Opening Concert

The Opening Concert kicks off the Sydney Marimba Weekend with an inspiring concert of percussion music, featuring the marimba.

SMW faculty and featured artists come together to present a diverse programme that leads the audience through exciting musical worlds.

It is a rare opportunity to experience some of Australia’s top leading marimba professionals, live in concert.

The Opening Concert is a ticketed event, open to the public.

Gala Concert

The Gala Concert closes the Sydney Marimba Weekend. It is a celebration of the marimba and a showcase of some of Sydney’s brightest new marimbists.

In the Gala Concert, SMW participants have the unique opportunity to perform alongside SMW faculty members. Together they present a full concert programme, including solos, chamber music and the combined marimba ensemble.

In the combined marimba ensemble, all SMW participants, regardless of age or experience, perform together as one, creating a beautiful massed marimba sound that can only be heard at the Sydney Marimba Weekend.

Participants who perform solos and chamber music are selected by SMW faculty and featured artists. Their choices are based on musical, programming concerns; it is NOT a reward to the ‘best’ participants.

The Gala Concert is a ticketed event, open to the public. We encourage all participants to bring as many friends and family as possible!