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	Image: Acacia Quartet. Photo: Jamie Gray

Resonate 2013

Concert series

In 2013 the Art Gallery Society of NSW celebrates its 60th anniversary, a landmark in Sydney’s cultural history. And Resonate, the Society’s unique blend of art and music, celebrates thirteen years of bringing fine music into the Gallery.

Before each concert, immerse yourself in the diverse worlds the Gallery’s major exhibitions bring to light, then lose yourself listening to music by the world’s greatest composers.

In 2013 Resonate features another anniversary: ten years since pianists Simon Tedeschi and Kevin Hunt first played together at the Gallery.

This anniversary concert will start the year with a dazzling bravura display!

In the ‘Gallery Cabaret’ format, cabaret diva Christa Hughes will entrance and delight, former Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium, Kim Walker, teams up with the Acacia Quartet, internationally acclaimed pianist Daniel de Borah will give a solo recital of piano greats, and the Sydney Omega Ensemble returns with one of Australia’s greatest operatic voices in Emma Matthews, performing Schubert’s transporting work Shepherd on the Rock, plus much much more.

To take full advantage of Resonate’s special ambience and be guaranteed the best seats in the house, you can obtain reserved seating by subscribing to the entire series.

We hope you enjoy the special blend of visual and musical experiences Resonate has on offer.

Image: Acacia Quartet. Photo: Jamie Gray

Various dates in 2013, 7pm

Single concerts:
Non-members $80
Members $70

Full subscription:
Non-members $600 (save $40)
Members $510 (save $50)

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


Become a member

Please purchase subscription bookings over the phone, by posting back the booking form, or in person at the Art Gallery Society members lounge (subscription tickets are not available online).

The right is reserved to add, withdraw, reschedule or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programs, prices, venues, seating arrangements and audience capacity. Ticket holders must comply with the security arrangements for the event and venue. Exhibitions subject to change.

Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 3 hours
Location: Entrance court

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Kevin Hunt & Simon Tedeschi – Dueling Pianos ll BOOKED OUT

Ten years after their first-ever concert together for Resonate, Kevin Hunt and Simon Tedeschi return for a 10th anniversary recital.

That first concert was musical magic, and Kevin and Simon will once again present a program of dazzling pianistic fireworks of the jazz classics, with the music of Oscar Petersen, Dave Brubeck, Thelonius Monk and much more. A virtuosic start to the Resonate year!


Friday 1 March 2013 7pm – 10pm

Christa Hughes – Seven Lively Sins BOOKED OUT

Today as we vainly scrabble for eternal youth, worship the obscenely rich, hail the mediocre and stuff our faces, while being entertained by celebrity chefs, we find that those madcap medieval vices, the Seven Deadly Sins, are not only livelier but even more popular today than when they were first introduced to a hungry audience several centuries ago. Join Blues Belter, Vaudeville Vamp, Cabaret Tear Away, Opera Larrikin, Burlesque Bamboozler and Absurdist Apostle Christa Hughes in the Gallery Cabaret as she revels in the Seven Lively Sins.


Sunday 28 April 2013 7pm – 10pm

Daniel de Borah – Piano Plus

Australian pianist Daniel de Borah was a major prizewinner at the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition and has since gone on to perform as a soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Dividing his time between Australia and the UK, Resonate is delighted to have Daniel perform at the Gallery, showcasing works by three great composers for the piano, Prokofiev, Brahms and Schumann. A concert for all lovers of the piano.



Sunday 26 May 2013 7pm – 10pm

Acacia Quartet & Kim Walker – A Sigh for Liberty

Internationally renowned bassoon player and former Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Kim Walker, is joined by the fabulous Acacia Quartet in a beautiful program of works by Bach, Handel, Elena Kats-Chernin and Vivaldi. The Acacia Quartet features Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy on violin, Stefan Duwe on viola and Anna Martin-Scrase on cello. The quartet was invited by the illustrious Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin to record her complete works for string quartet in 2012, and their musical virtuosity will dazzle you at their Resonate debut.



Sunday 21 July 2013 7pm – 10pm

Tim Draxl – Eclectic

Back by popular demand following his brilliant 2011 Autumn Leaves program for the Gallery Cabaret, Tim Draxl will once again entertain and enthrall you with his flair and smooth vocal style. An award winning actor, dancer and singer, Tim will present an eclectic mix of songs from different eras and genres, film, theatre and the age of vinyl, all with a smooth jazz feel. With bass player Dave Ellis and Michael Tyack on piano, songs include Norwegian Wood, How High the Moon, Day and Night and How deep is the Ocean, and many more favourites in a night of musical panache.

This performance will be preceded by a viewing of ARTEXPRESS 2015



Friday 23 August 2013 7pm – 10pm

Songmakers Australia – A Rhine Journey

The river Rhine has ignited the imagination of German poets and composers, with traditions deeply rooted in legend and fantasy, and became the ultimate landscape for Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner, mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell and pianist Andrea Katz present a concert celebrating the great River Rhine, with songs by Mahler, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms and culminating in Wagner’s great song cycle Wesendonck Lieder, of which Wagner said, ‘I have done nothing better than these songs.’



Friday 27 September 2013 7pm – 10pm

Emma Matthews & Sydney Omega Ensemble – The Shepherd on the Rock

Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded coloratura soprano equally at home with opera, recital and concert repertoire, and performs regularly with Australia’s leading opera companies, orchestras and festivals. This performance sees the Sydney Omega Ensemble return for their eighth appearance on the Resonate stage. The concert will be a rare opportunity to hear Emma Matthews in a chamber music recital, performing Schubert’s beautiful Shepherd on the Rock.



Sunday 13 October 2013 7pm – 10pm

Pinchgut Opera – Baroque Extravaganza

A special concert to celebrate the music of the Italian baroque. Music director and harpsichordist, Erin Helyard, and some of the finest musicians from Pinchgut Opera will perform works by Cavalli, Bononcini, Merula and more. Whether you’re a first-timer, or part of the Pinchgut family, this concert will delight. Pinchgut is one of the gems of the Australian arts scene, as they focus on presenting innovative and rare works of the highest quality.

Please note that the previously advertised exhibition viewing for this session has been changed from 'Living Buddhas: Treasures from Mongolia’ to the recently announced 2013 major exhibition on American art.



Sunday 24 November 2013 7pm – 10pm