The Art Gallery of New South Wales is commonly known as the most important public gallery in Sydney and also one of the largest in Australia. In addition to major exhibitions, the Gallery also hosts many other activities that benefit the public including tours, workshops, movies and live music. If you're a music fan, here's a list of recitals from August to November. Best of all, they are FREE. No bookings are required and simply turn up to enjoy.
Victora Valdes will bring you on a journey through Mexico and Latin America with his Mexican Mariachi Band and harp. He is an accomplished solo harpist who has performed in 25 countries and gone on tours with Los Lobos, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Maya Jupiter and Tlen Huicani, the best known and multi-award-winning Mexican folk group. He has also performed at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Womadelaide, Bluesfest and Bellingen Global Carnival. Enjoy an evening of Mexican fiesta delivered by Victor's compelling voice and drawn from his deep knowledge of Latin music past and present. No bookings required
Enjoy a Sunday with classical music that will delight and inspire in September. This recital focuses on contemporary Australian compositions, with all works arranged specifically for this performance by Sydney-based composers, including Heather Shannon, Adrian Whitehall, Wesley Stormer, Justin Skinner, Kezia Yapp and Alex Chilvers. The compositions will be delivered by Trois trio, comprising of Emma Hunt (clarinettist), Heather Shannon (violin) and Emma Lefroy (flautist).
Time: 2pm – 3pm Venue: Brett Whiteley Studio
12 & 19 October - Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble
Photo courtesy of The Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble
Traditional meets contemporary in this ensemble led by koto master Satsuki Odamura, director of the Koto Music Institute of Australia. The koto is a traditional Japanese stringed instrument and the standard 13-string koto and the 17-string bass koto are used in this performance. You will discover the breath and depth of the koto's sound through the Satsuki Odamura Koto Ensemble's contemporary compositions inspired by the works in Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon.
Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm Venue: Entrance court
16 October - October Recital
Dmitri Shostakovich / Photo courtesy of Friends of Chamber Music Canada
Established in the early 1800s, the wind quintet remains an important chamber music ensemble. Emma Lefroy (flute), Zara Smith (bassoon), Stephanie Cooper (oboe), Emma Hunt (clarinet) and Natasha Roumanoff (horn) will come together and present a variety of 20th century works by well-known composers including Shostakovich, Debussy and Malcolm Arnold in the intimate atmosphere of the Brett Whiteley Studio.
Sufi ritual sessions often take place in private but you can experience the contemporary Sufi house atmosphere and enjoy the rare performance thanks to the Sydney Sufi Ensemble. The music ranges from meditative to ecstatic, drawing influences from the music heritage of Iran, India, Turkey, and Persian and Kurdish music. The Ensemble will take you on an emotional journey.