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Adelaide Town Hall Tours

Jan 1, 2019 - Jan 1, 2029 10am

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.

VIVIR Flamenco Guitar & Dance

Feb 19, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019 19-20 February 7pm, 21-23 February 8 pm, 26 - 28 February & 1 - 2 March 7:30 pm

An evening of passion & rhythm by flamenco guitarist Raul Mannola and dancer Aylin Eleonora. Each artist brings their vision, tradition, experimentation, freedom and improvisation into VIVIR, a fresh new interpretation of the ancient art of flamenco. Sell out Avignon Festival 2018. Direct from Madrid.

The Quizzical Mr Jeff

Feb 19, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019 19 - 20 February 8:30 pm, 21 - 23 February 9:30 pm

Floating crystal balls, optical illusions, a six-foot balloon, and a whole lot of hats. Unleash your imagination this festival with The Quizzical Mr Jeff. Using his playfully perplexing fusion of circus and magic, Mr Jeff will take you on a mischievous and memorable journey of the mind.

Our debonair object-manipulator explores endearing new forms of circus while pushing at the boundaries of the imagination, watch as his highly visual brand of storytelling and play unfolds before your eyes, drawing you into a world of wonder for all ages and all states of mind.

Dazzling skills, showmanship and charm will leave you delighted, amused and utterly bamboozled!! The enchanting world of The Quizzical Mr Jeff awaits!!

Koto Music Concert

Feb 21, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019 6 pm - 6:40 pm

Shiki is the 4 Seasons. The concert will take you through the beauty and serenity of the 4 seasons in Japan. "Blissfully hypnotic climaxing with dissonance and musical momentum.

Simply close your eyes and journey to the land and people of Japan." Adelaide Review. 

A rare moment of peace and tranquility in the midst of the festival. Etsuko Kawaguchi has been coming to Adelaide Fringe for 11 years now, slowly bringing awareness of this string yet percussion instrument of Japan. She has now a loyal following.

As The Advertiser said "This performance will feel at home on any WOMAD stage."

Swan Lake

Feb 21, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019

Revival of Edinburgh Fringe sensation. A completely new take on the classical ballet.

“The dance shows off Shakti’s simultaneously primitive and sophisticated theatrical sensibility while unleashing the hidden erotic meaning from the fairy tale” –The Herald.

View Borat’s interview on youtube where the artist, Shakti, actually got the last word.

"Shakti unleashes the hidden erotic meaning from the fairy tale." – The Herald

"The dance shows off Shakti’s simultaneously primitive and sophisticated theatrical sensibility. The piece itself won’t be for all tastes, but some of the images – including the climactic sight of this gorgeous woman standing shamelessly defiantly certainly sticks in the mind." – London Time Out

Risky Business - Managing The Unexpected

Feb 27, 2019 5:15 pm - 7 pm

Running a business can be stressful and many pressures can threaten the future of your business, but have you ever considered what would happen if an incident or emergency occurred and how you would handle the crisis?

Risky Business - Managing The Unexpected will help you to identify and minimise risks where possible, prepare for risks that you can't control and respond and recover if an incident or crisis occurs.

Matthew Wright-Simon will guide a panel of experts through some considerations for continuity planning.

Discussions will include the following topics: Insurance Emergency services Digital security Wellbeing and resilience to business impacts Climate impacts

Panel members:

  • Maria Zotti - Manager, Sustainability and Sustainability Policy, City of Adelaide
  • Jai O’Toole – State Manager - Migration, Emergencies and Service Development, Red Cross
  • Dean Calvert – Managing Director, Calvert Technologies
  • Oshanna Alexander - Community Engagement Coordinator, State Emergency Service
  • Mark Grandison – Insurance Broker, MGA Insurance Brokers

This workshop will provide practical knowledge to enable you to prepare your business and manage the impacts posed during an incident or crisis.

Registrations will open at 5:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Janis - The Life and Soul of a Rock Legend

Feb 27, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019 27 February 6 pm, 1 March 9 pm, 2 March 4:30 pm

A vibrant and emotionally charged musical tribute to the woman who always wanted to 'feel' as much as she possibly could. 'Janis' pays homage not only to one of the greatest female icons of 60s 'rock n roll' and the 'Summer of Love', but also to some of her greatest musical inspirations.

Come on a musical journey through the turbulent, tortured and yet inspired soul of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin. While her tragically short yet brilliant career was one marked by loneliness, heartache and blues, this inspiring performance by Samantha Hafey is guaranteed to rouse the universal spirit of Janis in us all.

"Hafey has it all. She does it all ... bearing [her] soul through the reflection of Janis Joplin ... absolutely and brilliantly" -

The Silent House

Feb 28, 2019 - Mar 2, 2019 6 pm - 7 pm

A man and a woman are living in a refugee camp. Everything seems OK but something changes their relationship and atmosphere...A gripping tension with a surrealistic vision starts to form. A gripping take on the refugee problem through the perspective of a couple. Following last year's success, Mashhour brings you another thought-provoking theatre.

The Disney Diaries - A Comic Princess Tribute

Mar 5, 2019 6 pm - 7 pm

A newly established friendship between Disney characters is the story behind Princess Jyoti Singh and Princess Sanja Jovanovic. With their individual passions for all things musical, fantastical and magical, they bring a dazzling musical theatre show to the Fringe Festival for all kids and adults who still believe in the magical world of Disney.

The James Taylor Story

Mar 5, 2019 - Mar 16, 2019 6 - 9 March 7:10 pm, 12 - 16 March 8 pm

Following rave reviews and sell out shows at Edinburgh Fringe, The James Taylor Story premiers at Adelaide Fringe to take you through the career of the five-time Grammy winner and US folk legend. This groundbreaking 'show-umentary' format offers a fascinating insight into the man and the music.

Presented by acclaimed artist Dan Clews who delivers hauntingly accurate performances of Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, You've Got A Friend and many more.

★★★★★ "Masterly" BroadwayBaby

"Beautiful player" Tim Minchin

"Sounds like an early James Taylor" Uncut

"Too great a talent to ignore" Sir George Martin ★★★★★

"Immaculate" Three Weeks

The Carole King Story

Mar 6, 2019 - Mar 16, 2019 6 - 9 March 6 pm, 12 - 16 March 7 pm

Following two consecutive sell out runs at Edinburgh Fringe, The Carole King Story premiers at The Adelaide Fringe 2019 to take you on a journey through the life, career and incredible music of the twenty-time platinum hit maker.

This new 'show-umentary' format gives a fascinating insight into the woman behind the music. Featuring passionate renditions of 'I Feel the Earth Move', 'Natural Woman', 'You've Got a Friend' and many more.

This astonishing back catalogue is realised with authenticity by Phoebe Katis an established singer-songwriter whose music features in the multi BAFTA award winning film Kajaki.

"Wow, what an experience" BBC Kent

"Belted out numbers with real understanding" Irish News

"Just beautiful" BBC Radio Scotland 

"Sang and played with flair" Three Weeks

Natalie Clein & Katya Apekisheva

Mar 7, 2019 7:30pm–9:30pm

Renowned British cellist Natalie Clein plays with a unique combination of passion and delicacy. It’s as though the cello becomes her voice, and she is simply telling us a story through music and emotion. Boasting the well-travelled resume of a world-class musician, she has forged a distinguished career, regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide. Known for her dynamic and impassioned performances, she is one of the most original artists of her generation. For her first full Australian tour she has chosen to work with pianist Katya Apekisheva, a talented chamber musician of great sensitivity.

Presented in association with Adelaide Festival.

Gamelan Orchestra with Traditional Indonesian Dances from Mataram

Mar 7, 2019 - Mar 8, 2019 8:30 pm

Myths, traditions & Gamelon are presented in this dance performance complete with a gamelon orchestra.

Folk dances, tales of a princess, warriors and a sacred dance of the Rinjani Volcano are presented by this vibrant group from Mataram, Lombok. First time in Australia. Experience something old yet new performed by the young artists.of Mataram.

Hamilton: Danced Translations

Mar 12, 2019 - Mar 16, 2019 6 pm - 6:40 pm

For 6 months, the artist interviewed residents from Hamilton, a small village of 4000 inhabitants in Central New York State, translating these audio recordings into a multimedia danced presentation.

Reflecting many of the larger social and economic divisions in the USA, Hamilton includes vast wealth and extreme poverty, those that cheerfully till the land, and those whose farms and livelihoods are rapidly disappearing, those that suffer from addiction and lack of adequate health care, and elite university students who will go on to live at the axis of power in the American economy.

Residents of Hamilton cherish their community, though they feel suffocated by its gender roles, racial divides and physical isolation. Many of the community concerns are universal. It pertains to us all.

Beethoven & Prokofiev

Mar 19, 2019

Fiery and charismatic Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani, who delighted audiences on her last tour here in 2016, returns to lead  a program of emotion-charged music.

Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No.1 is a dark and brooding masterpiece written during World War II. Prokofiev said to the pianist he was coaching for its premiere: “It should sound in such a way that people should jump in their seat, and people will say ‘Is he out of his mind?’” Written for violin and piano, it has been arranged for violin and strings by Borrani herself.

Alongside Prokofiev’s sonata is an arrangement of Beethoven’s last String Quartet, Op.135, written only a few months before his death. Its transitions from joy to vulnerability to melancholy – sometimes within a single movement – are immensely moving and thought-provoking.

In between these powerful works, Bulgarian-British composer Dobrinka Tabakova’s Such Different Paths offers a radiant interlude evoking life’s journey.

International Jazz Day

Apr 30, 2019

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

May 8, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm

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!


May 23, 2019 7:30 pm

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

Doric String Quartet

Jun 13, 2019 7:30 pm

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

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019 7:30 pm

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.

Celebrating Mozart

Sep 10, 2019

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

Sep 19, 2019 7:30 pm

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


Oct 22, 2019 7:30 pm

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.

Intimate Bach

Oct 29, 2019

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.

Skride Piano Quartet

Nov 7, 2019 7:30 pm

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

Nov 12, 2019

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. Dvořáks 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.