Highlights this year include an evening of West African song, dance and storytelling with Senegalese culture-keeper, Lamine Sonko; a very special tribute to Django Reinhardt by Berlin-based violinist and brilliant exponent of Gypsy Swing, Daniel Weltlinger; and an intimate recital by lyrical jazz piano outfit, the Grey Wing Trio.  Champions of adventurous new music, Ensemble Offspring, will perform specially commissioned pieces inspired by the croaks and squeaks of the Australian bush, surrounded by an exhibition in Delmar Gallery of some of Australia’s foremost gestural abstract painters.  In March, Delmar Gallery will be the temporary home of the country’s most unusual violin museum, The Rosenberg Museum. Definitely a case of expecting the unexpected, Dr Rosenberg’s Wunderkammer will intrigue and surprise with a Dada-esque cabinet of curiosities and series of performances you won’t want to miss.

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2018 Concert Dates

20 February – Ensemble Aspherical

10 April – Daniel Weltlinger

10 May – Lamine Sonko

31 July – Ensemble Offspring

23 October – Grey Wing Trio

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taking up with modernism

Join us for the opening event of the Society of the Arts 2018 program this Sunday 4 February, 2pm at Delmar Gallery. 

Arts industry leader, Barry Keldoulis, will be our guest speaker and will open the exhibition Taking up with modernism: the Akky van Ogtrop Collection. Mr Keldoulis is the CEO of Art Fairs Australia and Director of Sydney Contemporary, Australasia’s premier international art fair.

Focussing on the tumultuous years of the European avant-garde and their legacy, the exhibition includes over 90 master prints, rare documents and artist’s books from the collection of works on paper specialist, Print Council president and DADA enthusiast, Akky van Ogtrop.

Artists represented include Theo van Doesburg, Erich Buchholz, Max Ernst, Frantisek Kupka, César Domela Nieuwenhuis, Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell, Maurice van Essche and more. The earliest piece is a rare 1912 issue of the influential German avant-garde arts publication, "Der Sturm", with woodcuts by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. 

Delmar Gallery:  Victoria St gate, Summer Hill campus.

Exhibition dates: 4 – 25 February, 2018

Free gallery talk:   Saturday 17 February, 2.30pm, Akky van Ogtrop in conversation with exhibition curator Catherine Benz

Gallery hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12-5pm. Free admission

image: Maurice van Essche (1906 - 1977), “Dada Affiche” 1926, lithograph, 19 x 21cm. Reproduced with permission of the artist’s estate


Ensemble Aspherical

The Last Rose of Summer

Bringing to the stage a wealth of repertoire and experience, Sydney’s newest chamber group Ensemble Aspherical features four long-standing members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Principal Harp, Louise Johnson, former Principal Flute, Janet Webb, Marina Marsden (violin) and Justine Marsden (viola).

Crafted especially for this intimate recital at Delmar Gallery, The Last Rose of Summer is a program filled with melancholic beauty and shimmering elegance, the ethereal sounds of harp and complemented by the vibrancy and warmth of the strings. Not to be missed!



Vivaldi – Concerto a 4 in F major RV100

The Last Rose of Summer arr. L. Johnson

Debussy - Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude)

Spohr – Potpourri on Themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute Sonata Op. 114

Reger – Serenade Op.141a in G (Vivace)

Alwyn – Naiades (Fantasy Sonata)Piazzolla – Libertango


Date: Tuesday 20 February, 7.30pm

Venue: Delmar Gallery

Tickets: $10 - $30.  Free for Trinity students & Society of the Arts Members.

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