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In its Australian debut, the ground-breaking international series KLASSIK underground will transform Adelaide’s Dom Polski Centre into an up-close and immersive concert series combining classical music with live visuals from leading Australian artists.

Gleefully defying expectations, KLASSIK underground is a new experience of live music and visuals that’s experimental, collaborative and always thrilling. Across three nights with three distinct programs, globetrotting Australian violist, member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and founder of KLASSIK underground, Tahlia Petrosian, will direct the collaboration between a star-studded ensemble of musicians and Australia’s foremost visual artists.

With hypnotic live visuals from CAPITAL WASTE (Liam Somerville), Robin Fox and Margie Medlin, they’ll navigate an eclectic body of work spanning from Schoenberg to Steve Reich.

Whilst it is not mandatory to wear masks to enter KLASSIK underground we encourage patrons to protect themselves by wearing a mask.

KLASSIK underground is supported by Ulrike Klein AO.

Image credit: Kiss&Tell Communication



"...combining classical music with modern video installations - KLASSIK underground started as an experiment which then became a way or rethinking new concert formats."
— Tahlia Petrosian, founder


KLASSIK underground kicks off its Australian debut with a journey into the expressive musical language of two 20th century influential Austrian radicals. Webern’s Langsamer Satz for string quartet leads us into Schoenberg’s monumental string sextet, Transfigured Night Op. 4, inspired by Richard Dehmels poem.

Sophie Rowell (Violin) (MEL)
Matthew Tomkins (Violin) (MEL)
Tahlia Petrosian (Viola) (Leipzig, GER)
Justin Julian (Viola) (ADL)
Simon Cobcroft (Cello) (ADL)
Sharon Grigoryan (Cello) (ADL)

Visual Collaborator: CAPITAL WASTE (Liam Somerville)

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Be immersed in a unique concert experience combining Shostakovich’s String Quartets No. 7, Op. 108, and No. 11, Op. 122, as well as Sofia Gubaidulina’s String Quartet No. 2, with the mesmerising laser artistry of Melbourne audio-visual artist Robin Fox. These works will be preceded by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov’s moving “Icon” for String Quartet.

Sophie Rowell (Violin) (MEL)
Matthew Tomkins (Violin) (MEL)
Tahlia Petrosian (Viola) (Leipzig, GER)
Simon Cobcroft (Cello) (ADL)

Visual Collaborator: Robin Fox

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In the conclusion to the KLASSIK underground series, the parallel voices in Contrapunctus I, II and IX from Bach’s Art of Fugue arranged for String Quartet introduce Steve Reichs ground-breaking Different Trains for String Quartet and Tape (1988), where live and pre-recorded music run parallel.

Sophie Rowell (Violin) (MEL)
Matthew Tomkins (Violin) (MEL)
Tahlia Petrosian (Viola) (Leipzig, GER)
Simon Cobcroft (Cello) (ADL)

Visual Collaborator: Margie Medlin

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CONCERT I : Transfigured Night
Fri 15 July
CONCERT II : Revolutionary Rhythms
Sat 16 July
CONCERT III : Different Trains
Sun 17 July


Dom Polski Centre

230 Angas St, Adelaide

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General Admission
3-Concert Pass


Wheelchair Access



60 mins

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