* Cover story- Yo-Yo Ma- Bach Across Borders. The legendary musician and humanitarian makes his long-awaited Australian debut with performances of JS Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, which he will play in one sitting in Sydney and Melbourne.
* Feature- 30 Australian Musicians Under 30. Who are Australia’s most exciting young classical performers and what is it that makes them special? We look at 30 of the best from 11-year-old violinist Christian Li to 24-year-old composer Alice Chance.
*Interviews- Donald Runnicles, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s first ever Principal Guest Conductor discusses his new role with the orchestra where he conducts Messiaen, Bruckner, Strauss and Faure this month; violinist Helena Rathbone marks 25 years with the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Swedish soprano Nina Stemme on returning to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for an all-Wagner Gala.
*Story- Sydney Dance Company celebrates its half century with a thrilling double bill featuring Rafael Bonachela’s 6 Breaths and a new, grand-scale work by Gideon Obarzanek called Us 50, featuring former and current dancers of the company along with members of the dance community.
*Reviews- Nikolaj Znaider conducts a concert for West Australian Symphony Orchestra with Asher Fisch as the soloist for Schumann’s Piano Concerto; Stephen Hough performs Brahms’ Second Piano
Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mark Wigglesworth; Joanna Murray-Smith’s new comedy L’Appartement, which she is directing herself for Queensland Theatre.
*What’s on- live performance and radio highlights for October 2019.