Going from strength to strength, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s recently announced 2019 Season shows no flagging of inspiration or ambition. Richard Tognetti has crafted a season to hold the interest of the orchestra’s long time supporters but also to reach out to those not yet familiar with ‘standard’ chamber orchestra repertoire. Little is ‘standard’ in this season as he merges vision with music and re-examines much-appreciated masterpieces.
The first program combines Arvo Pärt and JS Bach; both touch the soul and provide a sense of solace. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will be guest artists, reminding many of Vox Clamantis which visited earlier this year. Estonian Arvo Pärt, the world’s most acclaimed and best loved contemporary composer combined with the greatly loved JS Bach, should be unforgettable. The March program sees the return of violinist Lorenza Borrani as guest director in a program of orchestral arrangements of Beethoven (String Quartet Op.135) & Prokofiev (Violin Sonata No. 1). Later in the year is Luminous, marking the 10th anniversary of the visually and aurally adventurous collaboration with photographer Bill Henson whose work was dismissed as ‘revolting’ by then PM Rudd. More familiar territory in September with Celebrating Mozart when pianist Dejan Lazić rejoins Tognetti for a mostly Mozart program launched by Haydn’s Symphony Tempesta di mare. This 2019 season boldly looks to the future while being grounded in classical traditions.
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