February Sneak Peeks 2017

There’s a huge range of performances opening across Australia throughout February - Renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov begins his Artist-in Residence role with Queensland Symphony Orchestra with a recital before heading south to open the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2017 season with two violin concertos. Malthouse presents two world premieres by Australian writers: The Homosexuals, or Faggots in the Merlyn Theatre, a blistering satire dealing vicious blows to left and right wing hypocrisy and Little Emperors in the Beckett Theatre, exploring the impact of China’s one child policy.

February Sneak Peeks 2017


A young man holding shopping bags to block the tanks in Tiananmen Square is one of the iconic images of the 20th century. Sydney Theatre Company’sChimerica asks what happened to him, is he still alive?

Kate Mulvany plays one of the most amoral villains ever written in Bell Shakespeare’s new production ofRichard 3 at Sydney Opera House. Belvoir’s premiere of the intriguingly titledMark Colvin’s Kidney is based on actual press phone tapping events, showing just how startling real-life can be.

Handel’s oratorioMessiah is performed for the first time by Australian Brandenburg Orchestra with choir and soloists. Australian Chamber Orchestra’sMurder & Redemption looks at the universal dramatic themes of sex, adultery, betrayal and murder, featuring American singer and banjo player Sam Amidon.

West Australian Ballet presentsTakuto: Ballet at the Quarry – a series of four short works including one world and three Australian premieres. West Australian Opera celebrates the company’s 50th anniversary in a free gala concert and Queensland Ballet presentsBespoke, a new performance concept merging high-tech lighting design, cutting edge fashion, intense sound and dynamic new choreography in a multi-sensory experience.

Jazz violinist Julian Ferraretto returns to Adelaide Symphony Orchestra following the sell-out success of his last year’s concert and, in Hobart, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra presentsLive Sessions in Red Square with songs from the golden age of jazz with a touch of tango.

To mark Chinese New Year, Sydney Symphony Orchestra presentsMusic under the Moon: Lantern Festival Celebration including Tan Dun's Passacaglia in which East meets West and natural meets man-made with mobile phones playing Chinese bird calls. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra also celebrate the Chinese New Year with special concerts. Full details of these concerts and all other opening performances can be explored in the Performance link above.

Jínián jíxiáng!

Bethwyn Serow
Executive Director

Australian Major Performing Arts Group



Sneak Peeks