There’s no doubt about the Australian Chamber Orchestra; full of confidence it is sailing into 2021 with its most ambitious season to date with concerts in eight cities. That includes seven concerts in Sydney, five in Melbourne and further concerts in Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle and Wollongong. The orchestra is also launching an innovative digital concert experience: ACO StudioCasts has great possibilities.
Richard Tognetti has announced typically ambitious programs with a skilful balance of new and familiar works. Highlights include Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pårt, the most popular and frequently performed living composer; arrangements by Richard Tognetti of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata paired with Janácek’s Kreutzer quartet; Schubert’s glorious C major quintet with Beethoven’s C minor quintet; Baroque ‘Revelry’; a program called River; another called Music for Healing; rounding out the year with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons plus. Woven into all those are four world premieres and four Australian premieres. Separately, Principal Violin Helena Rathbone will lead ACO Collective on a tour.
ACO StudioCasts will be an inaugural digital subscription series of eight 50-minute concert films released on the Orchestra’s new video streaming platform. These concert films are creatively conceived visual and aural entertainments; a really significant development in music making and presentation by this truly national orchestra.
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