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Concerts We Recommend

Which type of concert setting are you looking for?

Concerts for All is not affiliated with any of the listed productions. We select our recommendations independently and offer them as a guide to your concert experiences.

Informal Concerts

  • Relaxed concerts with a playful, cosy, atmosphere. Often with  audience interaction.

  • For age 0-6, especially children new to concerts and those who enjoy a fun, engaging experience.

  • May allow or encourage movement, especially for young children.

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Formal Concerts

  • Traditional concerts focused on attentive listening and musical appreciation.

  • For ages 4+ with some music experience, and those who enjoy a focused musical experience.

  • Feature a seated setting where stillness and attentiveness are expected during the performance.

Young Maestros Gateway Classical Concert for Family

Venue

Darlinghurst Theatre Company, 39 Burton St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Dates and Times

Friday 12 July, 10am
Monday 22 July, 5pm

Event Duration

45mins

Affordability

$15

Age Level

Understanding Level 

Instrumentation

Piece Duration

Style/Energy

4+

low

Piano, Violin, Cello and other solo instruments

2-8mins

Energetic, Inspiring, Engaging, Educational, Diverse Classical music

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Music Trivia (winner gets a soft toy)

Extraordinary solo performance by children age 6-15

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Young Maestros Gala Concert

Venue

Playhouse, Sydney Opera House

Dates and Times

3 August 2024, 4 PM

Event Duration

90 minutes

Affordability

$49-$79

Age Level

Understanding Level 

Instrumentation

Piece Duration

Style/Energy

5+

Low

Piano, violin, and others

2-8 minutes

Engaging, inspiring, exciting, contrasting, lyrical

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  • 10 solo pieces by young maestros who are aged 6-18, program TBA. 

  • Solo performances and improvisations based on audience-given material by guest artists Elen Rapoport and Daniel Rojas.

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THE SYMPHONIC WORLD OF DANCE - A SYDNEY SYMPHONY FAMILY EVENT

Venue

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Dates and Times

Sat 20 July, 2024, 10:00am/12:15pm

Event Duration

45 minute

Affordability

$35

Age Level

Understanding Level 

Instrumentation

Piece Duration

Style/Energy

3+

low

Orchestra

2-8mins

classics, energetic, dances, rhythmic, contrasting

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OFFENBACH Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld Watch 


DVOŘÁK Slavonic Dances Op.46, No.8 Watch 


BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No.1 Watch 


Elena KATS-CHERNIN Dance of the Paper Umbrellas Watch 


J STRAUSS II Voices of Spring Waltz, Op.410 Watch 


Matthew HINDSON Dance with Dinosaurs 50 Fanfares Commission 


ABREU Tico-Tico no Fubá Watch


BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture Watch








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Silence & Rapture with Sydney Dance Company

Venue

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Dates and Times

Sunday 18 August 2024 2pm

Event Duration

2 hours

Affordability

$25-166 + 8.95 booking fee

Age Level

Understanding Level 

Instrumentation

Piece Duration

Style/Energy

6+

High

Orchedstra + Singer + Dancers

2-16mins

Elegant, Serene, Mournful, Transcendent

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Prelude
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Kanon zu acht Stimmen, BWV1072
ARVO PÄRT Collage über B-A-C-H: I. Toccata


Garden of Eden
BACH Cantata “Wiederstehe doch des Sunde”, BWV54: Aria “Wer Sünde tut, der ist vom Teufel”
BACH Sonata for Violin and Keyboard in A major: I. Dolce
BACH Cantata “Ich bin ein guter Hirt”, BWV85: Aria “Jesus ist ein guter Hirt”
PÄRT Fratres


Garden of Gethsemane
BACH Sonata for Solo Violin No.2 in A minor: III. Andante
BACH St Matthew Passion: “Erbarme Dich”
PÄRT Für Lennart in memoriam
PÄRT My Heart’s in the Highlands

Garden of Heaven
BACH Cantata “Der Herr denket an uns”, BWV196: Sinfonia
PÄRT Vater unser
BACH Cello Suite No.3 in C major: I. Prelude
BACH Magnificat: “Et exultavit”


Into Silence
PÄRT Pari intervallo
BACH The Art of Fugue: Fuga a 3 Soggetti (unfinished)
PAUL HINDEMITH Trauermusik: IV. Sehr langsam

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Maxim Vengerov in Recital

Venue

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Dates and Times

Saturday 10 August 2024

Event Duration

120 mins

Affordability

$98-218+$8.95 booking fee

Age Level

Understanding Level 

Instrumentation

Piece Duration

Style/Energy

6+

Medium - High

Violin & Piano

8-20mins

Exciting, Contrasting, Dramatic, Classical Masterpieces

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Joined by the brilliant pianist Polina Osetinskaya, the two will delight the audience with a demanding programme including works by Ravel, Franck and Prokofiev.

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Alexander Melnikov performs Shostakovich

Venue

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

Dates and Times

Saturday 22 June 2024, 2pm & Sunday 23 June 2024 2 pm

Event Duration

1 hour and 30 minutes, incl. interval

Affordability

$28-$142 & $8.95 booking fee

Age Level

Understanding Level 

Instrumentation

Piece Duration

Style/Energy

6+

High

Piano and orchestra

6-20 minutes

Contemporary classical; contrasting, dramatic, exciting, programmatic

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Shostakovich

Festive Overture Watch

Piano Concerto No.1 Watch


R Strauss

Don Juan Watch

Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Watch

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The Story of Till Eulenspiegel Watch

Lunchbreak Concert

Venue

Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium or Music

Dates and Times

Wednesday & Thursday WEEKLY 12:30pm

Event Duration

Approx. 60 minutes

Affordability

Free entry, gold coin donation

Age Level

Understanding Level 

Instrumentation

Piece Duration

Style/Energy

4+

Medium - High

Big Band / Solo / Ensemble

5-15mins

Jazz / Classical

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Performed by Sydney Conservatorium's tertiary level students, the program is quite academical.

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Understaning Level

What is Understanding Level?

Low: Music that is universally pleasant and straightforward, typically from the Classical or Romantic periods, or akin to popular movie scores. Pieces are short, usually under 8 minutes, making them approachable and easy for general audiences.

 

Medium: Includes a broader range of styles such as Baroque, Impressionist, and some Contemporary pieces. While still pleasant, the repertoire may contain less commonly performed works with academic value. The pieces may be longer, up to 15 minutes, offering a more varied listening experience.

 

High: Designed for the seasoned or professional listener, this level spans all genres and includes pieces of any duration. It may feature complex structures, dissonance, or avant-garde elements that require more focused listening and a deep appreciation of musical theory and history.

Explore More Concerts & Hear It Before You Go

There are more beautiful concerts out there! We recommend visiting websites like Classikon, or checking directly with venue websites such as the Opera House, City Recital Hall, Sydney Conservatorium, Riverside Theatre, and Capitol Theatre. These venues are the original sources for the concert information we share, and you can use them too. If you're unsure whether a concert is right for you, check their program and copy and paste the pieces' title and composer's name into YouTube to listen to a preview. This can help you decide if it's a concert you'd like to attend.

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