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Our upcoming US tour

Posted on 18 Mar 2019 by ACO

“The energy and vibe of a rock band with the ability of a crack classical chamber group" - Washington Post.

We are thrilled to be returning to the United States for the first time in three years to perform eight concerts over 15 days in New York, Boston, Northern and Southern California, New Jersey, Virginia and Indiana.

Richard Tognetti will lead the Orchestra through three different concert programs comprised of JS Bach’s The Art of Fugue, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.12 and Violin Concerto No.3 (featuring Richard as soloist) and Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op.130 and Grosse Fuge, Op.133. We are delighted to be joined by internationally renowned pianists Paul Lewis and Inon Barnatan during the course of the tour at select performances. 

On what marks our 19th visit to the US, we will also present the US premiere of American composer Samuel Adams’ Movements (for us and them). Commissioned by the ACO and Stanford Live, this work received its world premiere in a critically-acclaimed national tour last year, including multiple sell-out performances in Sydney and Melbourne. The Canberra Times praised Movements (for us and them), saying “the performance stole the show…Adams' work creates in sound music on which to balance the weight of the world.  I was moved by the subtle emotional power of this new work.”

Adams dedicated the piece to the ACO after seeing the ACO perform for the first time in his hometown of Berkley, California, saying “It was as if the world’s greatest string quartet had put on an Iron Man suit, amplifying the precision and physicality of a small chamber ensemble to a group of 17 musicians.  It was a hair-raising experience, and I’m honored to dedicate my new work to this wonderful group.”

“The ACO is Australia’s busiest touring orchestra, having toured internationally over 65 times in its 44-year history,” says ACO Managing Director Richard Evans. “The Orchestra has a long and successful history of touring to North America, which continues to be one of the Orchestra’s major international touring priorities alongside the UK and Europe, and Japan.

“We very much look forward to returning to the US for the first time in three years to perform for audiences across the country, as well as engaging in outreach activities with students at Folsom Lake College and Virginia Tech.”

This tour marks the first of two international tours in our 2019 Season. We will travel to the UK in October for our second season in-residence as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court at London’s Barbican Centre.