Welcome to the 40th Anniversary Season of the ACO. This year we take on 450 years of music by 28 composers from 11 countries, performed by more than 30 guest artists, not to mention the 17 core members of the ACO.
Constructing a subscription season is like being a curator in an art gallery, experimenting with unlikely elements, hearing how different works sound side by side, and exploring the sonic spectrum in unexpected ways.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons bookends the year, and serendipitously coincides with our new recording of these concertos for BIS. Along with Vivaldi, we welcome back longtime ACO friend and collaborator Joseph Tawadros, who brings his innovative Egyptian sounds to this quintessentially Baroque program. It has been umpteen years since we first worked with Joe: his beard has grown, along with his reputation, and it gives me great pleasure to be working with him again.
If 40 years seems like a long time, on 25 April 2015 it will be 100 years since our first troops landed at Gallipoli. To commemorate this extraordinary part of Australian history it is an honour to have director Neil Armfield joining us to crystallise something as profound as mateship, independence, and betrayal for Reflections on Gallipoli, featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Frederick Septimus Kelly and the world premiere of a new piece by Carl Vine.
Violinist Stefan Jackiw celebrates with us this year, as well as guest artists Richard Egarr, Susan Graham, Olli Mustonen, Sol Gabetta and the Basel Chamber Orchestra.
Our big symphonic journey features the last great Romantic symphonist, Brahms and his Third Symphony. We’ll also perform Mozart’s last three symphonies – among the greatest ever written. Brahms may have composed only four, but of Mozart’s 41 symphonies, he really hit his stride in the 30s!
I welcome you to join us at any of our concerts as we perform around Australia and overseas in our 40th birthday year!
– Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director and Violin