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	Image: Bass Extravaganza, courtesy the artists

Resonate 2016

Concert series

Let music elevate your spirits in the 2016 Resonate concert series.

Browse the latest exhibition after hours, share a drink with friends and fellow Gallery members, then take your seats for some of Australia’s finest and most original performers.

Each concert is preceded by a champagne reception and a private exhibition viewing at the Gallery. Doors open at 7pm. Concert starts at 8pm.

Image: Bass Extravaganza, courtesy the artists

Various dates in 2016, 7pm

Single concert:
Non-member $80
Member $70

Full subscription:
Non-member $590 (save $40)
Member $490 (save $60)

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878

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Subscription tickets available by phone or in person at the members lounge, not 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.

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

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Simon Tedeschi BOOKED OUT

Simon Tedeschi returns to the Gallery at the culmination of a tour playing the original piano version of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an exhibition. The perfect complement to the artworks on display at the Gallery in The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, the 10-movement suite is a musical description of a walk among paintings, and is described by Tedeschi as a work of ‘emotional gravity and density’. Physically demanding, it has required him to undertake physical training to prepare for its rigours.

Acclaimed by many as the most brilliant and versatile pianist of his generation, Simon Tedeschi is a favourite with Gallery audiences. With a shorter piece by way of introduction, this will be a memorable one-hour performance.


Sunday 31 January 2016 7pm – 10pm

Location: Grand Courts


Defying stereotypes, FourPlay blur the boundaries between genres and styles but always stay true to the original sound they have created. In this concert they will perform new works from their album This machine and also familiar songs as you have never heard them before.

A songwriting indie rock band that happens to be an electric string quartet, FourPlay shot to prominence in Australia and Europe in the late 1990s. They are now back in Sydney from a whirlwind international tour that took in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Barbican Centre. They write their own songs inspired by rock, pop, post-rock, jazz, klezmer, swing, folktronica and hip hop, and have composed live comic-book scores – no musical stone is left unturned.

Brothers Peter and Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenzo Gregorio are the talented, close-knit team of FourPlay – all of them singers as well as instrumentalists.



Sunday 21 February 2016 7pm – 10pm

Location: Domain Theatre

Acacia Quartet with special guest Emile Cantor

In just five years the ARIA-nominated Acacia Quartet has come to the forefront of string music performance with innovative programs combining the classical and the unorthodox. With special guest Emile Cantor, they will play three masterworks written for viola quintet: Vaughan Williams’ Phantasy quintet, Mozart’s String quintet in C Major, K 515 and a new composition, Holidays, written for Acacia and Emile Cantor by Lyle Chan. To add to the viola theme, Bridge’s Lament for two violas will be performed as well.

Violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, violist Stefan Duwe and cellist Anna Martin-Scrase form Acacia Quartet, which is featured regularly on ABC Classic FM. Emile Cantor is one of the world’s outstanding viola players. Born in the Netherlands and trained in Paris, he is a founder of the concert cycle correspondances focused on the relationship between art and music.



Sunday 3 April 2016 7pm – 10pm

Location: Grand Courts

Slava Grigoryan with Sharon Draper BOOKED OUT

Cellist Sharon Draper and guitarist Slava Grigoryan unite for a program of great beauty and contrast, performing works by Vivaldi, Granados, Piazolla and Schubert.

Sharon Draper, as the cellist with the Australian String Quartet, brings a wealth of chamber music experience. As well as being a highly accomplished soloist, her many collaborations include the Hopkins Quartet and The Australia Ensemble. She plays a 1734 Guadagnini cello, generously on loan to her by the Ngeringa Arts Foundation.

Slava Grigoryan’s career now spans 25 years. He has released more than 30 albums, is in constant demand internationally and has been the artistic director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival since 2010.


Sunday 29 May 2016 7pm – 10pm

Location: Domain Theatre

Baby et Lulu BOOKED OUT

The magnetic musical partnership of Abby Dobson – ‘Baby’ (Leonardo’s Bride) – and Lara Goodridge – ‘Lulu’ (FourPlay) – will perform a selection of classic and contemporary French chansons, as well as their own original compositions written in French.

The program allows the artists to step into two sassy and playful characters in a celebration of la vie française, combining seductively witty banter with romantic chansons sung exquisitely in French. They will be accompanied by the Baby et Lulu live band, with Matt Ottignon (flute, sax, clarinet), Julian Curwin (classical guitar), Marcello Maio (piano, accordion) and Mark Harris (double bass).


Sunday 19 June 2016 7pm – 10pm

Location: Entrance court

Australian Haydn Ensemble and Celeste Lazarenko

The most youthful and innovative newcomer to the early music scene, the Australian Haydn Ensemble in four short years has established a reputation as a high-calibre period instrument group specialising in the late baroque and early classical.

With guest soprano Celeste Lazarenko they present a program exploring Haydn’s Scottish influences in folk songs, many of which he adapted, and in the piano trios that are fine examples of the composer’s chamber music work.

The ensemble’s artistic director and principal violinist Skye McIntosh will be joined by Dr Erin Helyard (fortepiano) and Anton Baba (cello) when these rising stars of classical music perform in the Gallery for the first time.



Sunday 25 September 2016 7pm – 10pm

Location: Grand Courts

Songmakers Australia

Songmakers Australia celebrates five years of great music-making in 2016. It welcomes its newest core member, Sydney-based international tenor Andrew Goodwin, with a program of old and new favourites. The concert begins with Mozart’s beautiful Notturni for three voices, followed by Beethoven’s heart-wrenching tribute To the distant beloved performed here on the bicentenary of its composition. The ensemble turns to quartet mode to conclude with a performance of the Spanisches Liederspiel as originally intended by Schumann.

Songmakers Australia have built a reputation as one of the country’s leading ensembles, bringing together some of the country’s most prominent singers and instrumentalists in a diverse repertoire comprising some of the great classics of chamber music and the best of contemporary Australian composition.

Pianist Andrea Katz teams with soprano Merlyn Quaife, mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell, tenor Andrew Goodwin and bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos in a dynamic interplay of song and chamber music.



Sunday 16 October 2016 7pm – 10pm

Location: Grand Courts

David Malouf with Bass Extravaganza BOOKED OUT

The Art Gallery Society of NSW is proud to host the premiere of a work by Australia’s master of letters, David Malouf, written especially for Bass Extravaganza.

The double bass duo of Kees Boersma and Kirsty McCahon was the surprise hit of last year’s Resonate concert series, bringing innovative programming to the sonorous music of their voluptuously beautiful instrument. That performance moved the writer to offer them the collaboration that comes to fruition in this concert.


Sunday 20 November 2016 7pm – 10pm

Location: Entrance court