An edited image of the three modern composers in the Indies & Idols program in front of a violin

Indies & Idols

Indies & Idols
14 - 29 June 2019
Tickets from $49. $30 tickets for Under 30s
Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens were all influenced by great composers. In this program the Orchestra will perform their music alongside the source of their inspiration: Polish nationals Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

A favourite of Richard Tognetti’s, Szymanowski’s surging String Quartet No.2 is a fusion of neoclassicism and Polish folk music. Lutosławski’s Overture for Strings is an almost dizzyingly multifaceted experiment, with one foot in neoclassicism and the other in the avant-garde.

Bryce Dessner’s Réponse Lutosławski is a homage to Lutosławski, whom he credits with having illuminated the way forward in his own musical development. Jonny Greenwood cites another Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, as contributing to his experimental musical language. The suite from Greenwood’s film score, There Will Be Blood, is foreboding, hopeful and beautifully evocative.

Sufjan Stevens is widely celebrated as an American indie luminary, and Suite from Run Rabbit Run is Michael Atkinson's précis of his 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit. Rhythmic drive, catchy melodies and mesmerising string sounds make this arrangement an energising and immersive experience.


“Stimulating, challenging and brilliantly performed, Indies and Idols was a mind-bending, ear twisting, richly rewarding musical experience like few others.” 
The Australian

“A concert of showstoppers” 
- Limelight

Program Detail

LUTOSŁAWSKIOverture for Strings
BRYCE DESSNERRéponse Lutosławski - Australian Premiere
SUFJAN STEVENSSuite from Run Rabbit Run (arr. Michael Atkinson)
KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKIThree Pieces in Baroque Style: I. Aria
JONNY GREENWOODSuite from There Will Be Blood
SZYMANOWSKIString Quartet No.2 (arr. Richard Tognetti)
Concert duration
Approx 95 minutes (incl interval)
Concert program
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Guest Speaker Joseph Nizeti

Fri 14 Jun, 6:45pm

Guest Speaker Joseph Nizeti

Sun 16 Jun, 1:15pm

Guest Speaker Gillian Wills

Mon 17 Jun, 6:15pm

Guest Speaker Rosalind Appleby

Wed 19 Jun, 6:45pm

Guest Speaker Andrew Aronowicz

Sun 23 Jun, 1:45pm

Guest Speaker Andrew Aronowicz

Mon 24 Jun, 6:45pm

Guest Speaker Joseph Nizeti

Tue 25 Jun, 7:15pm

Guest Speaker Joseph Nizeti

Wed 26 Jun, 6:15pm

Guest Speaker Joseph Nizeti

Fri 28 Jun, 12:45pm

Guest Speaker Joseph Nizeti

Sat 29 Jun, 6:15pm


ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti performing

Dive In: Indies & Idols

Preview the music and composers that will feature in the program. 

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