Touring to Sydney (7-11 May), Wollongong (12 May), Canberra (14 May), Melbourne (15-16 & 21 May), Adelaide (17 May), Perth (18 May) and Brisbane (23 May).
Benjamin Britten and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart reach out to one another across the centuries in profound and deeply moving communion.
Mozart’s wondrous Sinfonia Concertante intertwines violin and viola soloists in a partnership of equals. They speak to one another of beauty, loss, consolation and, finally, exaltation.
Our Principal Viola, Stefanie Farrands, makes her ACO concerto debut, joining Richard Tognetti for this exquisite, unforgettable masterpiece. Britten idolised Mozart from boyhood. He visited Salzburg to retrace his footsteps and it’s where Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge premiered. Britten wrote with ease to capture Bridge’s integrity, wit, energy and gaiety.
Britten, like Mozart, was gifted beyond his years and had an instinct for timeless musical expression. This extraordinary elixir of youth and wisdom can be heard in
his Elegy, written by the composer when he was just 16 (coincidentally the same age at which Mozart wrote his Divertimento in D major).
We give Britten’s work its long-awaited Australian premiere.
★★★★½ “So impressive were the interweaving solos of Tognetti and Farrands that the audience burst into spontaneous applause at the end of the first movement.” - Limelight
★★★★½ “Take extraordinary works by two precocious prodigies, mix with the prodigious individual and collective talents of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and you have a recipe for a knockout concert.” - The Age.
★★★★ “Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge is a work that could have been written for the ACO… It is a perfect showcase for the expressive range and virtuosity of this superband.” - Sydney Morning Herald.
BRITTEN Elegy for Strings (Australian Premiere)
MOZART (arr. strings) Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K.364
MOZART Divertimento in D major, K.136
BRITTEN Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10
Richard Tognetti • Director & Violin
Stefanie Farrands • Viola
Australian Chamber Orchestra
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Do I need to be vaccinated to attend live ACO concerts?
Many of the venues we perform in require patrons to show proof of vaccination to attend events, with the exception of Llewellyn Hall in Canberra, which does not require patrons to show their vaccination status. Requirements for individual concert venues can be found at aco.com.au/covid.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes, mask-wearing is currently mandatory in indoor settings for all states we’re touring to. Click here to see the latest updates from the Federal Government.
What happens if borders to some states stay closed?
We are confident after our discussions with government and industry partners that the national and state vaccination targets will be met, and borders will reopen in time for our first interstate performances from February 2022 onwards. We have venues, flights and accommodation booked for our musicians. If some borders do remain closed refunds will be offered.
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What happens if I am unable to attend a concert due to having COVID-19 or being in isolation?
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