6, 7, 8, 13 May

Service One Dawn Balloon Concerts

with Balloon Aloft Canberra.

Wed 6 May

The History of Sound

Inspired by Charles Darwin's 200th, we follow the evolution of humans through music, always exploring the question - does music change the world?

Thurs 7 May

Sun in Me

A portrait concert to celebrate Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday.

Thurs 7 May

The Canberra Times Opening Gala

Celebrating birthdays of the 2009 Canberra Festival Camerata, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.

Fri 8 May

Musica del Fuego

Latin meets 'Oz' as Guitar Trek celebrates its new disc and Albeniz's centenary.

Fri 8 May

Rites of Passage

Peter Sculthorpe's most significant work, commissioned for the opening of the Sydney Opera House, unheard for 35 years, and dedicated to the memory of Joern Utzon.

Sat 9 May

From the Earth to the Moon and back again

Full moon multi-media jazz concert to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy and the 40th anniversary of the Moon landings.

Sat 9 May

National Carillon Concert

FREE concert. The Dutch / Australian connection.

Sat 9 May

Tin Alley Quartet

1st prize winners of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Sat 9 May

Haydn's Surprise

The Impresario Salomon’s chamber music arrangements of Haydn’s most famous symphonies.

Sat 9 May

The Sculthorpe Songbook

Peter Sculthorpe’s best loved works re-imagined as jazz standards. View a preview.

Sun 10 May

NGA Promenade Concert

FREE concert. Mother’s Day musical celebration of the Gallery’s permanent collection.

Sun 10 May

The Artist and the People

Composers in the service of Democracy.

Sun 10 May


A reconciliation concert to express regret and bring us together.

Mon 11 May

Dutch Ambassador's Recital

Tribute concert for the 60th anniversary of violinist Ginette Neveu’s fatal plane crash on return from her recital tour of Australia.

Tues 12 May

Something French, Something Luscious

Music for two Wayne Stuart pianos, harp, flute and four female voices.

Tues 12 May

Love Letters

The profound love between siblings Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn expressed in music and letters.

Wed 13 May

Gallipoli Remembered

A program of poems, soldier’s letters and musical works inspired by Gallipoli.

Wed 13 May

Rajaton Boundless

The six-piece a cappella group Rajaton, the inspiration for The Idea of North, sing Folk, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Nordic Ambient and Classical.

Thurs 14 May

Bach, Grainger, Grieg

Grainger by Grainger with Grainger.

Thurs 14 May

Haydn Sonatas

Geoffrey Lancaster's revelatory performance of Haydn on period keyboard instruments.

Thurs 14 May - Sun 17 May

The Voss Journey

Four days of events, seminars, concerts, films and exhibitions, all inspired by Patrick White's iconic novel VOSS (1956).

Fri 15 May

The Best Year of my Life

The rediscovery of Fanny Duration Mendelssohn’s greatest work.

Fri 15 May

Triple Quartet

Music for one, two and three string quartets.

Sat 16 May

New Music Marathon

Featuring three concerts on Saturday 16 May: ZODIAC (11am-1pm), THE MEMORY OF ROSES (2-4pm) and THE STATE OF THE VOCAL ARTS (5-7pm).

Sun 17 May

Rajaton Unplugged

Up close and personal with the world’s best vocal ensemble. Finland’s finest sing spirituals, sacred and ambient music ‘unplugged’.

Sun 17 May

God Music

Entering the Ethereal. Featuring the Australian premiere of Arvo Part's 'Symphony No 4' (CIMF co-commission).

Tues 12 - Fri 15 May

Amazing Space

Presented in association with the Australian Institute of Architects. Exploring the harmonies between music and architecture…

There are also a number of additional events



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