SSO and ACO free performances for worldwide Make Music Day

Australian Chamber Orchestra Quartet will perform a free concert at the Art Gallery of NSW and Sydney Symphony Orchestra will broadcast their performance to the world on 21 June - Make Music Day. A free celebration of music making now held in more in 120 countries worldwide.

SSO and ACO free performances for worldwide Make Music Day


Live from the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will celebrate international Make Music Day with a global broadcast of the Music of the Oud concert.

The live stream will be available online and free of charge via on Friday, 21 June – 7pm AEST. The broadcast will be accessible for replay following the conclusion of the concert.

The broadcast of this performance forms part of the Make Music Day Global Streaming Video Project. This year, the Make Music Alliance is organising a day-long video stream on June 21 showing the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world. Dozens of cultural institutions are setting up public projections, showing musical events live from Argentina, Australia, India, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States, beginning with our very own Sydney Symphony Orchestra live from the Sydney Opera House.

The concert will also be broadcast at The SSO’s official broadcast locations. Check the Sydney Symphony Orchestra event page for more updates on locations, or register your own location if you wish to host a viewing party!

(Tickets are also available to attend the concert in person)

A string quartet of musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra will perform a special free lunch time pop-up concert at the Entrance Court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales to celebrate Make Music Day 2019.Beginning at 1pm, audiences are invited to see the quartet perform a preview of the ACO's upcoming‘Indies & Idols’ tour, which features mesmerising, cinematic music composed by some of today’s greatest indie-rock icons: Radiohead’sJonny Greenwood, The National’sBryce Dessner and singer-songwriterSufjan Stevens.

Launched in France in 1982, Make Music Day is a global festival of creating, sharing and enjoying music around the world and is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities across the globe, including Sydney.


Last year, over 1,000 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21.It all started 36 years ago in France.

In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be calledFête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries.


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