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UPDATE: Touring with Antony Jeffrey

Posted on 15 Jun 2018 by Antony Jeffrey

ACO Members posing for a photo in America

Update: 8 August 2018

The program for the ACO’s concerts in New York and Boston have just been announced.

The concert starts with Bach's Contrapunctus I–IV from Art of Fugue arranged by Richard Tognetti. Then we have Mozart’s Concerto in A major K 414, followed by the Beethoven Quartet in B flat op 130 plus the Grosse Fuge also arranged by Tognetti. In New York the pianist is the New York based Inon Barnatan who is the first Artist in Association with the New York Philharmonic. In Boston the pianist is the great Paul Lewis.

I have also been watching a YouTube piece on the new production of La Traviata we will attend at the Met which opens soon. The Tony Award winning director Michael Mayer talks of his concept to treat the opera as a flashback from Violetta’s death bed with the settings represented by the four seasons starting with Spring which look ravishingly beautiful. The production features Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Florez and is conducted by Met Musical Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Take a look at the clip here.

Click the links below to view the programs and a detailed itinerary of the US tour:

Boston Concert New York Concert Full Tour Itinerary

You may not be aware that the ACO performs overseas far more than any other Australian arts organization. In fact, the Orchestra will soon give its 500th concert abroad.

As a former General Manager of the ACO, Alumni Travel has asked me to lead a tour that allows a group of music lovers to join the ACO tour to the US next April, and see how they stack up.  

Imagine: seeing the ACO at Lincoln Center one night, then Traviata across the square at the Met the next. Watching the ACO at Jordan Hall in Boston, then catching the Boston Symphony at Symphony Hall the following day.

If you ever had any doubts about where our orchestra stands in the world’s firmament of fine music, your experience of these comparisons will dispel them.

Last month a group I led (many of us ACO regulars) enjoyed a similar experience  of comparison during a tour in southern Europe. There we were able to compare Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic playing Beethoven’s Eroica symphony in Baden Baden with Ashkenazy directing the Maggio Musicale orchestra through the Seventh symphony in Barcelona just a few days later.  Both were wonderful, but so very different!  And, of course, we all had opinions to share on their relative merits.

The wonderful thing about these trips is the mixture of excitement and bonhomie generated by a group of people with similar interests and diverse points of view coming together for a few magical weeks that are so unlike  our day to day lives.

My springtime tour to New York and Boston next April is especially designed for ACO fans, including ACO concerts presented alongside two operas at the Met, concerts at Carnegie Hall, Broadway shows and guided visits to the great museums. The group will also attend parties with the musicians after their concerts, which are a buzz you won’t soon forget.

If coming on the tour tempts you, have a look at the US itinerary here, or enjoy a full run down of our recent trip to Europe on my blog.