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2019 Subscription Season

Welcome to our 2019 Season. This is a year where we’ll push the very concept of a ‘chamber orchestra’ to new heights. Energising and experimental collaborations sit side by side with masterworks from the 18th and 19th centuries, and premieres from some of the most innovative and exciting composers of today.

We welcome new and returning guest artists from the world stage, and showcase the extraordinary talent of our own players.

Our 2019 Season is an adventure that will challenge, embolden and inspire. Read on to learn more about our next journey together.

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2019 Season Performances

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Arvo Pärt & JS Bach

The famed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir join Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra for a concert that will reach celestial heights.

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Beethoven & Prokofiev

Fiery Italian violinist Lorenza Borrani returns as Guest Director in a concert of emotionally-charged music from Prokofiev and Beethoven.

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Branford Marsalis

The American saxophone virtuoso makes his ACO debut in a Latin American jazz inspired program featuring Piazzolla and Villa-Lobos directed by Principal Violin Satu Vänskä.

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Indies & Idols

Compositions from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and Sufjan Stevens presented alongside some of their shared musical influences: Polish composers Szymanowski and Lutosławski.

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Ten years since its last performance, we bring back our ground-breaking musical and visual collaboration with photographer Bill Henson, revived and refreshed with singer-songwriter Lior.

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Celebrating Mozart

Pianist Dejan Lazić reunites with old friends, Richard Tognetti and the Orchestra, for a celebration of Mozart’s symphonies and concertos.

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Intimate Bach

Richard Tognetti is joined by Brett Dean, Erin Helyard and ACO Principal Cello Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve for a celebration of Bach’s genius.

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Brahms & Dvořák

An exuberant end to our 2019 concert season, featuring Brahms’s Double Concerto, performed by Richard Tognetti and Principal Cello Timo-Veikko Valve, and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony.

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Respighi, Britten & Vasks

A Melbourne Recital Centre exclusive that explores the beauty of strings through lively dances and ethereal reveries.

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Nico Muhly and the New

Pekka Kuusisto returns to Melbourne Recital Centre for a program of contemporary music built around a new violin concerto from American composer Nico Muhly.

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Mozart, Haydn & More

Pekka Kuusisto brings his wicked sense of humour to ACO Collective’s palindromic adventure through regional South Australia and Victoria.

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Serenades for Strings

ACO Principal Violin Helena Rathbone leads ACO Collective through a romantic program curated around works by Beethoven, Elgar and Mendelssohn.

We invite you to join Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra for another illuminating year of music.