On June 21, Australia will celebrate Make Music Day. It is the second year that Australia has been involved in the international festival that began as the Fête de la Musique in France in 1982 and last year embraced 800 cities. Last year saw the festival come to Australia in a pilot program, which involved over 100 events at 80 locations around the country, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra live streaming its Verdi’s Requiem concert.

Joseph Tawadros Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros. Photo courtesy of Sydney Symphony Orchestra

This year, the SSO will be live streaming again, this time with its Music of the Oud concert starring Joseph Tawadros, which will be available online for those who can’t make it to the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall. The performance will be part of a day-long video stream on June 21 showing the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra is also getting involved, with a free pop-up performance by the ACO Quartet at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to coincide with the orchestra’s Indies & Idolstour.

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