ACO Underground

ACO Up Close: ACO Underground

Abrupt History of Music.


ACO Underground: Abrupt History of Music

ACO Underground returns for one night only at The Neilson, in an unmissable brand-new show.

Known for traversing a kaleidoscope of musical genres and styles, in 2023 the band take on the challenge of charting an (unofficial) course from the beginnings of music as we know it to the present day. Boundaries are dissolved between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art, as Dolly Parton and Hildegard von Bingen meet across a millennium, Vivaldi discovers he’s not so different from Pussy Riot, and so much more,

Led by ACO Principal Violin and vocalist Satu Vänskä, ACO Underground is a unique group of multi-talented musicians breathing new life into a distinctive mix of old and new music.

“ACO Underground is an avenue for us to explore and experiment with our music, and we want to bring our audiences in on the experience. The aim is for audiences to encounter the unexpected – beautiful at one end and shocking at the other – but where the music is always at the forefront.” - Satu Vänskä, Violin and Vocals


The Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will be part of the Vivid Sydney (Fri 26 May – Sat 17 June) light walk. Please plan your visit carefully as there will be limited parking and road closures in place from 3pm. You can find more information on the Vivid Sydney website and download the road closure map here.


About ACO Up Close

ACO Up Close is your opportunity to experience astonishing musicians in an intimate setting.

Across a series of nine concerts throughout the year, leading soloists from around the world and musicians from the Australian Chamber Orchestra present fresh and innovative music in a relaxed setting.

ACO Up Close takes place in The Neilson, our state-of-the art 270-seat concert hall at the newly opened ACO Pier 2/3 in the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Acclaimed for its extraordinary acoustic, The Neilson provides an intimate context for these concerts.

We're thrilled to be presenting some of these concerts in Melbourne as well.


ACO Underground, led by Satu Vänskä (violin & vocals)