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ACO Relaxed Performance: Ilya Gringolts plays Bruch

Our Relaxed Performance featuring virtuoso violinist Ilya Gringolts performing one of the most beloved Romantic violin concertos.


Sharing music with new audiences lies at the heart of everything we do. Presented with flexible seating, adjusted lighting and sound levels, and a quiet space to chill out, ACO Relaxed Performances welcome people on the autism spectrum, people with sensory sensitivities, people with disability and access needs, and parents and carers with babies in an informal, daytime experience.

This performance is tailored to those for whom the traditional concert hall experience may be inaccessible, or who may not have seen our orchestra perform live before - we want to bring the music to you. Come along, respond to the music, make noise, be yourself and have fun!

This performance will feature a 50 minute selection of music from our Ilya Gringolts plays Bruch program.


★★★★ ½ A hugely impressive display of apparently effortless technical mastery delivered with nonchalant playfulness.” – Sydney Morning Herald on Ilya Gringolts plays Paganini (2018)

The Bruch violin concerto is one of the most popular Romantic concertos, beloved for its drama, lyricism and passion. It’s an emotional journey from folk-inflected start to heart-swelling finish. After electrifying audiences with his Paganini in 2018, Ilya Gringolts returns to bring you Bruch, arranged for strings and timpani, and confirm his reputation as one of the most thrilling violinists on the planet.

Ilya’s virtuosity is equally at home in Frank Martin’s pivotal and spiritually uplifting 20th-century masterwork Polyptyque for violin and double string orchestra. This six-part meditation on episodes from Christ’s life was written for Yehudi Menuhin. Ilya makes it his own. Hot off the press is a work by young Sydney-based composer Harry Sdraulig, while the Concerto for String Orchestra from Poland’s Grażyna Bacewicz puts the ACO’s brilliance in the spotlight with life-affirming vigour, optimism and shimmering beauty.

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