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Published August 22nd 2016
Enjoy FREE live music at the Art Gallery of NSW

art gallery of NSW
Photo courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW


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.

24 & 31 August - Victor Valdes

victor valdes
Photo courtesy of Victor Valdes


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

Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Entrance court

18 September - September Recital

trois trio
Photo courtesy of Glebe Music Festival


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

The 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
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.

Time: 2pm 3pm
Venue: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

2 November - Sydney Sufi Ensemble

Sydney Sufi Ensemble
Photo courtesy of Sydney Sufi Ensemble


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.

Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Entrance court
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Phone: 1800 679 278
Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Cost: Free
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