Rhapsody and Revelry: Tchaikovsky, Arvo Pärt and Sufjan Stevens

The Australian Chamber Orchestra has always forged its own path. In this kaleidoscopic celebration of music across three centuries, you’ll experience what makes them “a remarkable band quite like any other” (The Guardian UK). Led by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, the ACO will traverse music from rich Romanticism to the mysticism and playfulness of contemporary music, all performed with the Orchestra’s unrivalled virtuosity and dynamism.

At the heart of this program stands Tchaikovsky’s soaring Serenade for Strings, a masterpiece that has earned a rightful place as an audience favourite through its irresistible melodies and open-hearted joy.

A different sense of rhapsody is found in the music of Arvo Pärt, whose Fratres is paired with the deeply affecting music of George Walker – dedicated to his grandmother, a formerly enslaved woman.  

Collaborations with composers outside of classical traditions such as Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and The National’s Bryce Dessner are a distinctive part of the ACO’s DNA, and in this program the music of American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens brings his trademark sense of humour and revelry.

Meditation, ecstasy and illumination: expect to find it all in this program showcasing the Australian Chamber Orchestra at its very best.

“Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade for Strings was full of shape and nuance, with the ensemble’s infectious personality shining forth throughout … charismatic, expressive, and fresh”


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