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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

12 December 2020

9:00 AM

12 December 2020

9:00 AM

Time to look to the future; performing arts companies are encouraging us to do so through their subscription seasons now on sale. Recently announced is that of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra performing in Sydney & Parramatta from 24 February. The orchestra hopes to announce its Melbourne dates in January when restrictions are further eased.

Artistic Director Paul Dyer has crafted programs which, as usual, will be a source of considerable pleasure.  The opening series in Sydney is called Handel’s Rome. The one Handel work in the program (so far) is his glorious setting of the prophetic Psalm 110 Dixit Dominus. Audiences will be delighted to hear the Brandenburg Choir again joined with an expanded orchestra. Now that’s really a way to celebrate a return of live performances!


There are six series in the season. Other highlights include Baroque violinist Jonas Zschenderlein as soloist in Bach’s Universe. This young man from Koblenz, Germany will be making his first appearances in Australia; his recorded performances suggest an engaging presence with a brilliant technique.

Poet of the Violin is the surprising title of a program in September which will feature Swiss-Iranian violinist Leila Schayegh whose Baroque expertise will be on display when she guest directs works by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach. This is what audiences come for. And Circa, the circus returns in October. The ABO is honouring its pledge to be resilient, agile and creative.

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