Touring to Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney Brisbane and Wollongong.
Richard Tognetti leads the ACO for this musical adventure that knows no boundaries.
The fascinating textures and perfumes of Spain have inspired artists and influenced cultures all around the world. American jazz legend Chick Corea was fired up by Joaquín Rodrigo’s beloved Aranjuez concerto and made it the launching pad for his orchestral masterpiece Spain. It’s an exhilarating fusion of two great musical traditions.
Far away in Russia, Rodion Shchedrin channelled Spain via Bizet for his Carmen Suite, a zesty, concentrated version of arguably the world’s favourite opera.
On the other side of Europe, Debussy’s enchantment with Spain was ignited after seeing a bullfight in San Sebastian, while Boccherini was born in Italy but spent most of his life in Madrid.
There’s so much more in this grand tour of discovery as a jazz quartet, featuring pianist Matt McMahon and trumpeter Phil Slater, joins the ACO to bring it all home.
DEBUSSY Images pour orchestre: 2. Ibéria: I. Par les rues et les chemins
BOCCHERINI String Quintet in C major, G.324 “Night music of the streets of Madrid”: Selections
RAVEL (arr. Tognetti) Violin Sonata No.2: II. Blues. Moderato
BIZET (arr. Shchedrin) Carmen Suite: Selections
TRADITIONAL Sephardic music, incl. Yo era niña de casa alta
MILES DAVIS Sketches of Spain: Solea
CHICK COREA Spain
Richard Tognetti • Director & Violin
Matt McMahon • Piano
Phil Slater • Trumpet
Brett Hirst • Bass
Jess Ciampa • Drums
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Get the answer to frequently asked questions below, or email [email protected] if you still have queries.
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.
When will I receive my tickets?
Tickets will be mailed out via Australia Post within five working days of your booking.
I have a credit on my account. How can I use it?
You can use your existing credit towards
any ACO purchase, including live
performances, StudioCasts and gift
vouchers. Credits can only be redeemed
by emailing [email protected] or by
calling the Box Office on 1800 444 444, they are not able to be processed online.
Will my credit expire?
Credit amounts generated from
cancelled performances do not expire.
We will continue to hold onto your
credit until you decide what you would
like to do.
Can I purchase accessible seating?
Yes. If you would like to book wheelchair
or accessible seating spaces, please call
the Box Office on 1800 444 444.
Can I pay for my tickets in instalments?
Yes. Full-season Subscribers have the option to pay in instalments – pay 50% to secure your booking, and the remaining balance within the following three months.
I want to buy live concert tickets and ACO StudioCasts. Can I do that?
Yes. You can purchase both through
the ACO website at aco.com.au or by
calling our Box Office on 1800 444 444.
What happens if I am unable to attend a concert due to having COVID-19 or being in isolation?
If any of these apply, please contact our friendly Box Office staff at [email protected] to receive a full refund. Tickets can also be exchanged for another performance date if this is preferred (subject to availability).