Sydney Symphony Orchestra's special event for the year is a highlight this month with “queen of the violin”, Anne-Sophie Mutter returning to Sydney to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in a concert conducted by David Robertson. Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Mid-Season Gala also features this superstar violinist. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the gifted violinist Grace Clifford will enrapture audiences with Mendelssohn’sViolin Concerto. If that’s not enough, the MSO will move you to tears with the luminousL’enfance du Christ.
Stand by for fireworks when Steven Isserlis and Richard Tognetti get together in a very special concert with the ACO that features Shostakovich’s monumental first cello concerto, Haydn’s ‘London’ symphony and two world premieres.
Music and theatre meet in Black Swan State Theatre’s production of the theatrical tour-de-force,Assassins.Tom Wright's adaptation for the stage of Peter Carey’s classic novelBliss opens at Belvoir mid-month, a co-production with Malthouse Theatre, performed by a terrific ensemble cast and a new production of the moving workBrothers Wreck, presented by State Theatre Company SA and Malthouse Theatre opens in Melbourne. In a nod to the future, First Stage sees four new works by four new writers in an exciting collaboration between Melbourne Theatre Company and the Emerging Writers’ Festival.
The capacity of dance to illuminate the human and natural world is on the show in Sydney Dance Company’sAb [intra], which just opened in Melbourne. It examines the extremes of human nature, while Bangarra’s major new dance work,Dark Emu, explores the vital life of flora and fauna in a series of Australian stories.Verveshowcases works by three of The Australian Ballet’s resident choreographers, ranging from edgy contemporary dance to the neo classical in one explosive performance; andGenesis, a mini-series of short works, embraces the audience in the intimate setting of the West Australian Ballet Centre. Regional centres are not missing out, as Queensland Ballet takes Ben Stevenson’s sell-outSwan Lake on a tour of the state.
Circus Oz examines the fragile connection between humanity and nature inPrecarious, an effervescent creation of acrobatic mayhem.Meanwhile, Opera Queensland fans can enjoy the sparkling spectacle ofThe Merry Widow in Brisbane.
What a month!