Art of Nature 

10, 11 February 2016

Bach’s deathbed masterworks with exquisite and arresting images from nature by photographer Gary Heery.

BACH  The Art of Fugue BWV 1080
HAYDN  String Quartet op. 76/4 Sunrise
PUCCINI  Elegy Chrysanthemums
MILHAUD  String Quartet Op. 5


Jesus is Coming

11 May 2016

Recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley, joyous baroque and a taste of JacobTV that is so much more than simply avant garde.

BEETHOVEN  String Quartet Op 18/1
TELEMANN  Recorder Concerto TWV 51:C1
KATS CHERNIN  Reinventions
JACOB TV  Jesus is Coming

Shocking Cliches

15, 16 June 2016

Sumptuous cinema music & tongue-in-cheek concert cliches counterpoint electric shock treatment and audience sabotage. Prepare to kill your darlings. Michaela Davies, cross-discipline artist.

HAYDN  Quartet Op 20/2 in C
BORODIN  Quartet No.2 in D
DAVIES/SANNA  Cyborg Quartet
PACHELBEL  Canon in D Sabotaged

Butt Naked Salon

3, 4, 5 August 2016

Life drawing, absurdist dance and one of Australia’s most loved painters combine to create a risqué experimental art salon. BYO art materials & photo ID. With Wendy Sharpe (Artist), Andrew Batt-Rawden (Composer & Life Model) & Clementine Robertson, Multi-disciplinary Artist.

SHOSTAKOVICH  String Quartet No. 3
RAVEL  String Quartet in F Major
ROBERTSON  Beetroot Dionysos
ELGAR  Chanson de Matin & Nuit Op. 15

Sex and Death

14, 15 September 2016

The AAQ continues its extraordinary debut season in a collaboration with Australia's leading vocal group The Song Company and one of the more interesting people on the planet - Mr Lyle Chan, composer and speaker. 

GESUALDO  Madrigals 1611
SCHUBERT  Quartet Death & The Maiden
CHAN  AIDS Memoir Quartet
VERDI  String Quartet in E minor

Scent of Memory

9, 10 November 2016

The AAQ completes 2016 in a stunning collaboration with the distinguished international fragrance designer, architect & historian Carlos Huber. Join us for a fascinating experiment in scent, sound and imagination.

TCHAIKOWSKY  String Quartet Op70/1
ARVO PÄRT  Fratres
MOUNTFORT  Boat of Faith


The Flower Whsiperer

29, 30, 31 March 2017

Saskia Havekes – artist, floral curator, author
Tony Assness – creative director & event designer
Gary Heery - photographer        
Warren Macris – digital artist

Saskia Havekes does not arrange flowers, she curates them. And drama and scale are her signatures. When she joins forces with Australia’s premier event, theatre and party director you know you are going to an AAQ concert unlike anything you have ever experienced.

STEPHAN KONCZA New Satiesfaction
ARVO PÄRT  Spiegel im Spiegel
ARVO PÄRT  Für Alina
DEBUSSY  Quartet in g minor Op. 10

Spatial Contemplation

17 May 2017

Steve Reich's masterpiece with video installation and a world premier work feature in this exploration of space and sound.

REICH  Different Trains with video installation by Gabriela Sá and Mariana Garcia*
PURCELL  Fantasias
BATT-RAWDEN  30/31 (world premier)
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY  String Quartet no.2 op.13 in A minor

*Commissioned by Rodrigo Bustamante/Quarteto Libertas – Belo Horizonte/Brazil


When We Were Young

8, 10, 11 August 2017

Taryn Fiebig – opera and musical theatre star

Royalty, audiences and critics agree - she is magnificent. Do not miss seeing this incredible artist in concert with the AAQ in the intimate surroundings of the Yellow House.

VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS  Merciless Beauty
SCHUMANN  6 Songs Op 107
MOZART  Quartet KV 80
SCULTHORPE  Maranoa Lullaby
GRANDAGE  The Owl and the Pussy Cat


Flesh & Bone

18, 19, 20 October 2017

with KAGE

The highly acclaimed KAGE joins the SAQ in a dreamlike exploration of gender. Flesh & Bone is a lullaby, a parable and a song about what it means not to be man or woman, but to be human. Darlings of international arts festivals, this is an incredible chance to experience KAGE at point blank range.

Works from:
Astor Piazzolla
Nick Wales
Philip Glass
Michael Nyman


Butt Naked Salon II

29, 30 November, 1 December 2017

Alan Jones – painting the walls of the Yellow House
Sydney Art Quartet - performing Schubert, Sculthorpe & Finzi
Musings from Tim Olsen

The outrageous concert of 2016 returns in an evocation of a bohemian art salon that merges music life & live drawing. Bring your own art materials and join in, or simply immerse yourself in the exquisite ambience. It is assured you will be dining out on this experience for years. 

FRANZ SCHUBERT  Quartet No. 13 in A minor - Rosamunde
PETER SCULTHORPE  String Quartet No. 11 - Jabiru Dreaming
GERALD FINZI  Romance Opus 11



7, 8, 9 March 2018

with LAURA JADE, creator of 'Brainlight'

Want to see how music makes you feel? Can you turn sound into brainwaves & light? This multi-sensory experience vividly demonstrates the powerful effects sound has on our mind. Come hear, feel and see. 

BACH  Art of Fugue
DVORAK  Quartet #12 ‘American’ 
HAYDN  Quartet op. 76/5 in D major
TOOL  Forty Six & 2
BEETHOVEN  Quartet op. 18/4 in C minor





13, 14, 15 June 2018

with MCLEAN EDWARDS, painter

Classical music fuses with psychological portraiture. Sink deep into rich and stormy music while McLean depicts it all in his darkly humorous style. Your own sketch kit is welcome to add to the drama.

MENDELSSOHN  Quartet No.6 Op.80
WEBERN  Langsame Satz
SHOSTAKOVICH  Quartet No. 7 Op.108



28, 29, 31 August 2018

with DAVID WENHAM, actor

Every string, every sound, every voice, every word. Come and experience great literature combined with the music that inspired it. You’ll discover how incisive and seductive music and words can be together.

CHARPENTIER Concert pour 4 parties de violes H.545
RAVEL Quartet in F Major Allegro moderato
HAYDYN String Quartet Op. 20/6 Allegro di molto e scherzando
Quartet Nr. 12 in C D703 Quartettsatz
JANÁČEK String Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata

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10, 11, 12 October 2018

with ERIN HELYARD, harpsichord & fortepiano

Inspired by Mozart’s famous party tricks, experience how much your senses are heightened when you switch one off. Featuring the Helpmann Award winning Erin Helyard performing both concertos on both harpsichord and fortepiano in the same concert.... Your ears will see it all.  

WA MOZART Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K 449
JS BACH Concerto in D Minor BWV 1052
EF DALL'ABACO Concerto a Piu Instrumenti, Op 6/4