The Zenith Theatre and Convention Centre in the heart of Chatswood doesn’t just put on live music concerts, they put together a program of engaging performances to take listeners on a musical journey throughout the year. Featuring world-class musicians, the main auditorium continues its live music offering in 2023 with Zenith Sunday Sessions.
The series of Sunday afternoon concerts have a special focus on classical, jazz and world music and are the perfect way to end the weekend. We are excited to announce that The Zenith Theatre has added more dates and performances to its 2023 lineup, and we are looking forward to introducing you to the incredible shows we have in store.
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Sunday 11 June
Often referred to as the Mozart of the nineteenth century, Mendelssohn’s compositions are a transcendent example of classical music. In this tribute performance, The Nomad String Quartet will be performing two of German composer Mendelssohn’s quartets from Opus 44.
The quartets were dedicated by Mendelssohn to the Crown Prince of Sweden and were published between 1837 and 1838. They are an exuberant and high-spirited conversation between the four instruments, and The Nomad’s rendition is a beautiful ode to the music of Mendelssohn.
Sunday 23 July
Paco Lara is an acclaimed flamenco guitarist from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, which is often seen as the birthplace of flamenco. He started playing guitar at the age of 8, and by 16 years old was already working as a flamenco guitarist alongside his brother. Since then, Paco has continued to hone his skills in the art of flamenco and has mastered it in all its forms.
Paco has performed at The Sydney Opera House and at The Adelaide Guitar Festival and today, he is recognised as the most prominent flamenco guitarist living in Australia.
Now, at this Zenith Sunday Session, you can immerse yourself in the authentic culture and artistry of Southern Spain with Paco Lara’s unmistakable Jerez-style flamenco guitar playing. Enjoy as Paco reinterprets themes from The Andalusian Guitar and some of the greatest guitar classics of all time, with his unmistakable sound of Jerez.
Sunday 3 September
The six “Haydn” Quartets were composed by Mozart in dedication to Joseph Haydn, who is seen as the creator of the modern string quartet. The quartets were published by Mozart in 1785, and have been loved by listeners around the world ever since.
Enjoy a fresh rendition of the fifteenth and nineteenth string quartets, masterfully performed by The Nomad String Quartet. A four-piece ensemble, The Nomad String Quartet are known for their engaging and passionate performances, and this one will be no different.
Sunday 6 August
ARIA award winning pianist, Tamara-Anna Cislowska has put together an incredible programme of piano pieces for this Zenith Sunday Session. Including everything from Bach to the Beatles, and Hisaishi to Ben Folds, this concert will include music that is soul-stirring, dramatic and just plain fun!
Tamara has travelled extensively throughout her career and has received numerous international prizes, including the Rovere d’Oro, and has toured as a cultural ambassador for Australia in Japan and the USA. She has won several awards, such as the ABC Young Performer of the Year, the Freedman Fellowship, an Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ (ACT), and the 2015 ARIA award for ‘Best Classical Album’.
This will be an evening of pure piano mastery, as Tamara showcases her incredible talents. There is no better way to appreciate the music of piano, then through the capable hands of Australia’s most renowned and masterful classical artists.
Sunday 1st October
Get ready for a night of smooth jazz and sultry swing with Andrew Dickeson’s Blue Rhythm Band. For this very special one off concert at the Zenith Theatre, Dickeson and his quartet will delve into the repertoire of the legendary jazz maestro, Duke Ellington.
Seen as one of the greatest jazz composers of all time, Duke Ellington had an enormous impact on the popular music of the late 20th century, and was known to keep the dance floors full and the energy high. Now you can enjoy Duke’s music skilfully reimagined through the Blue Rhythm Band.
Sunday 5 November
Experience the awe-inspiring talents of Sally Walker, an exceptional flute soloist, and Emily Granger, a highly regarded harpist, as they shatter expectations with their remarkable musical prowess at this Zenith Sunday Session.
Their dynamic performance will showcase the genius of composers like JS Bach and WA Mozart, who composed a concerto specifically for flute and harp, as well as explore the intricate melodies of Elena Kats Chernin and Lachlan Skipworth.
Sally Walker is widely known for impeccable technical skill and performs on modern flutes and piccolo as well as historical flutes and recorders. Sally has toured and recorded with orchestras and ensembles around the world, such as with the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras to name a few.
Her co-performer for the evening Emily Granger is a renowned harpist who has performed alongside artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Blasko, and Renée Fleming. Emily has performed recitals from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center and has appeared with the Chicago, Sydney, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. Together they will bring together music that is both timeless and contemporary in this incredible concert performance.
Set aside an hour of your time and allow yourself to be swept away by the harmonious union of these two extraordinary artists.
With tickets priced at just $49 for adults and $29 for children under the age of 16, the Zenith Sunday Sessions are a phenomenal opportunity for music lovers to experience some of the best classical, jazz and world musicians currently in Australia.
More performances are to be announced as part of the Zenith Sunday Sessions series, so keep an eye on this space for new concerts featuring world-class musicians.