extravagant riot of colour and spectacle in the set-piece crowd scenes. When the focus turned to the characters’ inner feelings and thoughts, the unobtrusive direction ensured the dramatic impact was just as compelling. Fleet Steps, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Sydney. Tonight and final show tomorrow, 7.30pm. Tickets: $110-$359. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Duration: 2hr 45min, with 35min interval. of the Papunya Tula artists. Academy of St Martin in the Fields Music director and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell leads the chamber orchestra on its first major Australian tour in almost three decades. Bell is renowned for his interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. His thrilling unconducted performance of this pinnacle of the romantic repertoire restores its vibrancy and power. Mozart’s dramatic Symphony No 25 reveals the composer’s sure-footed sense of theatre. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Tonight and tomorrow only, 7pm. Tickets:$110-$359. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Duration: 2hr, with 20min interval. Elgar’s Cello Concerto Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh will be joined by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Elgar’s heartwrenchingly beautiful Cello Concerto. Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No 5 will be played with dramatic tension after the interval.