglesworth - Conductor
Mark Gaydon - Bassoon
Dean Newcomb - Clarinet
Adrian Uren - Horn
Wagner - Die Feen: Overture
Mozart - Sinfonia Concertante
Tchaikovsky - 'The Nutcracker' Act II
A fairy-tale feast… with plenty of dessert!
For starters, a charming ‘Fairy Overture’ dished up by the 20-year-old Wagner. Then four friends, principal wind players of the ASO, share the delights of a Sinfonia Concertante attributed (partly because it’s so good) to Mozart. A lively dinner conversation in cheerful company…
Act Two of The Nutcracker takes place in the Kingdom of Sweets, where there are dances in celebration of chocolate, tea and coffee. With favourites such as ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ and ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’, Tchaikovsky’s memorable score is magic for the ears. If there’s an aural equivalent of a sweet tooth, this is the fix, and it’s the perfect way to leap into December!