A portrait of Nico Muhly sitting on a wall

Nico Muhly and the New

Nico Muhly and the New
4 December 2019
Exclusive to Melbourne. Tickets from $49.
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto returns to Melbourne to direct an exciting program of contemporary music based around the world premiere of American composer Nico Muhly’s Concerto for Violin and Strings, commissioned by the ACO and Melbourne Recital Centre.

Nico straddles multiple genres of music including writing opera and chamber music, and collaborations with Björk, Bryce Dessner and Sufjan Stevens.

Pekka not only invited Nico to write this concerto but also asked him to help curate the program. Missy Mazzoli’s You Know Me From Here sees the welcome return of Nico’s fellow New Yorker after she wowed ACO audiences with her 2018 world premiere of Dark With Excessive Bright.

The program also features American minimalist Steve Reich’s Duet, Alex Mills’s One is Fun and Andrea Tarrodi’s Birds of Paradise, which will set an expectant atmosphere for Nico’s highly anticipated premiere. Nico will also attend the performance and participate in a special pre-concert conversation.

Program Detail

ACO COLLECTIVEDrone Meditation
MISSY MAZZOLIYou Know Me From Here (arr. strings) - Australian Premiere
ANDREA TARRODIBirds of Paradise - Australian Premiere
ALEX MILLSOne is Fun - World Premiere
NICO MUHLYConcerto for Violin and Strings - World Premiere
Concert duration
120 mins (incl interval)
Playlist by the ACO
Nico Muhly & the New
Free pre-concert talk
Join us 45 minutes before the performance to learn about the concert from a music expert.

Guest Speaker Nico Muhly

Wed 4 Dec, 6:45pm



ACO Violinist Glenn Christensen during rehearsal

Dive In: Nico Muhly and the New

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

Principal Partner: ACO COLLECTIVE

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