Forty-four years after Elton John’s first Australian performance in Perth in 1971, the iconic entertainer returns to revisit his well-known material, backed by a three-piece band including drummer Nigel Olsson, who performed on that inaugural Australian tour more than four decades ago. Qantas Credit Union Arena, 35 Harbour Street, Sydney. Tonight, 7pm. Tickets: $183. Bookings: 1300 795 012 or online. Handel’s Messiah For 75 years the Combined Church Choir has been performing Handel’s seasonal masterpiece in the grandeur of the Sydney Town Hall. This year it welcomes soloists Pascal Herington, Alexander Knight, Emma Moore and Sarah Kemeny. Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney. Tonight, 5pm and tomorrow, 2.15pm. Tickets: $33$48. Bookings: (02) 8356 2222.