ALL EVENTS

In 2023 Darwin Symphony Orchestra presents another year of innovative collaborations, special guest artists and, of course, beautiful music. From our inspiring concert season to unique events that engage younger listeners, there is something for everyone. Take a look at some of our exciting events and programs and save money with one of our great value subscriptions!

Be swept away by the wild and passionate spirit of three exciting works.

Witness DSO’s own Concertmaster Tara Murphy starring in Barber’s thrilling violin concerto, a dramatic and contrasting work that culminates in a famously virtuosic and brilliant finale.  

This is followed by Kodály’s spirited Dances of Galánta, at its heart a celebration of Hungarian folk melodies. Finally, the cheerful and sweeping Second Symphony of Brahms, his favourite of his own four symphonies, brings this stunning evening of music to a close. 

When

Saturday 25 March, 7:30pm

Where

Darwin Entertainment Centre

The throwback party you won’t want to miss!

It’s time to pump up the jam and go back to the 90s! Darwin Symphony Orchestra and an incredible front band of local musicians bring back the much-loved Amphitheatre spectacular with new symphonic arrangements of the best 90s hits. 

From Aussie classics like Natalie Imbruglia and Tina Arena, pop favourites Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, to hip hop classics Coolio and legends of metal Metallica, this spectacular night truly has something for everyone to enjoy. 

When

Saturday 24 June, 5:30pm

Where

Darwin Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre

A dramatic encounter with love, death, desire, and destiny.

Don't miss the NT premiere of two incredible works by celebrated Australian composers Brett Dean and Rebecca Erin Smith.  

Dean’s mysterious and dramatic Siduri Dances features DSO's own Principal Flute Tania Watts as soloist, in a work of incredible virtuosity.  Smith’s Foreigner and Foreigner is an expansive work exploring how it feels to be suspended between two places of belonging.  

Beginning the evening is the stunning Prelude and Liebestod to Tristan and Isolde, a dramatic glimpse into the tale of the doomed lovers. 

Copland’s triumphant and beautiful Appalachian Spring completes this beautiful program with a message of hope and prosperity. 

When

Saturday 19 August, 7:30pm

Where

Darwin Entertainment Centre

An immersive and spectacular adventure across the universe

Explore the fascinating and colourful worlds of the best film scores and gaming music in this incredible musical journey.  

Featuring Sci-Fi and superhero classics like Hans Zimmer’s Batman – The Dark Knight and John Williams’ E.T. and Superman, alongside incredible gaming music from Final Fantasy, Super Mario Bros and Zelda, this experience will be an audio-visual spectacular that everyone can enjoy. 

When

Saturday 28 October, 6:30pm

Where

Darwin Entertainment Centre

A masterful musical celebration of hope and unity for all people. 

DSO is thrilled to collaborate again with The Djari Project, an award-winning compositional collaboration between Guwanbal Gurriwiwi and Netanela Mizrahi. Gurriwiwi is a leader and teacher of law, dance and manikay (sacred song) and the Gamurrung songman of the Galpu Clan, bringing his traditional knowledge and custodianship to the collaboration. Mizrahi is a celebrated musician and composer with a long association with DSO. Together with the full orchestra and choir, The Djari Project bring their unique and moving sound in a beautiful performance not to be missed.  

Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony is one of his most celebrated works. Featuring the famous ‘Ode to Joy’ final movement, this incredible symphony is a masterful musical celebration of hope and unity for all people. 

When

Saturday 25 November, 7:30pm

Where

Darwin Entertainment Centre

Education Programs

Get ready to dance and sing with the whole orchestra! 

Bring the whole family for a fun and energetic morning of music! With instrument demonstrations, beautiful music, and a chance to hear the orchestra up close, this interactive and engaging event will bring joy to new listeners.  

Family Proms also features DSO’s fabulous Young Artists who lead us through the many different sounds that make up an orchestra. 

When

Saturday 18 March, 11am

Where

Darwin Entertainment Centre

Witladla has lost his necklace! How will he be able to get it back on his own?

Larrakia Elder Aunty June Mills tells the story of the little owl, Witladla, and his lost necklace. Filled with original songs, puppets that reference traditional Larrakia designs and fun actions, your children are sure to be singing and dancing in no time! 

From beginning tzo end, this show is filled with visual art and craft, musical talent, and with DSO Ensemble adding a beautiful new soundscape to accompany the extraordinary story-telling skills of Aunty June Mills. Your children will be captivated as she shares this moment in the life of Witladla. 

Enjoy the story, and stay after the show to meet Aunty June, our musicians, and all the characters of the play. Who will your favourite characters be? 

When

Saturday 22 April, 9.30 and 11am

Where

CDU Theatre, Casuarina

Bang! Clang! Crash! Nanna’s in the kitchen.  
We’re having Barramundi tonight!  

It’s Storytime! Join Larrakia Author and Artist Jason Lee as he shares his stories in an exciting musical adventure. Kids will love hearing all about catching and cooking barra, and having fun with your family.  

The reading will be accompanied by beautiful new music by Larrakia Musician and Composer Lena Kelli, played by an ensemble of DSO’s musicians. There will be plenty of fun activities for everyone to enjoy! 

When

Saturday 16 November, 9.30 and 11am

Where

CDU Theatre, Casuarina