Our group picked a great time to visit Sydney. Over the course of the next couple weeks, Sydney is hosting a festival of music, lights, and ideas all throughout the city. The Opera House is lit up every evening with a spectacular light show (from what we've heard from the locals, this rarely ever happens), and there are a number of other unique events throughout the city as well. The opera house is also hosting some very musical artists that are quite different from their normal bookings (like the symphony orchestra and ballet) including Ladytron and Jon Hopkins. Another classmate and I got tickets for tonight's show with one of my favorite musical groups Battles. It's our last night of the trip, so I think it will be a great way to end this experience.
http://vividsydney.com/ has a rundown on all of the events for the festival.
I'm headed back to the states tomorrow - it's been a great trip!