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.